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Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families (PSY664)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Includes critical examination of theories and interventions applicable to psychological problems of childhood and adolescence. Students will gain knowledge and skills in diagnoses of, and applying interventions to, a range of child and adolescent presentations including anxiety, depression, elimination disorders, conduct and behaviour problems, suicide and self-harm. Cognitive, behavioural, and systemic interventions will be examined and principals from attachment and developmental theory will be incorporated. Professional and ethical issues specific to child and adolescent populations will also be examined.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the course, at least the following outcomes should pertain:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the professional and ethical issues relevant to working with children, adolescents and families. Introductory lecturer driven seminars will be key in this regard.
2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of common psychological disorders and problems of childhood, adolescence and family functioning. This knowledge will extend to aetiology, diagnosis, treatment, and management of these disorders. This knowledge will also relate to the assessment of these disorders psychometrically and diagnostically. Specific disorders would include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, elimination disorders, sleep disorders, eating disorders, emerging personality disorders, and conduct and disruptive behaviour disorders.
3. Demonstrate the ability to synthesize and organize clinical information derived at interview and assessment and to produce associated written and oral formulations.
4. Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments for children and adolescents and to synthesize this information in clinically applicable written and oral formats.
5. Demonstrate an ability to develop treatment plans for children adolescents and families, to begin to implement those plans, and to evaluate and monitor the progress of those plans by reading feedback, resistance and progress.
6. Demonstrate the ability to communicate clinical knowledge to professional and client audiences in clinical contexts.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars/practicals: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a mixture of direct instruction from the lecturer on foundation skills for working with children and adolescents and the legal and ethical frameworks within which this occurs; direct instruction from the lecturer on the practice of family therapy and psychodynamic therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy; comprehensive student efforts at familiarizing themselves (through lecturer guided reading of prescribed text and other materials) with the diagnosis, aetiologies and evidence based treatments for child and adolescent psychopathologies; and substantial facilitation of student thinking and meta-thinking about the complex process issues in psychotherapy. This facilitation in critical thinking is achieved through lecturer modelling, assignment feedback, and presentation of case material.
Other Learning Experiences Within the timetabled seminars, students are also exposed to role-plays of clinical skills where the same are demonstrated by the lecturer. Students are also presented with other practical exercises as part of the student presentations which include access to tape-recorded clinical interviews, access to some treatment and assessment technology, and access to case material. Students are also required to present in Powerpoint format on the aetiology, clinical presentation of, and treatment for child psychopathologies and students begin to practise their own interview skills in a role-play taped assignment.
Assessment Mid-term exam 40%
Treatment plan 40%
Seminar presentation 20%
Prerequisites Enrolment in MAppPsych (Professional), MAppPsych (Clinical), DPsych (Clinical) or MAppPsych (Clinical)/PhD.
Exclusions Students who have completed: PSY564 Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (MAppPsych)
Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) (MAppPsych(Professional)) [New in 2015]
Master of Applied Psychology + Doctor of Philosophy (MAppPsych)+(PhD)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (DPsych)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Renita Almeida
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2058
e: Renita.Almeida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.006 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Renita Almeida
Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2058
e: Renita.Almeida@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.006 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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