PSY542 Child Interventions 2 (8)


This subject extends students’ knowledge of complex internalising and externalising disorders in children and adolescents. Students will examine the diagnostic classification, epidemiology and aetiology of a range of complex conditions, including traumatic stress disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, tic disorders, sleep disorders, autistic spectrum disorder, and child abuse and neglect. The assessment, diagnosis and formulation of complex disorders will be discussed, and advanced techniques for treating these conditions will be demonstrated and evaluated.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
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

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 a range of complex emotional and behavioural disorders in childhood and adolescence
  • be able to incorporate information from multiple assessment methods into detailed case formulations
  • be able to develop and implement cognitive-behavioural interventions for complex emotional and behavioural disorders
  • be able to critically evaluate research concerning the efficacy of psychological therapies for these problems.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • traumatic stress disorders in childhood
  • obsessive-compulsive disorders and related conditions
  • sleep disorders
  • autistic spectrum disorder
  • child abuse and neglect
  • advanced interventions with children and families

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 more complex psychological problems in children and adolescents, including OCD, tic disorders, adolescent depression, and forensic applications. 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.