Clinical Infant Case Studies

Subject PSYT90080 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 15
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Clinical experience in a child health or mental health or child welfare setting.

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:


Assoc Prof Campbell Paul


Administrative Contact

Victoria Kingsley

Subject Overview:

This subject will introduce students to the scope of infant mental health practice in different health and welfare settings. The format will be case based teaching with each student each student taking turns to present a case of an infant and their family from their clinical practice setting. The seminar leader will actively teach key from the case presented to impart conceptual and technical knowledge about infant mental health practice.

Learning Outcomes:

This subject aims to:

  • teach students how to judiciously apply infant mental health concepts and skills to their own cases and clinical practice setting
  • teach students to effectively communicate to professional peers about the salient features of a clinical case.
  • Active participation in the seminar including student reflective journal, ongoing throughout the subject (hurdle requirement)
  • Oral Presentation of case in the seminar equivalent to 2000 words, rostered to occur between weeks 3 and 11 (50% weighting)
  • Written case report of 2500 words, due end of semester (50% weighting)
Prescribed Texts:

Zeanah, C.H. Handbook of Infant Mental Health, 3rd edition
Thomson Salo F.S. & Paul,C., The Baby as Subject (Volume 2), Stonnington Press.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

Students will be able to:

  • present the essential clinical features of a case of an infant and their family from their clinical practice
  • distinguish and articulate the key mental health issues present in cases from their own caseload
  • critically compare and select the relevance of different theoretical concepts for their cases
  • critically compare and select the relevance of different clinical techniques for their cases
  • apply an infant mental health perspective to the management plan of a clinical case of an infant and their family

It is required that applicants have a Working With Children Check before commencing this subject.

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

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