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 080
Availability Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

GC single unit of study

Term JANUARY, JULY (dependent on numbers)
Pre-requisite N/A
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Carr, A 2006, The handbook of child and adolescent clinical psychology: A contextual approach, Taylor & Francis Ltd, Routledge, London.
Co-ordinated by Fran Stoddart
Content Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note 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 x4 20% 1, 2, 4, 6
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 (1,500 words) 30% 5
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 (2,500 words) 50% 9
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.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Nursing – Clinical Assessment (080) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price (10% discount)2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.