Clinical Psychology with Adults

10 Units

Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common disorders of adults, including adjustment disorder, bereavement, depression, and the anxiety disorders. This teaching is integrated with instruction on methods of intervention, including pharmacotherapy and individual, couple and group psychotherapy, for these problems.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of the more common psychological disorders of adults.
  2. Develop appropriate treatment plans for the amelioration of the 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:

1. Adjustment disorder

2. Depression and suicide

3. Phobias

4. Panic disorder

5. Generalised anxiety disorder

6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

7. Post-traumatic stress disorder

The course will also involve teaching on the following:

8. Pharmacotherapy

9. Marital and group therapies

  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical & Health Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology.
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
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Weekly in-class interactive case-work
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study
  • Presentation: Critical case presentation
  • Essay: Essay
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for PSYC6503
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