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Unit Overview


In this Unit students will be introduced to assessment of the more common mental state problems that fall under the umbrella term “mental health”. The characteristics of the more common mental health problems will be presented as will how the characteristics manifest in the classroom and how they may be identified. Students will develop an understanding of how the various mental health issues faced by students affect their learning and social development as well as their overall general wellbeing. Topics will include a consideration of anxiety and depression issues in education contexts.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the impact mental health problems have on the developing child and adolescent in terms of learning, social development and general wellbeing.; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the characteristics of mental health problems and how they are assessed.; (3) evaluate various instruments (both narrowband and broadband) that are commonly used to assess the more common mental health problems and be able to interpret the data.; and (4) apply their knowledge to use the data from the instruments to create interventions to support students experiencing mental health problems..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research paper and (2) case study. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
EDUC5639 Childhood and Adolescent Developmental Psychopathology
Contact hours
Intensive teaching
For assignment 1 students will write on a topical issue in mental health outlining the issue, discussing its assessment and identification, and citing relevant research. Students may choose from a list of possible issues which will be provided, or they may write about an issue of their own choosing after consultation with the unit supervisor.

For the presentation the students will work as a pair or group of three to prepare and present on a topic relevant to student mental health and wellness. Each student will present for 20 minutes and will then set tasks or questions for the group related to their presentation.
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