PSYC5674 Assessment and Intervention—Childhood Disorders

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Children do not self-refer for assessment. This raises a range of ethical and practical issues. Typically, they are referred for assessment by parents, carers, teachers or other professionals working with them. The issues for which they are referred are of concern to the referring party; they are usually, but not necessarily, of concern for the child. Issues that cause most concern vary with the age of the child but typically include problems with emotional development, learning and behaviour. The unit introduces students to the presentation of children with a variety of mental health disorders that typically arise during the developmental years; assessment tools and techniques; diagnostic criteria and differential diagnosis; communication and consultation with stakeholders; and common evidence-based interventions.
Students are able to (1) gain an understanding of the rationale for, and ethics of, assessing children and development of interventions; (2) develop an understanding of, and experience with, the process of assessment; (3) gain familiarity with diagnostic criteria provided by the DSM-5 and the ICD-10; (4) gain exposure to the major assessment strategies and techniques that are used to gather information about young clients, and interpretation of these assessments; (5) develop awareness of the major evidence-based interventions used with clients with disorders originating in infancy, childhood and adolescence; and (6) be equipped with the ability to identify, formulate and treat childhood behaviour disorders.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) presentation and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jeneva Ohan
Unit rules
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology 53370;
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
Contact hours
lectures: 12 x 3 hours (lecture attendance is compulsory)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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.
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.