The unit is designed to introduce students to a range of disorders seen in infancy, childhood and adolescence and the key principles relevant to conducting psychological assessments and treatments with children/adolescents and their families. Special attention is given to the assessment and intervention methods for young offenders. Students will be introduced to the Children’s Court and Family Court of Australia. Students will become familiar with areas such as the determination of guardianship, custody and access, psychological consequences of divorce, family violence, custody evaluations and access determination, and should have an understanding of the role and skills of mediation in family disputes. With respect to Children’s Court matters, they will become familiar with protective issues and criminal matters.


Teaching periods
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a substantial body of knowledge of theoretical models of forensic psychology as applied to children and families
  • Comprehend and synthesise expert theoretical knowledge concerning the role of the psychologist in forensic settings where children and families are present
  • Critically evaluate and apply methods of assessing and treating children and families in forensic contexts
  • Explain and critique theoretical positions to other professionals and services within the forensic context

Teaching methods


Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 12 weeks 36
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.75 12 weeks 93
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
3.00 7 weeks 21


Type Task Weighting ULO's
Report 1Individual 60% 1,2,3,4 
Report 2Individual 0% 1,2,3,4 
Tutorial PaperIndividual 40% 1,2,3,4 
Case ReportIndividual 40% 1,2,6 
Case ReportIndividual 60% 1,2,3,4,5,6 
Case StudiesIndividual 0% 1,2,3,4,5,6 


  • Classification, diagnosis and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders 
  • Assessment 
  • Disorders of infancy and early childhood 
  • Disorders of childhood 
  • Working with adolescents 
  • When to refer and referral sources 
  • Depression, anxiety and mental state examinations in older adolescents 
  • Treatment approaches for children and adolescents
  • Case observation 
  • Introduction and overview of child forensic psychology
  • Introduction to children, family and law
  •  Interviewing children and child victims,
  • Child maltreatment 
  • Assessments of youth: protective assessments 
  • Family Court assessments: custody and access 
  • Assessment and treatment of young offenders

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.