Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Ros Webb


This unit will present a psychodynamic framework for adolescent developmental tasks, as well as associated problems and disturbances. It will also look at both general and phase specific principles and issues in psychotherapy with adolescents for the professionals as well as for the adolescents themselves.


At the completion of this unit students will be expected to:

  1. Have a knowledge of a psychodynamic theoretical understanding of adolescent development, tasks and issues;
  2. Have some understanding of how various levels of problems and disturbances can arise during adolescence;
  3. understand basic principles in assessment for therapy with adolescents;
  4. examine how adolescents may present in therapy;
  5. understand basic issues which arise in working with adolescents;
  6. explore the impact of working with adolescents on professionals and the importance of the process between professional and adolescent;
  7. explore termination issues in working with adolescents; and
  8. explore specific issues and principles to consider for inpatient work with adolescents.


Written assignment 1 (20%)
Written assignment 2 (20%)
Essay (40%)
On-Campus Workshop/Alternative Assessment (20%)
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop