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Child and Adolescent Mental Health - BMRI5052

Year - 2020

This unit of study is designed for doctors working with children and adolescents with mental health presentations (e.g. psychiatry trainees, general practitioners and paediatricians) to develop their learning in the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. The key approach of the unit will be to provide students with the capacity to understand child and family psychopathology from the molecular level to the societal. This unit provides an understanding of child development from conception through adolescence, looking at key genetic and environmental factors that contribute to clinical disorder, particularly the role of the family environment. The different phases of brain development will be studied, from the formation of new connections in childhood to the pruning of connections in adolescence and changes to the frontal and temporal lobes. Major psychopathologies such as mood and anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) learning disorders and autism spectrum disorders will be examined. The effects of puberty and gene-environment interactions will be explored with respect to the development of emerging adolescent psychiatric disorders, such as mood disorder. Students will learn about psychological and pharmacological management of mental disorders in children and adolescents, as well as the importance of working with families, carers and wider systems including multidisciplinary teams, education and welfare sectors.

online lectures, podcasts, 2 x 2 hour face to face workshops (online option available) and one full day face to face workshop

Essay (50%) and Case Study (50%)

Rey, J.M. (Ed.). (2015). IACAPAP e-textbook of child and adolescent mental health. Geneva, Switzerland: International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. Open accesspublication:

Assumed knowledge
Clinical experience in psychiatry or general practice or paediatrics of equivalent is essential.


BMRI5011 or BMRI5010


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2 Early

03 Aug 2020

Department/School: Central Clinical School
Study Mode: Distance education/intensive on campus
Census Date: 31 Aug 2020
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Benjamin Hoadley
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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