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CMH2002 - Perspectives in developmental mental health

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor A Vance


Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


An overview of the developmental stages of life from infancy to adulthood, parenting and families. Development is examined from the perspectives of physical development, cognitive development, relationships, continuous adaptation, emotional and social development and cultural factors. The unit also deals with interviewing and assessment techniques and the writing of clinical assessment reports, and best practice approaches to prevention and treatment.


Upon completion of this units students will have:

  1. Developed an understanding of the developmental stages of life, i.e.:neonates and infants; toddlers; pre-school children; school aged children; adolescents; adults; the family; parenting;
  2. Gained an understanding of the process of conducting a clinical interview with a child/adolescent/parents/family; and
  3. The ability to write clinical assessment reports.


Written assessment approx. 5,000 words consisting of two written assignments, each weighted at 50%(100%)