Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Psychological Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kate Taylor


The focus of this unit is on clinical intervention in the field of clinical child psychology. These interventions include infant-parent psychotherapy, play therapy, behaviour therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, supportive therapy, psychodynamic therapy, family therapy, group therapy, liaison and secondary consultation with kindergartens, schools and other agencies. In addition some specific topics such as: psychopharmacology, cross-cultural issues, childhood chronic illness, trauma and critical incidents are included in the seminar topics, and students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of these in their clinical case discussions and written assessment tasks.


At the end of the subject students would be expected to have:

  1. Increased their theoretical knowledge of a variety of therapeutic approaches for children, adolescents and families;
  2. Developed their skills in conducting therapy with children and adolescents, and
  3. Gained experience in the planning, running and evaluation of group therapy with children or adolescents.


Infant Observation Journal (80%)
Infant Observation (Hurdle)
Class Participation (20%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Three hour seminar and 2 hours of private study per week for 12 weeks plus 7.5 hours of observation/practical work per week for 23 weeks.


Completion of Years 1 and 2 of the DPsych (Clinical) and of DPSY7141


Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology