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PSY5060 Child and Adolescent Psychology

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Child & Adolescent Psychology
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
Version produced : 14 April 2021


Examiner: Crystal McMullen


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development


Psychologists are required to possess the knowledge and skills needed to work with clients of all ages, including children and adolescents. This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the different developmental issues, psychological concerns, and methods that apply in treatment and assessment, in order to be able to work successfully with children, adolescents and their carers/parents.


The course will provide students with the knowledge of how to apply key theories of child and adolescent development into clinical practice. In addition, the course covers common psychological presentations in childhood and adolescence, diagnostic considerations in these age groups, therapeutic relationship skills, and the evidence-based assessment and treatment methods recommended for infants, preschool-age children, primary-school age children and adolescents. Finally, the course will cover important knowledge and skills regarding the impact of child/adolescent psychopathology on parents, teachers and carers, and how to work successfully with these groups.

Attendance at the five on-campus workshops is mandatory. Dates of the five workshops will be according to the 'Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with infancy, childhood and adolescence
  2. Apply a working knowledge of the common psychopathology and DSM-V disorders that occur during infancy, childhood and adolescence
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in selection and use of appropriate assessment methods in childhood and adolescence
  4. Integrate knowledge and skills in formulation and treatment of children and adolescents
  5. Employ advanced knowledge and skills in rapport-building methods with children, adolescents, and their carers/parents


Description Weighting(%)
1. Child and Adolescent Development – Typical and Atypical 20.00
2. Assessment Methodology with Children and Adolescents 20.00
3. Evidence-based Formulation and Treatment Planning for Child and Adolescent Presentations 20.00
4. Therapeutic Relationship Skills with Children, Adolescents and their carers/parents 20.00
5. Common Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

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.
Carr, A 2016, The handbook of child and adolescent clinical psychology, 3rd edn, Routledge, 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, Guildford Press, New Yok, London.
Schroeder, CS & Gordon, BN 2017, Assessment of treatment of childhood problems: a clinician's guide, 3rd edn, The Guildford 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
Private Study 125.00
Workshops 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
CASE REPORT 100 50 12 Aug 2021 1,2,3,4,5
KNOWLEDGE TASK 100 50 26 Aug 2021 1,2,3,4,5

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in the compulsory workshops held on-campus, where the skills components of this course will be taught. During these workshops, students will engage in the development and practice of skills. Further, it is the students' responsibility to study all assigned material. If circumstances prevent a student from attending any portion of a workshop, the student MUST contact the examiner IN ADVANCE, if at all possible. The student must also contact the examiner in order to arrange an alternative activity, although it is important to note that it will be at the examiner’s discretion as to whether an alternative activity will be made available. Attendance at, and participation in, the five workshops and/or completion of one or more alternative activities at a standard judged to be appropriate by the examiner is to pass this course. Attendance at the five on-campus workshops is mandatory. Dates of the five workshops will be according to the 'Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks available for each assessment item. See also point 4 below

  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 a student must submit each assessment item, and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each assessment item, in addition to attending all workshops. All courses in the MPPS are approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which requires that students pass all assessment items in all courses. Where a student fails any assignment, the student will be allowed one opportunity to re-submit their work following feedback from the course examiner. If a student fails any assignment a second time, he or she will be deemed to have failed the course and will be required to undertake the course again at its next offering. This rule applies regardless of whether or not the aggregated marks for remaining assessment in a course are higher than 50% overall. Where illness, bereavement, or circumstances of similar gravity affect a student’s ability to meet the high standards expected in the course, the student should meet with the course examiner and Director of Postgraduate Psychology to negotiate suitable management of the person’s individual needs in accordance to University policies and procedures.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course, with a passing grade only awarded where all workshops were attended and all assessment items were passed.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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

Other requirements

  1. Students will require regular access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains elements that are managed electronically via USQ StudyDesk. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should access the student computer laboratories to complete assignment work. External students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission and electronic assessment attempts. External students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.

Date printed 14 April 2021