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PSY5060 Child and Adolescent Psychology

Semester 2, 2022 Ipswich On-campus
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules


Examiner: Crystal McMullen


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development


Psychologists are required to possess the knowledge and skills needed to work with clients of all ages, including children and adolescents. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the different developmental issues, psychological concerns, and methods that apply in treatment and assessment, in order to be able to work successfully with children, adolescents and their carers/parents.

The course will provide students with the knowledge of how to apply key theories of child and adolescent development into clinical practice. In addition, the course covers common psychological presentations in childhood and adolescence, diagnostic considerations in these age groups, therapeutic relationship skills, and the evidence-based assessment and treatment methods recommended for infants, preschool-age children, primary-school age children and adolescents. Finally, the course will cover important knowledge and skills regarding the impact of child/adolescent psychopathology on parents, teachers and carers, and how to work successfully with these groups.

Attendance at the five on-campus workshops is mandatory. Dates of the five workshops will be according to the 'Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with infancy, childhood and adolescence;
  2. Apply a working knowledge of the common psychopathology and DSM-V disorders that occur during infancy, childhood and adolescence;
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in selection and use of appropriate assessment methods in childhood and adolescence;
  4. Integrate knowledge and skills in formulation and treatment of children and adolescents;
  5. Employ advanced knowledge and skills in rapport-building methods with children, adolescents, and their carers/parents.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Child and Adolescent Development – Typical and Atypical 20.00
2. Assessment Methodology with Children and Adolescents 20.00
3. Evidence-based Formulation and Treatment Planning for Child and Adolescent Presentations 20.00
4. Therapeutic Relationship Skills with Children, Adolescents and their carers/parents 20.00
5. Common Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Demonstration 1 No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Assignments Practical Demonstration 2 No 50 1,2,3,4,5
Date printed 10 February 2023