PSYC6513

Clinical Psychology of Special Groups: Intellectual Disabilities/Older Adults

10 Units

This course focuses on the clinical psychology of older adults and on people with intellectual disability. The first module will offer 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. The second module will offer a general introduction to mental health and ageing. It will also cover the role of the Clinical Psychologist in cognitive and capacity assessment, as well as the management of behavioural disturbance associated with diseases of ageing such as dementia.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess the mental health of older adults and people with intellectual disability.
  2. Assess the support needs of older adults/people with intellectual disability and take appropriate steps to ensure those needs are met.
  3. Assess the needs of the carers of people with dementia/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 older adults/ 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 dementia/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 older adults and people with intellectual disability.
  8. Reflect up the stigma associated with ageing/intellectual disability and the self as a therapist working in these contexts.
Content
  • Psychological aspects of disability.
  • Defintion, 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.
  • Psychological aspects of ageing.
  • Cognition, capacity, and functional competency in older adults.
  • Dementia and the role of the Clinical Psychologist.
  • Assessment and management of behavioural distrubance among older adults.
  • Provision of education and counselling for older adults with chronic illness and their carers.
  • Mental health in older adults.
  • Communicating with paid and unpaid carers.
Requisites
  • This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology or Doctor of Clinical Psychology programs.
Assumed Knowledge Knowledge acquired in a course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society as an appropriate 4 year undergraduate sequence of psychology.
Assessment Items
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Written case report *
  • Presentation: Verbal presentation of a clinical case study *
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Course Assessment Requirements: 1. Presentation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must pass this assessment task to gain a pass in this course) 2. Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. (Students must pass this assessment task to gain a pass in this course)
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for PSYC6513
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