Child Psychopathology

Subject 512-927 (2009)

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Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks. Estimated Total Time Commitment: 54 hours
Total Time Commitment: Not available

PSYC00029 Graduate Research Methods

PSYC00030 Psychological Assessment across the Lifespan

PSYC00031 Introduction to Psychopathology

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Lesley Bretherton
Subject Overview:

This component is focused around disorders such as autism, anxiety and depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders and learning difficulties as well as presentations involving paediatric chronic illness and eating disorders. Emphasis is on identifying such disorders, and understanding possible aetiologies and prognoses from a developmental framework. The complexity of working with a child in the context of the family is also addressed. Treatment of childhood disorders in a behavioural and cognitive behavioural framework is also demonstrated.

Objectives: Students will be given the opportunity to gain an understanding of psychopathology in childhood and adolescence from the theoretical, research and clinical perspectives. Studnets will acquire an understanding of appropriate use of diagnostic classification systems, such as DSM-IV, and critical appraisal of such systems and their limitations within developmental settings; gain a basic understanding of clinical assessments of children and adolescents for various disorders; and gain introductory knowledge of treatment methods for childhood disorders.

Demonstration of competent test administration by submitting a completed WISC-1V test protocol is a hurdle requirement. Satisfactory class participation and an essay of not more than 2000 words on a given topic relevant to the lecture series will also be required.

Satisfactory class participation in all components is also required.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Marsch, Edward J. & Barkly, Russell A. Child Psychopathology (2nd edition 2003); The Guildford Press: New York
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Analytical, information intergration and synthesizing skills.

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Psychology(Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Child)

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