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. The unit examines 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:

  • Demonstrate the ability 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

Engagement and Building Rapport

Week 9

Assessments and Interviews

Week 10 Formulation and Care Planning
Week 11 Collaboration and Partnership
Week 12

Working with Families

Week 13

Self-care and Burn-out

Week 14

Child Protection and Out of Home Care

Week 15 Legal and Ethical Considerations