Child Psychopathology and Assessment

PSY60003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn

Duration

  • 1 semester /teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours

Prerequisites

Admission to Master of Psychology (Clinical) MA-PSYCLP; or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical) DR-PHICP; or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) DR-CFPSY or equivalent

Corequisites

Nil

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of disorders seen in infancy, childhood and adolescence according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Students will gain understanding of key principles relevant to conducting psychological assessments with children /adolescents and their families for formulation, diagnosis and treatment planning. Knowledge of theoretical frameworks for conceptualising child development and behaviour is developed while ensuring that students understand “normal” child development and the importance of taking a developmental perspective when working with children, adolescents and their families .
 
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Understand the importance of normal child development.
2. Describe the role of early experiences in shaping children’s development and behaviour.
3. Consider possible diagnoses and differential diagnoses.
4. Develop a comprehensive case formulation and treatment plan.
 
 

Courses with unit

Master of Psychology (Clinical) MA-PSYCLP; or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical) DR-PHICP; or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic) DR-CFPSY or equivalent