EDF5721 - Clinical interventions in educational and developmental psychology - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Gerald Wurf


Gerald Wurf

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


EDF5720 and successful completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology




This unit is concerned with developing a sound evidence-based understanding of, and the skills required for working with, individuals and therapeutic groups across the lifespan on the identification, intervention and treatment of psychological problems and psychopathology incorporating an educational and developmental perspective. Ethical, legal issues and case management issues, e.g. keeping records, are considered. The unit develops participants' understanding and skills in clinical interventions in relation to a broad range of child, adolescent and adult problems and psychopathology.


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

  1. show development of their personal clinical skills and self-reflective capacities to an advanced level
  2. identify and develop evidence-based intervention and treatment programs for psychological problems and psychopathology across the lifespan, including reactive and behavioural difficulties, adjustment and relational difficulties, depression and anxiety, difficulties associated with various developmental stages including old age
  3. implement a range of evidence-based approaches with a particular emphasis on cognitive and behavioural principles
  4. show appropriate understanding of research methodologies for evaluating evidence-based practice
  5. have an understanding of associated legal/ethical issues
  6. demonstrate a knowledge of local human service systems relevant to the needs of the professional psychologist.


Online quizzes (2500 words equivalent, 30%)

Psychology interview and self-reflection (2800 words equivalent, 35%)

Clinical skills demonstration and reflection (2800 words equivalent, 35%)

Students must achieve a pass in each of the assessment tasks in order to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 3 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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