|TITLE||Child and Adolescent Psychopathology|
|LEVEL||03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course|
|DESCRIPTION||Students will be presented with the major categories of disorders and disabilities from a social model,holistic and transdisciplinary approach. Students will also be introduced to relevant therapeutic interventions (psycho-educational and pharmacological) as well as exposed to a critical analysis of services presently being offered in Malta.
Topics covered will include:
- the theoretical and philosophical Framework and developing a conceptual framework for working with children and children and adolescents – an inclusive Community based support; Child and Adolescent Classifications of mental health; Working with families, schools and agencies; Depression in Children; Conduct Disorders; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders; Language Disorders; Sphincter Control; Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Down syndrome and cognitive impairment;
- Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida;Traumatic Brian Injury; Various Syndromes; Drug and Alcohol use and Abuse;Anxiety Disorders ; Child Abuse;
- Schizophrenia & Organic Psychotic States; Neurotic, Somatoform and Stress related Disorders; Eating Control Disorders; Sensory Disabilities: Most common medication given to children with developmental disabilities and their side effects;
- Seminars: Psychological Services for Children and Adolescents in Malta and various syndromes.
The aims of this study-unit is to present students with the major categories of child and adolescent disorders and disabilities from a social model,holistic and transdisciplinary approach. Students will also be introduced to relevant therapeutic interventions (psycho-educational and pharmacological) as well as exposed to a critical analysis of services presently being offered in Malta.
1. Knowledge & Understanding: By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
Understand the different symptoms associated with different child and adolescent psychopathological conditions, different assessment tools used for the diagnosis of these conditions and psycho-educational and pharmacological interventions.
2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills): By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify the differences between different child and adolescent conditions,
- Identify which psycho-educational and pharmacological interventions are more appropriate for different conditions,
- Offer a critical analysis of the services offered locally,
- Understand parents' perspectives,
- Observe and monitor a child taking specific medication.
Main Text/s and any supplementary readings
- Turnbull R., Turnbull A., et al. (2009). Exceptional lives. special education in today’s schools. (6th Ed.) Merrill Prentice Hall.
- Wernar, C. (2002). Developmental psychopathology. USA: McGraw Hill.
- American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR Fourth Edition (Text Revision).
- Dowling, E. & Osburne E. (1994). The family and the school: A joint systems approach to problems with children. UK: Routledge.
- Kaplan, P.S. (1996). Pathways for exceptional children. West Publishing Company.
|RULES/CONDITIONS||Before TAKING THIS UNIT YOU ARE ADVISED TO TAKE PSY1622 AND TAKE PSY1623|
|ADDITIONAL NOTES||This study-unit is only offered to Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) students.|
|METHOD OF ASSESSMENT||
Elena Tanti Burlo'
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