Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Subject PSYT90006 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 18.75
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

February, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 05-Feb-2016 to 06-May-2016
Assessment Period End 06-May-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 23-Feb-2016
Census Date 26-Feb-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 01-Apr-2016

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 12 weeks x 3.5 hour seminars
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 Overview, Objectives, 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:


Assoc Prof Alessandra Radovini


Administrative contact:

Victoria Kingsley

Subject Overview:

This subject will provide students with the opportunity to view the evolution of human behaviour through the life cycle from a developmental perspective.

Learning Outcomes:

• Describe key developmental life stages through childhood and adolescence
• Describe key developmental psychological, social and biological factors involved in normal and abnormal development through childhood and adolescence
• Describe key developmental psychological, social and biological factors involved in the onset, progression, natural history and treatment options in specific common child and adolescent psychiatric disorders
• Analyse key continuities and discontinuities between adult and child and adolescent psychiatric practice
• Apply the bio-psycho-social approach to the assessment and treatment of child and adolescent disorders at different developmental stages
• Critically reflect on the influences of chronic illness, impairment, disability and handicap on development at an individual, interpersonal, family and social level
• Transfer theoretical readings and synthesis of the available evidence base into key ideas, and develop skills in succinct communication (orally and in professional written form) of these ideas to ones peers.

  1. Oral presentation as part of a series of related presentations and discussion that totals 10 minutes, during semester (40% of assessment)
  2. Written essay on child and adolescent psychiatry 2500 words, due end of semester (60% of assessment)
  3. Hurdle requirement: 75% attendance of sessions (for face to face students) OR 75% completion of online modules (for online students)
  4. Hurdle requirement: Fieldwork - either: 3 RANZCP workplace based assessments (WBAs) by workplace supervisors (approx. 90min each, or more time depending on competency), OR 3 Workplace Practical Activity Log sheets (WPALs) to be taken away and then checked by the subject coordinator after submission.
Prescribed Texts:
  • Quay, H C, Werry, J S (eds) (1986) Psychopathological Disorders of Childhood, 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons, New York
  • Rutter, M (ed) Developmental Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Press, Washington DC, 1987
  • Rutter, M., Taylor E. (eds) (2002) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Modern Approaches, 4th edition, Blackwell Scientific, Oxford
  • Rutter M, Tumma, Lann (eds) (11988) Assessment and Diagnosis in Child Psychopathology, Guildford Press, New York
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Psychiatry
Master of Psychiatry

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