Psychosocial Practice in Child and Youth Mental Health

Psychosocial Practice in Child and Youth Mental Health

Graduate Certificate
Semester 2 - Child & Youth unit

This unit incorporates recovery principles and emphasises the importance of taking a developmentally appropriate approach to biopsychosocial assessment, formulation and intervention in child and youth mental health. Students examine normal development and the effects trauma and adversity can have on the mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. Students will be provided with opportunities to reflect on clinical practice, develop care planning skills, examine relevant social and cultural factors and build their capacity to work collaboratively with children, young people, and families in partnership with other health providers and agencies including education and child protection.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Consider developmental context and apply a biopsychosocial framework to the assessment of children, young people and families who present with mental health concerns.
  • Articulate an individualised, person-centred case formulation that considers the impact of culture and includes identification of strengths.
  • Engage in reflective practice and demonstrate self-awareness and transparent communication through collaborative work practices.

Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Attachment Theory
Week 2 Difficulties with Attachment
Week 3 Infant Development (birth-2 years)
Week 4 Child Development (3-11 years)
Week 5 Adolescent Development (12-17 years)
Week 6 Young Adulthood (18-24 years)
Week 7 Friendships, Bullying and Sexual Identity
Week 8 Working with Families
Week 9 Self-care and Burn-out
Week 10 Engagement and Building Rapport
Week 11 Assessments and Interviews
Week 12 Formulation and Care Planning
Week 13 Child Protection and Out of Home Care
Week 14 Collaboration and Partnership
Week 15 Legal and Ethical Considerations