COUN0015 Developmental Psychology


Diploma Course Unit

Credit points: 6 out of 48


COUN0011 Reflective Learning and Practice

COUN0012 Psychology of Health and Wellnes

COUN0013 Counselling Skills

Mode of Study: On campus and online

Unit Description

This unit provides a comprehensive framework for the consideration of developmental psychology across the lifespan. Students will acquire in-depth knowledge of developmental psychology for understanding and appreciating their own development, as well as that of the people they interact with in the counselling role. Emphasis throughout this unit is on applying the theory to practical situations that students may encounter in work roles.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a) Identify and discuss the physical, cognitive, and identity developments in childhood, adolescence and early, mid and late adulthood.

b) Discuss supports and challenges to health and wellbeing at various stages of the life span.

c) Discuss the psychological implications of physical and cognitive changes that occur with maturation and ageing.

d) Identify the major goals and assumptions underpinning the field of developmental psychology.

e) Apply relevant developmental theories to a range of situations and contexts.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here.


Recommended Text

The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.