Credit points: 10

Subject outline

This unit introduces students to the concepts of 'evidence-based practice' with particular reference to uses and limitations of published Clinical Practice Guidelines. Lectures cover current evidence-based treatment of several major disorders in detail. Specific psychological models and treatments are emphasised, with medical and social interventions addressed more briefly. The disorders/clinical problems addressed include the following: mood disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, trauma and abuse.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SDPCP


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate an understanding of the notion of a taxonomy of mental disorders, with particular reference to the rationale, structure, content and limitations of the DSM system

Lecture presentations and reading.

02. Develop and apply a practical understanding of the symptoms and psychopathology of commonly presenting psychiatric disorders, including the technical language used to describe these

Lecture presentations and associated reading; Observation of interviews

03. Gain insight into, and empathy for, the personal experience of those who are affected by psychological problems

Presentations by and interviews with consumers about the subjective experience and life impact of living with major mental health disorders

04. Develop skill in conducting and appraising semi-structured diagnostic interviews that routinely consider differential diagnoses, age specific features, and common comorbidities (e.g., alcohol, drug, and personality).

Observation of interviews; role play based workshop

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJohn Farhall

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 hour exam100 01, 02, 03, 04