• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Bruce Christensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
    Winter Session 2017
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Clinical Coursework III is comprised of two sub-courses covering 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

Enrolment in postgraduate clinical psychology units is usually restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) at the School of Psychology. This course may be available with the written permission of the Director of Clinical Training Program. Applicants must be eligible for registration as a psychologist in the ACT.

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

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Clinical Psychology (7601) or Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) (9061) and have successfully completed PSYC8102. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC9013 or PSYC9413.

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of clinical diagnosis, assessment and treatment comparable to undergraduate level abnormal psychology.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $7188
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $10260
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3191 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6446 01 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 21 Jul 2017 30 Sep 2017 In Person N/A

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