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.


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

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY542. 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 Master of Professional Professional Psychology and 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; and
  • be able to critically evaluate research concerning the efficacy of psychological therapies for these problems.


This 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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY542 in Session 2 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 %
Final exam - take home
Residential school

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.