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EDF6512 - Intervention across the lifespan and research implications

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Associate Professor N J King


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Developments in evidence-based interventions are presented particularly in relation to child behaviour problem, school-related problems, parent-adolescent conflict, problems of adulthood such as marital discord, depression and anxiety, and problems associated with aging (health problems, bereavement/grief). Emphasis on the scientist-professional model and conceptual framework/steps for individual casework. Ethical and legal issues. Case management issues (eg keeping records). In the research component, students revise and build on research writing and data analysis skills and present their own research work to date.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to design and evaluate intervention programs based on behavioural principles; show a knowledge of empirically supported behavioural interventions; show an understanding of legal/ethical issues associated with behavioural intervention; show a knowledge of local human service systems relevant to the needs of the professional psychologist; demonstrate knowledge of research methodology by developing a viable research proposal and/or carrying out and reporting the research project.


Research Proposal or Research Progress Report (with method of data analysis and draft literature review) (equiv. 3000 words): 34%
two assignments (equiv. 2500 words): 33% each

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Successful completion of an Australian Psychological Society (APS) accredited four year sequence in psychology