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.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY538. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Masters programs in Psychology.

Assumed Knowledge

Foundational knowledge in developmental 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; and
  • be able to critically evaluate research concerning the efficacy of psychological therapies with children and adolescents.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY538 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Clinical skill demonstration
Final exam
Residential school

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.5 day Compulsory 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 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.