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Clinical Psychology: Neurodevelopmental & Neuropsychological Disorders Across the Lifespan (PSY567)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit covers the major issues and methods that apply broadly to understanding and responding to challenges associated with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological disorders across the lifespan. The aim is to increase understanding of what constitutes such disorders and effective assessment and treatment options.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the Unit, at least the following outcomes should pertain:
1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the professional and ethical issues relevant to working with people with neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological disorders, and their families.
2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of common neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological disorders. This knowledge will extend to aetiology, diagnosis, treatment, and management. Knowledge relating to the assessment of these disorders psychometrically and diagnostically will also be obtained. Specific disorders include Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Genetic Disorders, Acquired Brain Injury and Dementia.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of engaging, and working collaboratively, with other professionals and across agencies in this sector.
4. Demonstrate an ability to synthesize and organise clinical information derived at interview and assessment and to produce associated written and oral formulations.
5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate clinical knowledge to professional and client audiences in clinical contexts.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars/workshops: 3 hours per week or equivalent. Due to the nature of this unit, students should seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period. At times, seminars or workshops are run in non-standard teaching times
Unit Learning Experiences The knowledge and expertise students are expected to acquire by doing this unit will be delivered in a series of lectures, classroom activities, readings, and graded assignments. The Unit will demand a high degree of student application and commitment and flexibility.
Assessment Classroom participation - 15%
Group presentation and case discussion - 40%
Case study report - 45%
Prerequisites Enrolment in MAppPsych (Clinical), DPsych (Clinical) or MAppPsych (Clinical)/PhD
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (MAppPsych)
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 Alexandra Metse
Clinical Psychology Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: Alexandra.Metse@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.007 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Alexandra Metse
Clinical Psychology Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: Silent
e: Alexandra.Metse@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.007 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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