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Child and adolescent mental health nursing – clinical assessment

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This unit of study is designed to prepare paediatric nurses for the assessment and management of children and young adults who present with mental health problems. Particular reference is made to mental health nursing assessment and diagnostic categories of mental disorders. Case assessment, planning and implementation are also examined. The unit of study introduces the nurse to current trends in psychopharmacology, behavioural therapy, living with mental disorders and the impact of mental disorders on the client and their family.

Child and adolescent mental health nursing – clinical assessment

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG unit of study


JANUARY, JULY (dependant on numbers)



Fee*Tier 3

Prescribed text

Carr, A 2006, The handbook of child and adolescent clinical psychology: A contextual approach, Taylor & Francis Ltd, Routledge, London.

Co-ordinated by: Fran Stoddart



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Normal childhood and common problems and presentations in childhood

a) Identify and discuss the theories and stages of development for infants, children and adolescents

Assessment 1 Online activities x 4



Theme 2: Infant, child and family assessment

b) Examine methods of mental health assessment, including risk assessment for infants, children and adolescents and their families

Assessment 2 Case analysis (1500 words)



Theme 3: Assessment of adolescent (12 to 18 years) for mental health concerns

c) Outline and describe the mental health disorders common to infants, children and adolescents, and evaluate current mental health classification systems

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)




d) Rationalise use of early intervention model for infants, children and adolescents





e) Critically evaluate current policies and programs related to the wellbeing of infants, children and adolescents in the community from state, territory or commonwealth initiatives





f) Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity towards children and their families who come from indigenous and/or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds





g) Reflect on own values, beliefs in relation to working with infants, children and adolescents who have a mental illness or disorder.




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.