EDUC5492 Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
How do teachers and school psychologists differentiate between students who engage in antisocial behaviour because that is their goal and those who present with similar antisocial behaviour because they not help it? Should the management of these students be the same? This unit is an introduction to addressing this dilemma and to understanding the behavioural problems commonly encountered in special and mainstream school settings. Students will be involved in weekly practical DVD based exercises to become familiar with a range of general behaviour problems and their management in classrooms through to severe conduct problems often associated with ADHD, oppositionality and conduct disorder.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate the general behaviour management techniques used with mainstream school students; (2) understand the concept of 'at risk' and the importance of reputation in the development and maintenance of risk status; (3) understand the aetiology, prevalence and characteristics associated with disruptive behaviour disorders (i.e. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder) and delinquency; (4) differentiate early onset life course persistent versus adolescent limited trajectories and juvenile psychopathy; and (5) evaluate the major issues pertaining to assessment and treatment.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) case study 1 and (2) case study 2. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the case study 1 and case study 2 components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Stephen Houghton
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week for 10 weeks
Unit Outline

Readings are made available on a weekly basis by the unit coordinator.

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