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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
  • Common mental health conditions for childhood and adolescence (including sexual identity)
  • Compassionate intervention
  • Family therapy and genograms
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse population models of mental health and wellbeing
  • Effective interventions for older people

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, children and adolescents
  • Critique the influences and impacts of transgenerational trauma with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse 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:

  • Case study - 40%
  • Critical essay - 50%
  • Discussion board critical reflection - 10%


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 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.