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EDU3335 Managing Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Young People in the Helping Professions

Semester 3, 2022 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 18 May 2022


Enrolment is not permitted in EDU3335 if EDU5335 has been previously completed.


Professionals working with children and adolescents consistently rate the management of children's social and behavioural problems as one of their major concerns. It is therefore essential that professionals are able to deploy the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively deal with these problems in a way that promotes positive wellbeing and development for all children. The overall aim of this course is to introduce professionals working with children to information concerning the following: emotional and behavioral problems of children and adolescents; the nature of the causes of these problems; various approaches to assisting young people to overcome these problems.

This course outlines the kinds of emotional and behavioural difficulties helping professionals can expect to encounter in their fields of practice and elaborates on a range of strategies, both preventive and remedial, for responding in a positive and effective manner. The intent of the course is to assist professionals to develop a sound understanding of the nature of emotional and behavioural problems of children and young people, and to develop an awareness of appropriate ways of dealing with the difficulties. This course will provide a foundational understanding of these issues facing young people, critique of the intervention and prevention approaches employed in their field and provide opportunities for student to apply their understanding of these emotional and behavioral difficulties to their professional context. . The course is delivered in an online environment, utilising online discussions and virtual classrooms (such as zoom) and also offers practical application opportunities, whereby students explore various ways of dealing with these issues, with the emphasis on applications within the human services context.

Course learning outcomes

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

  1. Outline and define the major social and adjustment problems experienced in childhood and adolescence. (Quizzes, Assignment)
  2. analyse and evaluate social/adjustment problems from key perspectives - medical, psychological, sociological, ecological and educational (Assignment)
  3. relate knowledge about the development of children and adolescents to the social and adjustment problems which many children and youth experience (Quizzes, Assignment)
  4. outline the major behaviour problems presented by children and adolescents across the human services contexts and identify a range of appropriate interventions for them (Assignment)
  5. assess, critically evaluate and effectively communicate learning information about emotional and behavioural problems of young people (Assignment).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Definition, prevalence and history of social and behavioural problems in children 5.00
2. Classification and assessment of social and behavioural problems 10.00
3. Major explanations/causes of social and behavioural problems in children 10.00
4. Types of disordered behaviour 35.00
5. Approaches to the prevention and remediation of social and behaviour problems in children and adolescents. 40.00
Date printed 18 May 2022