Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents

10 Units

Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common psychological disorders of older children and adolescents including problems of affect disturbance; eating disorders; problems of substance abuse; personality development; and gender / social identity. The teaching also integrates instruction and discussion of methods of intervention.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 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 common psychological disorders of older children and adolescents.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the assessment procedures and their appropriate application to the presenting case.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the various intervention strategies appropriate in these cases.
  4. Explain concept of ‘best practice’ as determined by evidence-based treatments for the amelioration of these problems.
  5. Show an awareness of the impact of the problems and interventions on the young person’s social milieu.
  1. Problems of emotional distress
  2. Problems with eating
  3. Problems of personality development
  4. Problems of substance abuse
  5. Problems of social identity and social development
  6. Adjustment problems in adolescence
  7. Behavioural interventions
  8. Other intervention strategies
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 PSYC6506 Clinical Psychology with Children and Families.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay/s based on material presented in class plus readings
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement. Students will be rated on their (1) focus on the working problem, (2) commitment and professional attitude, (3) respect for the contributions of others, (4) participation in deliberations, (5) quality of information provided.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Requisite by Enrolment: Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology, and PhD (Clinical Psychology) programs.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6510

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