Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1106
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Sajid Humayun


Pre and co requisites



This module introduces central concepts in the study of developmental psychopathology. The interaction between genetic and environmental influences in the development of child and adolescent mental health problems is explored through the application of the biopsychosocial model. Students develop an understanding of the developmental module of different mental health problems and gain a firm grounding in the application of developmental and clinical theory and research to practical settings, including to treatment approaches. The module provides critical overviews of these theoretical approaches and the research methods used in this field.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Evaluate psychological and psychiatric theories applied to child and adolescent mental health
2 Reflect on the relevance of psychological and psychiatric theories and research to children and adolescents’ everyday lives
3 Show awareness of the complexity of developmental pathways
4 Critically examine the interaction between genetic and environmental influences on child and adolescent mental health
5 Compare and evaluate different research methodologies used to study developmental psychopathology
6 Describe and critically evaluate how theory and research has influenced the development of treatment approaches for child and adolescent mental health problems

Indicative content

• The biopsychosocial model
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Eating disorders
• Cognitive theories of autism
• Anxiety and self-harm
• Bullying
• Promoting social-emotional competencies
• Conduct Disorders and Callous-Unemotional Traits
• Assessment and Formulation
• Interventions for antisocial behaviour
• Family therapy

Teaching and learning activity

Interactive lectures and guided seminar groups. Lectures will include videos and interactive tasks. Seminars will involve focussed interactive learning activities, such as students justifying answers on multiple choice questions to each other, and in problem-based learning, such as designing their own interventions for child and adolescent mental health problems. Some seminar activities will be aimed at enhancing students’ understanding of the research methodology used in the study of developmental psychopathology and their appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of different research designs. As part of these activities, students will design their own research studies on developmental psychopathology.


Take-home test - 100% weighting, LO - 1,2,3,4,5,6. Numeric grading. Pass mark - 40%.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning: Class exercises on course content and mock test