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Unit Overview


Childhood mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety, conduct disorders and attachment problems, are common. It is essential that psychologists working with children, adolescents and families are trained to be able to identify, assess and provide evidence-based treatment to young people presenting with these disorders. This unit explores, in depth, the range of issues involved in working with infants, children and adolescents. The focus is on developing a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of current evidence-based assessments and treatments for these disorders.

6 points

Students are able to (1) have an understanding of theory and research as it pertains to the aetiology of affective disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety disorders), suicide and self-harm behaviours and conduct disorders in infants, children and adolescents; (2) gain knowledge of, and basic skills in, evidence-based interventions and treatments for children and adolescents with these disorders; (3) have an understanding of how these disorders impact on the child's and family's lives, with particular reference to the child's relationships and functioning within the family, the school environment and the community; (4) have an understanding of risk factors that may influence the development and course of these disorders and have gained knowledge of appropriate and available prevention strategies or programs that may be universal or targeted; (5) learn skills in communicating their knowledge about issues relating to these disorders to varied audiences (e.g. parents, teachers); and (6) understand how to apply this knowledge within a supervised clinical placement.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written handout; (2) oral presentation; and (3) active participation. 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 Jeneva Ohan
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Clinical Psychology (54570)
or the Master of Clinical Psychology (Extended) (55570).
and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I), PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
PSYC5568 Adult and Child Psychotherapy 1 (formerly PSYC8568 Adult and Child Psychotherapy 1)
and PSYC5569 Adult and Child Psychotherapy 2 (formerly PSYC8569 Adult and Child Psychotherapy 2)
Contact hours
lectures: 13 x 3 hours (attendance at classes/workshops is compulsory)
Students enrolled in an APAC accredited program must hold provisional registration as a psychologist. It is the students' responsibility to ensure registration eligibility. Enrolled students are also responsible for maintaining provisional registration for the duration of their enrolment in the program.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.