Unites several related issues concerning the practice of psychology in clinical, health, organisational and educational settings. The unifying theme is the importance of psychological theory and the empirical literature to the analysis, assessment and modification of individual and groups, based on the scientist-practitioner approach.
1. The scientist-practitioner approach: features and relevance.
2. Assessment issues, using the DSM-IV.
3. Common psychological disorders across the lifespan.
4. Psychological treatments.
5. The effects of punishment and racism upon behaviour.
6. Special target groups for interventions (Indigenous Australians, children, adolescents, adults and families).
7. Psychotropic medications
8. Positive psychology
9. Group dynamics
11. Recovery of function
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
GA3: Ethical practice,
GA4: Knowledge of a discipline,
GA5: Lifelong learning,
GA6: Communication and social skills,
GA7: Cultural competence
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the scientist-practitioner approach: features and relevance||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||describe assessment skills, using the DSM-IV||Ethical practice|
|3||define some of the common psychological disorders||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||critically evaluate common treatments for psychological conditions||Ethical practice|
|5||describe the effects of punishment and racism upon behaviour||Cultural competence|
|6||comment on issues related to the application of interventions for special target groups (Indigenous Australians, children, adolescents, adults and families)||Knowledge of a discipline|
|7||identify and summarise common psychotropic medications.||Knowledge of a discipline|
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