Advanced Clinical Psychology with Adults

10 Units

Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the less common and more refractory disorders of adults, including substance-related disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and eating disorders. This teaching is integrated with instruction on methods of intervention for these problems, including pharmacotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and dialectical behaviour therapy.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

At the conclusion of the semester students will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of the less common and more refractory psychological disorders of adults.
  2. Develop appropriate treatment plans for the amelioration of the more refractory problems of adults.
  3. Communicate the conclusions of assessments of the problems of adults to the clients themselves and to others involved in their care.
  4. Engage adults in therapeutic alliances appropriate to the implementation of treatment plans.
  5. Implement treatment plans and evaluate their success.
  6. Identify signs that adults are a danger to themselves or to others and take appropriate action.

The course involves identifying and assessing the following disorders and developing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans for these disorders:

  • Alcohol abuse and dependence
  • Abuse of, and dependence upon, illicit drugs
  • Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Personality disorders
  • Eating disorders The course will also involve teaching on the following:

  • Pharmacotherapy

  • Dialectical behaviour therapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Advanced cognitive behaviour therapy
Replacing Course(s) None
Transition Not applicable
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society. It is also assumed that students will have completed PSYC6503 Clinical Psychology with Adults.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
  • Examination: Oral - Clinical viva
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Completion of a graded Essay
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 18 hour(s) per Week for 2 weeks
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, Doctorate of Clinical and Health Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology programs
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6509

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