DPSY7141 - Advanced clinical psychology: Child, adolescent and family - 2018

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Peter Norton


Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology


The content of seminars will cover the practice of psychological therapies with a sound evidence base. Learning will consolidate existing knowledge of psychopathology and focus on extending this knowledge within a tailored therapeutic approach for children, young people, and their families. Cases will be discussed using conceptualization methods that are problem focused (i.e., presenting symptoms and precipitating/perpetuating/ predisposing/ protective factors), those that span multiple diagnostic categories, and those that theoretical concepts from treatment models with empirical support (e.g., relationship history, attachment style, core beliefs, schema, rules/ assumptions, and values). An emphasis on self-reflection and self-practice will be included throughout.


At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Create a comprehensive case formulation for a young person drawing together developmental history, and construct an appropriate treatment plan;
  2. Construct, deliver, and contribute to case presentations, including case conceptualizations and treatment planning;
  3. Prepare and conduct role-plays utilizing relevant Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with mock clients and appraise their performance;
  4. Plan and critically evaluate the existing literature for the implementation of a group therapy program for a relevant child or adolescent clinical presentation;
  5. Contribute to constructive case consultation.


Group Proposal (80%)

Class Participation (20%)

Infant Observation (Hurdle)

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