Clinical Psychology

Developmental Wellbeing (CLPS11048)

This course explores the relevance of contemporary theories of child development and how we can apply these to understanding key determinants of wellbeing from the antenatal period to adolescence.

Course dates Semester 1
Course credits 20
Course delivery Online
Academic co-ordinator Dr Melina Kyranides

Course description

This course explores the relevance of contemporary theories of child development and how we can apply these to understanding key determinants of wellbeing from the antenatal period to adolescence. We will introduce cognitive, affective, interpersonal and biological factors involved in child development and link them to wellbeing. Students will also learn to critically evaluate the literature on interventions to promote child wellbeing using developmental theory.

The course will encourage students to critically evaluate the extent to which developmental wellbeing is captured by current models of healthcare and interventions for children, young people and their carers. We will also explore the applicability of developmental wellbeing in a global mental health context.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Conceptualise, analyse and present the essential theoretical models and research literature of well-being across the lifespan, among populations with different access to public services, and different cultures
  • Critically review the different variables associated with well-being at different stages of development
  • Critical appraisal and understanding of life-span theories under a positive psychological and flourishing perspective
  • Critically review and contextualise different identity, cognitive, relational and motivational factors involved in a positive life-span development

Course delivery and assessment

This course will run in Semester 1 (September - December) and is delivered entirely online. Teaching takes place through a range of online-based interactive activities supported by video lectures, videos, e-books and journal articles, and discussion boards.