PSYC07015 2016 Child and Adolescent Mental Health

General Details

Full Title
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Transcript Title
Child and Adolescent Ment Hea
100 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Rosaleen Rushe
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_SoCaSOCI_G07 201600 Bachelor of Arts in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

This course introduces students to mental health difficulties associated with children and adolescents.  It explores factors that contribute to these difficulties (Genetic, developmental, family, social, educational, personality, environmental, etc).  Assessment, classification, and treatment are critically examined.

The module is assessed by a 40% presentation (done either individually or in groups at the student's discretion) and an end of semester examination worth 60%

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and, Teamworking

Domain 3: Safety & Quality

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe a range of models that help in the understanding of childhood mental health difficulties (Domain 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10).


Discuss the various factors that contribute to the development of childhood mental health difficulties (Domain 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10).


Critically discuss classification, treatment/interventions and trajectory of childhood mental health difficulties (Domain 2.1, 2.9, 2.17, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10).


Demonstrate a thorough understanding of childhood mental issues in the context of normal or expected development through class discussion and examination (Domain 2.17, 3.1, 3.6, 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10)


To critically examine the services available for the treatment of childhood mental health difficulties, access to these services, treatments/interventions available and efficacy of same (Domain 1.5, 3.1,3.3, 3.6, 5.1)

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Each student will receive three hours of contact per week.  This will be composed of one hour lecture and two-hour tutorial/workshop

During tutorials, students will have an opportunity to debate concepts and to contribute to a discussion from their own reading.  Reading will be assigned and will also be encouraged.

In the second half of the semester, the students will engage in peer learning when they participate in each other's presentation through question and answer sessions.

The students will also be required to study for an end of semester examination

Module Assessment Strategies

The students will give a presentation (either individually or in a group of their own choice).  The presentation is worth 40% and they will also do a written end of semester examination worth 60%

This module’s assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Examination worth 60%.  (Domain 5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10)

Presentation of 40% (Domain 1.5, 2.1, 2.9, 2.17, 3.1, 3.3, 3.6,5.1, 5.4, 5.7, 5.10)

Repeat Assessments

Repeat presentation if required last week of the semester.

Repeat examination if required at the second sitting.

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Models of childhood disorders (biological, behavioural, cognitive, systems theory, diathesis-stress model)

Predisposing, precipitating, modulating and maintaining variables that influence the development of mental health difficulties. (family history, bullying, abuse, trauma, personality)

Symptoms of childhood disorders, assessment techniques and treatment/interventions available

Preventative strategies (school, family, social, etc)

Services available - private, public, voluntary, peer, etc

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 continuous Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % Week 8 5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom lecture 1 Weekly 1.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom tutorial 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2015 Principles of Cyberbullying Research Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 Depression in Children and Adolescents Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 Affect Regulation and the Origin of the Self Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 Child and Adolescent psychopathology Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 Practical Research with Children Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males Routledge

Recommended Reading
2016 Family Influences on Childhood Behaviour and Development Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology Routledge

Recommended Reading
2015 Addictions Routledge

Recommended Reading
2009 Understanding the Effects of Child Sexual Abuse Routledge

Recommended Reading
2010 Assessment of Childhood Disorders Guilford

Recommended Reading
2009 Handbook of Infant Mental Health Guilford

Recommended Reading
2011 Body Image Guilford

Recommended Reading
2012 College Drinking and Drug Use Guilford

Recommended Reading
2011 Child Anxiety Disorders Loutledge

Recommended Reading
2011 Treating Depressed and Suicidal Adolescence Guilford

Module Resources

URL Resources

College databases in particular "Web of Science" and "Science Direct"

Journals such as: Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Behaviour Research and Therapy,

International Journal of Eating Disorders etc.

Additional Information

A large part of the learning in this module will take place in the tutorial.  Attendance at tutorials is mandatory in particulart tutorials where their peers are presenting.