Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan

Subject PSYC90010 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment:

54 Hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements, Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Dr Rowena Conroy


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

12th floor Redmond Barry Building (Building 115 Map)

Telephone: + 61 3 8344 6377



Subject Overview:

The objective of this subject is for students to develop an understanding of mental health across different stages of the lifespan, from infancy through to older adulthood. Six seminars will cover infancy, early and middle childhood, and adolescence. These lectures will focus on topics such as the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood and adolescence, the attachment relationship and implications for mental health, commonly presenting difficulties at different developmental stages, and approaches to engagement, assessment and intervention with young people and families at each stage. Six lectures will address topics of clinical relevance to older adults. These include life transitions, normal development and cognitive change in later life, theroretical models of ageing, models for psychological intervention with older adults and how intervention might be modified in light of maturational and contextual variables, and psychological intervention in people with dementia and their families.

Learning Outcomes:

To provide students with an opportunity to:

  • Gain an understanding of mental health issues pertinent to different stages of the lifespan
  • Develop the skills necessary to critically evaluate theoretical approaches to assessment and intervention at these different life stages, and to select the most appropriate and evidence-based interventions
  • Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to provide clinical assessment and intervention services to individuals and families at different developmental stages
  • A mid-semester written assignment of 1500 words based on case material provided in class and related to work with infants, children, and/or adolescents (50% of final mark)
  • An end-of-semester written assignment of 1500 words based on case material provided in class and related to work with adults (50% of final mark)
  • Attendance at class is compulsory and an attendance rate of 80% or above is required for satisfactory completion of the subject.
Prescribed Texts:

Readings made availble through the LMS

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  1. Advanced information interpretations skills
  2. Advanced analytic, integration and problem solving skills
Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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