Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychology and Psychiatry
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Mairead Dolan


This unit has been designed to create a developmental context for understanding a range of issues which characterise at risk behaviour in youth. Students will gain a broader understanding of these behaviours, as seen from a range of perspectives: legal, epidemiological, psychological, sociological and psychiatric. The unit will be of interest to those currently working with at risk youth as well as providing insights into the aetiology of a range of maladaptive behaviours in adult life.


Upon completion of this unit the student will:

  1. Discuss the interface between children and the legal system;
  2. Outline the basic principles of assessment and management of risk in childhood and adolescence;
  3. Describe critically the evidence relating to long term consequence of adverse experiences in childhood and adolescence;
  4. Outline a developmentally appropriate decision making process.


Workshop presentation/Alternative Assessment - 10%
Structured Learning Task - 30%
Essay - 60%
All assessments must be passed to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Two day on-campus workshop.