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PSYP8904 – Working with Special Populations

2021 – Session 2, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Julie Boulis
Joanne Earl
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MProfPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit, students will be introduced to a range of presentations that pose special challenges for professional psychologists in terms of assessment and clinical management, including: indigenous and CALD clients; clients with psychosis; clients with alcohol and/or substance abuse problems; clients experiencing one or more forms of trauma; clients experiencing grief and loss; and clients at risk of self-harm and/or suicidality. The focus is on the unique challenges posed by these different presentations and on the approaches to assessment, counselling and clinical management most likely to be effective for each. Where appropriate, the use of additional therapeutic modalities is presented.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and define evidence-based therapy for a range of child, adolescent, and adult psychological disorders, including cognitive and behavioural approaches to diagnosing, assessing, and treating traumatised clients across the lifespan.
  • ULO2: Analyse and integrate Emotional Focused Therapy theory and principles with procedural techniques used in Relationship counselling
  • ULO3: Apply communication skills effectively in writing and oral presentations with clients and other professionals
  • ULO4: Summarise and analyse pharmacotherapy, its mechanisms of action, and the effects of drugs to facilitate effective communication with other carers
  • ULO5: Evaluate the issues and obstacles for delivering effective cultural psychological interventions particularly, with Indigenous Australians, diverse and vulnerable populations

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Oral Presentation on special populations. 40% No 18/08/21
Online learning module on indigenous sensitivity 0% Yes 18/08/21
Special Populations - Trauma Intervention Case Report 60% No 11/08/21

Oral Presentation on special populations.

Assessment Type 1: Presentation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: 18/08/21
Weighting: 40%

 

Oral Presentation, thirty minutes in duration, detailing interventions and treatment within special populations.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and define evidence-based therapy for a range of child, adolescent, and adult psychological disorders, including cognitive and behavioural approaches to diagnosing, assessing, and treating traumatised clients across the lifespan.
  • Analyse and integrate Emotional Focused Therapy theory and principles with procedural techniques used in Relationship counselling
  • Apply communication skills effectively in writing and oral presentations with clients and other professionals
  • Summarise and analyse pharmacotherapy, its mechanisms of action, and the effects of drugs to facilitate effective communication with other carers

Online learning module on indigenous sensitivity

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 3 hours
Due: 18/08/21
Weighting: 0%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

 

Students are required to complete an online learning module on indigenous sensitivity and submit the quiz on completion of the module.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Evaluate the issues and obstacles for delivering effective cultural psychological interventions particularly, with Indigenous Australians, diverse and vulnerable populations

Special Populations - Trauma Intervention Case Report

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 60 hours
Due: 11/08/21
Weighting: 60%

 

This assessment is a case report (including references and appendices), prepared in the format of a Case Report (Intervention).

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and define evidence-based therapy for a range of child, adolescent, and adult psychological disorders, including cognitive and behavioural approaches to diagnosing, assessing, and treating traumatised clients across the lifespan.
  • Analyse and integrate Emotional Focused Therapy theory and principles with procedural techniques used in Relationship counselling
  • Apply communication skills effectively in writing and oral presentations with clients and other professionals
  • Summarise and analyse pharmacotherapy, its mechanisms of action, and the effects of drugs to facilitate effective communication with other carers

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit will be delivered entirely online as a result of COVID. 

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