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Unit Overview


This unit develops skills and understanding in school psychology so students are ready to work relatively independently in a variety of professional tasks. Students develop sensitivity to the needs and characteristics of children, adolescents, parents and colleagues, both as individuals and in groups. They also develop knowledge and skills relevant to school psychology, and develop an awareness of their professional attitudes. Students undertake self-appraisal of their professional performance. Topics include managing critical incidents, behaviour (externalising and internalising), aggression, learning problems and social development.

6 points

Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of a number of clinical and mental health issues presented to school psychologists working with children, adolescents and adults; (2) measure and analyse behaviour; (3) understand internalising and externalising behaviour; (4) understand behaviour management techniques; (5) develop appropriate behaviour change programs; and (6) gain an understanding of social development and the impact of learning difficulty on the mental wellbeing of the students.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial presentation; (2) classroom observation; and (3) a written psychological report. 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 tutorial presentation, classroom observation, and a written psychological report components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ken Glasgow
Unit rules
EDUC5469 School Psychology I.
EDUC5481 Professional Practice I
or EDUC5405 School Psychology Professional Practice I.
and enrolment in
the Graduate Diploma in Education (31400)
or enrolment in
Graduate Diploma in School Psychology (30360)
EDUC5482 Professional Practice II
or EDUC5406 School Psychology Professional Practice II
Advisable prior study
a Bachelor of Psychology degree
Contact hours
30 hours
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