This unit introduces current perspectives and on the conceptualisation and treatment of child and adult psychopathology. Core theories and models are presented within a developmental-ecological framework, and examined in relation to the aetiology, course, and maintenance of common psychological problems. Theoretical and practical skills-based training addresses core consultation processes (e.g., relational skills, engaging families) as well as key formats for intervention (e.g., individual, group, parent/family, school-based). Emphasis is placed on the learning of strong practical skills that can be applied to treatment targets in the context of evidence-based, formulation-driven practice. Attention is given to the clinical issues of unique importance to intervention in distinct periods across the lifespan, with respect to case formulation, treatment planning, therapeutic process, and evaluation of outcomes.
3-hour weekly lectures
Clinical role play (Video); Clinical role play (Written self-critique); Open book exam (two-hour) (100%). Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance on all assessments to satisfy requirements for this unit of study.
Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.