This unit emphasises the life stage and bio-psycho-social contexts specifically related to providing effective engagement and interventions with children, adolescents and older persons. You will be able to critically apply those contexts to all aspects of comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment across the lifespan.

In this unit, you will cover:

  • Developmental psychology and sociology
  • Family therapy and genograms
  • Sexual identity
  • Common mental health conditions and compassionate interventions within childhood and adolescence
  • ATSI and CALD models of mental health and wellbeing
  • Helpful interventions for Older People and the need for compassion


Learning outcomes

  • Connect developmental theories to mental health and ill health, social roles and personal narratives of a meaningful life
  • Visualise the young person within family constellations, emerging identities and physiological changes
  • Design, in partnership with consumers, helpful interventions to common mental health conditions for young people
  • Critique the influences and impacts of transgenerational trauma with a focus on ATSI, CALD populations
  • Construct helpful interventions in partnership with consumers to common mental health conditions within the context of older persons’ mental health



You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Critical reflection (due Week 3): 50%
  • Treatment plan (due in Week 7): 50%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Mental Health and
Master of Mental Health (Nursing).


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.