• Offered by
  • ANU College
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Academic career RSCH
  • Mode of delivery In Person

PhD Clinical Coursework III is comprised of two sub-courses covering a range of more advanced and specialised topics in clinical theory and practice.  The sub-courses that comprise this course are:

• Child and Family Assessment and Treatment

• Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology


Child and Family Assessment and Treatment (Convenor: Dr Bernd Heubeck)

Five full day workshops plus two days of school observational assessments.

This sub-course will focus on three issues: developmental disabilities, anxiety and conduct problems in childhood and adolescence. Skills will include communication with children (including children with developmental delay), assessment and treatment planning for anxiety and conduct problems, therapeutic skills required in the implementation of selected empirically-based treatment programs and outcome assessment.


Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology (Convenor: Dr Jim Huntley) 2 hrs/week

This sub-course will include an overview of functional neuroanatomy, the neuropsychology of various cerebral conditions (e.g. dementia, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis), forensic neuropsychology, psychiatric comorbidity, psychosocial and environmental influences on neuropsychological presentations, and neuropsychological assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course students will:

  • be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a child with a disability and understand what it is like to grow up with a disability from a client-centered perspective. Further, students will examine the research background on other selected syndromes of child psychopathology.
  • be able to use empirically based models to guide their assessment and treatment planning of child problems.
  • be able to assess the treatment outcome literature and develop their own empirically based treatments for child problems.
  • have an understanding of basic functional neuroanatomy; the neuropsychological sequelae of traumatic brain injury, CVA, and dementia processes; and psychosocial and family impact.
  • gain experience in conducting a neuropsychological screen through role play.
  • understand a selected clinical presentation of neuropsychological deficits through in-depth analysis and research of aetiology, meaning of assessment results, and consequent recommendations.

Other Information

Indicative Assessment

The assessment for each sub-course equals 1/2 of the overall assessment for this course:

Child and Family Assessment and Treatment:  Attendance and active participation in all workshops, attendance at special school placement (2 days), observation report based on school visits, in depth essay on a selected special topic in child psychopathology (2500 words).

Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology: Assessment report, case presentation to class, case research report.

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2 hrs/week plus five full day workshops and two days of school observational assessments.

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed at the beginning of the course. Texts will be selected in line with current research.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
10 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

10.00 0.20833
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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