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This course provides an overview of interventions for children and adolescents with commonly occurring childhood disorders, and behaviour / learning difficulties (anxiety, phobia, depression, antisocial behaviour, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia). We will cover how to recognise these disorders, what is known about their causes, and how to plan and evaluate interventions. We will examine what the current academic literature tells us about effective evidence-based interventions, and challenges and issues in intervention work. The course introduces students to multiple perspectives on disorders and interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Introduction to Interventions is one of the compulsory first year courses in the Child and Family Psychology programme, and is also suitable for students who are pursuing postgraduate qualifications in special education.
Students will be able to:1. Recognise common behavioural and learning difficulties2. Describe what is known about the causes of behavioural and learning difficulties3. Describe interventions commonly used for a given behavioural and learning difficulty, and their evidence base.4. Review and critique assessments and interventions for behavioural and learning difficulties5. Effectively search for intervention literature relevant to a disorder or difficulty6. Read and evaluate published reports of intervention research7. Formulate intervention plans for cases of behavioural and learning difficulties.
Subject to approval of the Head of School of Health Sciences
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Compulsory texts for the course include: - the Handbook of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology (Alan Carr) and - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). Both are available as an e book from the library. Weekly readings will be made available on the LEARN site.
AssignmentsThere will be three written assignments focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of interventions. Further assignment details will be distributed closer to the due dates. Assignments must be your own work, and will be submitted electronically via Turnitin.Grading scaleAll grades will be awarded using the University of Canterbury’s official 9-point scale:Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A Pass is 50 marks or over University assessment regulationsEvery student is responsible for familiarising themself with university regulations regarding courses and assessment as outlined in the College of Education Assessment Guidelines for Students and the UC General Course and Examinations Regulations.
Attendance at all classes is strongly recommended.
This course is periodically evaluated using the University of Canterbury Course and Teaching Surveys.
Domestic fee $2,159.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Health Sciences