Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will be provided with the opportunity to develop introductory skills in the assessment and therapeutic responses to children, adolescents and families, in an age and stage sensitive way, from both an individual and systemic perspective. The program will assist in developing an understanding of the more common presentations encountered in child and family settings. The impact of marital and family issues upon children and adolescents will be covered. This subject will provide students with an understanding of lifespan development and how disruptions to the normal sequence of development impact on individuals. A specific focus on the development of self will further elucidate how developmental disruptions affect conceptions of self, and how such disruptions may suggest particular therapeutic interventions.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be enrolled in HMCP Master of Counselling Psychology.


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition)PrescribedAmerican Psychiatric Association (2013)WASHINGTON DC: AMERICAN PSYCHIATRIC ASSOCIATION
ReadingsInternational Classification of Diseases (10th Revision)PrescribedWorld Health Organisation (2011)WHO ONLINE
ReadingsChild and Adolescent Mental HealthRecommendedNayar, U.S. (2012)NEW DELHI: SAGE (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsChild and Adolescent Psychopathology (2nd edn)RecommendedBeauchaire, T.P. (2013)NEW YORK: WILEY (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsDevelopmental Psychopathology; Volume 1: Theory & Method; Volume 3: Risk, Disorder AdaptationRecommendedCicchetti, D. & Cohen, D. (2006)HOBOKEN, N.J: JOHN WILEY & SONS (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsThe adolescent psychotherapy treatment planner (4th Edn)RecommendedJongsma, A., Peterson, L.M. & McInnis, W.P. (2006)NEW JERSEY: JOHN WILEY & SONS INC (E-RESOURCE)
ReadingsThe child psychotherapy treatment planner (4th Edn)RecommendedJongsma, A., Peterson, L.M. & McInnis, W.P. (2006)NEW JERSEY: JOHN WILEY & SONS INC (E-RESOURCE)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMelissa Monfries

Class requirements

One 1.0 hours lecture per week and delivered via face-to-face.

One 2.0 hours tutorial per week and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
1,500-word case study #130
1,500-word case study #230
15 to 20-min group seminar presentation on allocated topic40