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Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan (PSYC90010)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90010
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focuses on the interplay between developmental factors and psychological functioning across the lifespan. Key developmental tasks and transitions at each developmental stage, spanning from the perinatal period through to the end-of-life period, will be reviewed. Students will practice applying this knowledge to clinical case formulation. Approaches to engagement, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention at each developmental stage will be reviewed, and ways in which interventions need to be tailored in light of maturational and contextual variables will be discussed. Topics covered will include mental health in the perinatal period; attachment its implications for later psychological functioning; social, emotional and behavioural problems of early and middle childhood; engaging adolescents; developmental tasks and transitions in early adulthood, mid-life and old age; and psychological intervention in the context of dementia.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Describe the major developmental tasks of each stage across the lifespan.

 

Skills

On completion of this subject students should:

  • Demonstrate enhanced skills in engagement, assessment, diagnosis, and intervention at each developmental stage;
  • Understand ways in which interventions need to be tailored in light of maturational and contextual variables.

 

Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding about bidirectional relationships between these developmental tasks and psychological difficulties that commonly present at each developmental stage;
  • Develop clinical case formulations for clients that take into account developmental and associated contextual/systemic factors;
  • Develop intervention plans that are tailored to the developmental stage of the client.

Generic skills

  1. Advanced information interpretations skills
  2. Advanced analytic, integration and problem solving skills

Last updated: 3 April 2019