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PSYC6082: Treatment Across the Lifespan

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.

Code PSYC6082
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Apply advanced knowledge of psychopathology, developmental systems, and the core principles and theoretical models that underpin current evidence-based practice, in working with socially and culturally diverse clients across the lifespan;
  • LO2. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised international taxonomy as part of the broader clinical engagement and multi-method assessment of diverse clients across the lifespan;
  • LO3. Integrate and interpret multi-modal psychological assessment and diagnostic data to inform case conceptualisation and evidence-based treatment planning;
  • LO4. Formulate complex conceptualisations of presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions and manage risk;
  • LO5. Demonstrate skills in empirically supported interventions, and in monitoring clients’ progress and intervention outcomes;
  • LO6. Integrate psychopharmacology knowledge into complex conceptualisation, clinical planning and management, including working effectively with other health professionals;
  • LO7. Demonstrate professional communication skills, including interviews and assessments and evidence based intervention demonstrations of skills.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.