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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Emphasises the life stage and bio-psycho-social contexts specifically related to providing effective engagement and interventions with, children, adolescents and older persons. Learners will critically apply those contexts to all aspects of comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and intervention across the lifespan.

Unit content

  • Developmental psychology and sociology
  • Common mental health conditions for childhood and adolescence (including sexual identity)
  • Compassionate intervention
  • Family therapy and genograms
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse population models of mental health and wellbeing
  • Effective interventions for older people

Learning outcomes

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, 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 connect developmental theories to mental health and ill health, social roles, and personal narratives of a meaningful life Lifelong learning
2 visualise the young person within family constellations, emerging identities and physiological changes Cultural competence
3 design, in partnership with consumers, helpful interventions to common mental health conditions for young people, children and adolescents Creativity
4 critique the influences and impacts of transgenerational trauma with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations Cultural competence
5 construct helpful interventions, in partnership with consumers, to common mental health conditions within the context of older persons mental health. Creativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. connect developmental theories to mental health and ill health, social roles, and personal narratives of a meaningful life
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. visualise the young person within family constellations, emerging identities and physiological changes
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. design, in partnership with consumers, helpful interventions to common mental health conditions for young people, children and adolescents
    • GA2: Creativity
  4. critique the influences and impacts of transgenerational trauma with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. construct helpful interventions, in partnership with consumers, to common mental health conditions within the context of older persons mental health.
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Hoffnung, M, Hoffnung, RJ, Seifert, KL, Hine, A, Pausé, C, Ward, L, Signal, T, Swabey, K, Yates, K & Burton Smith, R, 2019, Lifespan Development, 4th edn, John Wiley & Sons, Milton, QLD. ISBN: 9780730355069.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.