PSY538 Child Interventions 1 (8)


This subject introduces the nature, assessment and treatment of psychological disorders in children and adolescents. Students will examine the diagnostic classification, epidemiology and aetiology of common psychological problems, including anxiety disorders, depression, behaviour disorders, and attention-deficit disorder. The theoretical and empirical foundations of a range of cognitive and behavioural techniques will be discussed, along with a number of major conceptual and practical issues in the treatment of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Online*Bathurst Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge in developmental psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in the Master of Clinical Psychology or with the approval of the School of Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the characteristics of the common emotional and behavioural disorders in childhood and adolescence
  • be able to employ reliable and valid methods of assessing children and adolescents with psychological disorders
  • be able to develop and implement cognitive-behavioural interventions for a range of emotional and behavioural disorders
  • be able to critically evaluate research concerning the efficacy of psychological therapies with children and adolescents


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • theoretical and empirical foundations of child psychopathology
  • assessment of psychopathology in childhood
  • nature and epidemiology of common childhood disorders
  • the development and implementation of psychological interventions
  • issues in psychological therapy with children and families
  • the implementation of cognitive and behavioural interventions for specific disorders
  • the evaluation of efficacy of interventions

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2.5 day residential school. The purpose of the residential school is to provide training in specific skills required for the assessment and treatment of psychological problems in children and adolescents. Activities include demonstration, modelling, direct instruction, role play, and feedback.


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.