This unit introduces current perspectives on the conceptualisation and treatment of child and adult psychopathology. Core theories and models are presented within a developmental-ecological framework, and examined in relation to the aetiology, course, and maintenance of common psychological problems. Theoretical and practical skills-based training addresses core consultation processes (e.g., relational skills, engaging families) and clinical assessment and intervention practices across a range of formats for intervention (e.g., individual, group, parent/family, school-based, eHealth). Content related to children and adolescents focuses primarily on evidence-based psychosocial interventions for the major externalising disorders in these periods (e.g., oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), as well as child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders. In line with current best-practice guidelines, an emphasis is placed on placed on processes that are ecological and family-centred (e.g., parenting interventions; the role of teachers and schools in assessment and intervention). Content related to younger and older adults includes evidence-based psychosocial interventions for anxiety disorders (e.g., post traumatic stress disorder), mood disorders (e.g., unipolar depression, suicide management), and eating disorders (e.g., bulimia nervosa), and issues related to personality-related psychopathology. Throughout the unit attention is given to issues involved in the culturally responsive delivery of mental health interventions with diverse client populations.
3-hour weekly lectures
Clinical role play: Video; Clinical role play: Written self-critique; Clinical Decision making assignment (100%). Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on all assessments to satisfy requirements for this unit of study.
Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.