PSYC6403

Psychological Practice: Intellectual Disability

10 Units

This course focuses on professional issues for psychologists and other allied health professionals working with those with intellectual disability. The course offers a general introduction to disability with a particular focus on mental health in intellectual disability. It will also cover the definition, aetiology and assessment of intellectual disability, service provision and psychological interventions for individuals and their carers.

Faculty Faculty of Science
School School of Psychology
Availability

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess the mental health of people with intellectual disability.
  2. Assess the support needs of people with intellectual disability and take appropriate steps to ensure those needs are met.
  3. Assess the needs of the carers of people with intellectual disability and take appropriate steps to ensure those needs are met.
  4. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of the common behavioural and psychological problems of people with intellectual disability and develop appropriate evidence-based intervention strategies for the amelioration of those problems.
  5. Assess cognition and capacity, and the consequences of these on the functional ability of people with intellectual disability.
  6. Communicate the results of assessments to the client and other stakeholders where appropriate.
  7. Evaluate the success of psychological and behavioural interventions with people with intellectual disability.
  8. Reflect upon the stigma associated with intellectual disability and the self as a therapist working in these contexts.
Content
  • Psychological aspects of disability.
  • Definition, aetiology and assessment of intellectual disability.
  • Assessing and meeting the needs of people with intellectual disability.
  • The impact of intellectual disability on the family.
  • Dual diagnosis - disability and mental health problems.
  • Models of behavioural assessment and intervention for people with intellectual disability.
  • Communicating with paid and unpaid carers.
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.
Assessment Items
  • Report: A Case Study (Problem Based Learning) *
  • Presentation: In class presentation *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Contact Hours Not currently offered
Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Presentation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. 2. Report: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for PSYC6403
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