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PSY8071 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Semester 2, 2019 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Child & Adolescent Psychopath
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Crystal McMullen


Pre-requisite: PSY8045 and PSY8010


Children and adolescents represent a special population with regards to psychopathology and clinical intervention. This course aims to integrate theories of child and adolescent development with current approaches to the assessment and diagnosis of, and intervention for, the major disorders of childhood and adolescence.


This course will expand upon basic knowledge and theories of child development to explore the characteristics, epidemiology, causes, and treatment of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Students will engage with the course material via personal reading and critical reflection, discussion and debate in class and on-line, and through experiential skill development in three two-day mandatory workshops. Knowledge and skills will be assessed via a case-study based in-class test, and an essay and workshop presentation covering an evidence-based therapy for a particular presenting concern/group.


On successful completion of this course students will have:

  1. demonstrated understanding of the core features, diagnosis and assessment of the major disorders of childhood and adolescence
  2. demonstrated understanding of the epidemiology and aetiological models involved in childhood psychopathology
  3. demonstrated knowledge and skill in the provision of therapeutic interventions for disorders of childhood and adolescence
  4. ability to independently search and critically analyse interventions for disorders of childhood and adolescence
  5. ability to present a professional development workshop on an aspect of child psychopathology or psychotherapy to interprofessional team of CYMHS clinicians.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Overview of childhood and adolescent psychopathology, assessment, case management and therapeutic practice 10.00
2. Neurodevelopmental disorders: ADHD, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder 20.00
3. Conduct and oppositional defiant disorder 20.00
4. Mood and anxiety disorders 20.00
5. Eating and feeding disorders; schizophrenia spectrum disorders 10.00
6. Interventions for disorders of childhood and adolescence, psychopharmacology 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Carr, A 2016, The handbook of child and adolescent clinical psychology, 3rd edn, Routledge, New York.
Friedberg, RD & McClure, JM 2015, Clinical practice of cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: The nuts and bolts, 2nd edn, Guilford, NY.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Gauvain, M & Cole, M (eds) 2005, Readings on the development of children, 4th edn, Worth Publishers, New York.
Hersen, M. & Thomas, J.C 2007, Handbook of clinical interviewing with children, Sage, London.
Mash, EJ & Barkley, RA (eds) 2013, Child psychopathology, 3rd edn, Guilford Press, New York; London.
Oppenheim, D. & Goldsmith, D.F. (eds) 2007, Attachment theory in clinical work with children, Guilford, New York.
Schroeder, CS & Gordon, BN 2017, Assessment and treatment of childhood problems: a clinician's guide, 3rd edn, The Guilford Press, New York.
Southam-Gerow, M.A 2013, Emotion regulation in children and adolescents, Guilford Press, New York.
Wicks-Nelson, R & Israel, AC 2013, Abnormal Child and Adolescent Psychology, 8th edn, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 57.00
Directed Study 30.00
Private Study 30.00
Workshops 48.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
SKILLS EXCERCISE 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 1)
WORKSHOP PRESENTATION 20 20 16 Jul 2019 (see note 2)
ESSAY 60 60 12 Sep 2019

  1. Students will participate in skill exercises in final class; date to be advised at first workshop.
  2. Students will present a professional development workshop to the CYMHS staff at the hospital on child psychotherapy interventions; date to be advised at workshop.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Attendance at all workshops for this course is compulsory. It is the student's responsibility to participate actively in all workshops and Web-based activities and to study all course materials, so as to be informed of all course academic and administrative activities and policies, and to maximise his/her chance of meeting the objectives of the course.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete an assessment item satisfactorily, students must achieve at least 50% of the marks available each for the essay and workshop presentation, and 70% of the marks available for the skill exercises.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade students must achieve at least 50% of the weighted marks each for the essay and workshop presentation and at least 70% of the total weighted marks for the skills exercises, and must attend all workshops.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade will be determined on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks (or grades) obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    Not applicable.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. This course uses electronic submission for the essay. The due date for an electronically submitted assessment is the date by which a student must electronically submit the assignment irrespective of holidays. The assignment files must be submitted by 11.55pm on the due date using USQ time (as displayed on the clock on the course home page; that is, Australian Eastern Standard Time).

  3. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use 6th edition APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

  4. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains electronic submission elements.