Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 Psychological Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Ms Emma Toone


This unit aims to enable students to have a familiarity with and a knowledge of some of the theories on which the understanding of child development and the practice of child psychotherapy are based. It is designed to give students knowledge of human development from three theoretical perspectives and thereby enable them to have a theoretical basis for their practice of observation, assessment and case management. The theoretical perspectives to be studied in this unit will be those of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and John Bowlby.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. display an understanding and knowledge of the theories of Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud and John Bowlby relevant to child development,
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the specific similarities and differences between the three theorists and their theories,
  3. understand the different phases of child development,
  4. demonstrate an ability to integrate the theories and apply them to clinical material,
  5. display an ability to compare and contrast the theories.


Written assignment (900 words) (15%)
Written assignment (1,800 words) (30%)
Essay (2,100 words) (35%)
Attendance at 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