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PSYC71-608: Psychopathology and Therapy: Families, Children and Adolescents September 2021 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides 48 hours of advanced training in the assessment, diagnosis, classification and treatment of common and severe mental disorders and psychopathology in children and adolescents. The disorders covered include anxiety and depressive disorders, externalising problems, adjustment disorders, developmental disorders (including autism spectrum disorders), and suicide and self-harm. In this subject, students receive 10 hours of formal academic training in the mechanisms and aetiology of these disorders, including a critical examination of significant diagnostic systems and diagnostic criteria, 10 hours of formal academic training in the clinical, behavioural, and psychometric assessment of these problems, 24 hours of formal academic training in empirically validated psychological interventions, and 4 hours formal academic training in psychopharmacology as it applies to these disorders. Students will learn to reliably diagnose the disorders covered, and to plan and evaluate appropriate treatments.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:PSYC71-608
Subject title:Psychopathology and Therapy: Families, Children and Adolescents
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:September 2021
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 48) - Weekly lecture
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 72) - Recommended Study Hours


Prescribed resources:
  • APA (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders.. 5th, Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press
  • Creed, T., Reisweber , J., & Beck, A.T. (2011). Cognitive Therapy for adolescents in school settings. New York: Guildford Press
  • Thomas W. Phelan Parenting Toddlers to Teens Complete Book & DVD Library.
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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  • Study Abroad Students

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is an accredited 5th and 6th Year pathway towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into this program is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

Assurance of Learning means that universities take responsibility for creating, monitoring and updating curriculum, teaching and assessment so that students graduate with the knowledge, skills and attributes they need for employability and/or further study.

At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways.
  2. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner.
  3. Perform appropriate standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning.
  4. Identify psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
  5. Utilise assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment and management of risk.
  6. Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language.
  7. Knowledge of supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
  8. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  9. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation, diagnosis, and psychopharmacology.
  10. Apply advanced psychological knowledge in formulation, and culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.
  11. Apply advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.
  12. Implement appropriate, empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
  13. Conduct professional interviews and assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Case Study Case report including process to gaining informed consent, assessment and conceptualisation, Diagnosis DSM-5, goals for therapy, recommended treatment plan and empirical evidence to support treatment approach. 50% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
*Competency Test Students are required to complete a competencies role play 50% Week 9 1, 2, 7, 9, 12, 13.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with children and adolescents, focusing on knowledge and skill competencies in empirical evidence, assessment, formulation. Readings - Chapters 1-4 Creed, Reisweber, & Beck

4, 5, 7.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with children and adolescents focusing on knowledge and skill competencies in assessment, formulation & treatment. Readings Chapters 1-4 Creed, Reisweber, & Beck

1, 3, 4, 5, 7.

CBT for Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Assessment, diagnosis and treatment DSM-5 – Section II pgs 123-188

1, 3, 4, 5, 7.

CBT for Anxiety Disorders: Assessment, diagnosis and treatment DSM-5 – Section II pgs 189-290

1, 3, 4, 5, 7.

Principles and Practices of Therapy working with children and adolescents - Reading DSM-5 – Section 1

1, 3, 4, 5, 7.

Assessment, diagnosis and treatment of Disorders of Early Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder DSM-5 – Section II pgs 50-59; 265-268; Section III pgs 801-806

1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.

Overview of Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders and ADHD: Assessment, diagnosis and treatment DSM-5 – Section II pgs 59-66 & 461-481

1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8.

Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatment of Disruptive Behaviour Disorders – Practice Elements

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Role Play Assessment

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13.

Evidence-Based Psychosocial Treatment of Disruptive Behaviour Disorders – Practice Elements

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Suicidal ideation and trauma-informed practice for child/adolescent. DSM-5 – Section II 329-338 Section III pgs 801-806

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.

Mindfulness Based Therapies with Children and Adolescents - Reading TBA

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12.
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