EDUC5492 Understanding and Managing Disruptive Behaviour Disorders

6 points

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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) critically evaluate and 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 neurodevelopmental and impulse control disorders (i.e. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder) and delinquency; and (4) differentiate early onset life course persistent versus adolescent limited trajectories and juvenile psychopathy and evaluate the major issues pertaining to assessment and treatment.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) DVD case study 1 and (2) DVD 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 DVD case study 1 and DVD 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

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

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