Foundations of Working with Children

Subject PSYT90031 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 contact hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours in total

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Currently working in field.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

A minimum of 80% attendance at seminars

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Academic contact

James Olver

Administrative contact

Ms Aris Cologon

Subject Overview:

This subject will cover:

  • specific aspects of developmental theory, cognitive-behavioural theory, psychodynamic theory and systems theory perspectives which may be used to understand and work effectively with children;
  • various forms of play and how these may be responded to therapeutically;
  • children's drawings and how these may be understood and responded to appropriately; and
  • the importance of the concepts of limit-setting, holding and containing.
Learning Outcomes:

Participants will develop their understanding of:

  • The principal theoretical orientations employed in clinical work with children.
  • The fundamental concepts that these theoretical orientations are based upon.
  • The rationale for selection of one form of treatment over another.
  • The application of appropriate therapeutic interventions.
  • Take-home test of 1,000 words due week 6 (worth 25%)
  • Essay of 4,000 words due end of semester (worth 75%)
  • Minimum 80% seminar attendance (hurdle requirement)
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject, participants should be able to:

  • Distinguish theoretical orientations employed in clinical work
  • Describe fundamental concepts that these theoretical orientations are based upon
  • Consider the rationale for selection of one form of treatment over another
  • Discuss the application of appropriate therapeutic interventions

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Science
Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Science
Master of Mental Health Science

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