BEHV 7011 Clinical Psychopathology 2

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 101813

Coordinator Janet Conti Opens in new window

Description This subject continues the study of clinical psychopathology. Students will examine the nature and assessment of a range of complex psychopathological syndromes, including schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; eating disorders; personality disorders; substance-related disorders; dissociative disorders; and sexual and gender identity disorders and psychopathology presentations in diverse contexts (such as forensic settings and working with families).

School Psychology

Discipline Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BEHV 7010


Students must be enrolled in 1812 Master of Clinical Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the diagnostic features and associated characteristics of psychopathological problems likely to be encountered in clinical practice
  2. Describe the diagnostic features and associated characteristics of more complex less common, and co-morbid psychopathology diagnostic categories.
  3. Apply the current major theories of the aetiologies of these disorders, identify vulnerability and resilience factors, and treatment alternatives
  4. Develop skills in complex clinical formulations that are built upon theories, diagnostic characteristics and tailored to individual clients within their unique contexts
  5. Develop clinical skills in the recognition of the various psychopathological issues and, where appropriate, the need for referral or involvement of other specialist services and health practitioners.
  6. Develop skills in report writing for complex psychopathological issues that includes a comprehensive diagnostic formulation for the foundation for the proposed intervention

Subject Content

Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
Feeding and eating disorders
Personality disorders
Substance-related disorders
Sexual dysfunctions
Sleep/wake disorders
Dissociative disorders
Common psychopathological disorders in Forensic populations
Somatic symptom and related disorders
Family systems assessment


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Case Study 3,000 words 40 Y Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 60 Y Individual

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