Adult Psychopathology

PSY80074 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester or equivalent 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours Face to Face + Blended

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23


Admission to the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) programs or equivalent.



Aims and objectives

This unit is designed to provide advanced critical appreciation of theoretical and phenomenological models of psychopathology in adults. A further aim is for students to be able to apply this knowledge in assessment, diagnosis and formulation in a range of clinical settings and across a range of client presentations.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Integrate theoretical and phenomenological models of psychopathology in adults
2. Critically evaluate major taxonomies in psychopathology and their clinical application in a range of settings
3. Apply advanced diagnostic and assessment skills

Courses with unit

A unit of study in the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) and Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology).