Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

PAEDS 712 - Youth Health Clinical Skills

15 Points

Semester 1



Develops and extends knowledge and skills in interviewing, comprehensive assessments and effective interventions with young people.

Course outline

Goals of the course

This is an applied clinical course, which aims to extend and consolidate professionals’ knowledge and skills in working effectively with young people in clinical settings.


Learning outcomes

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and discuss contemporary adolescent development and adolescent health issues.
  • Understand and apply principles of engaging and communicating with young people.
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake a HEEADSS (psychosocial youth health) assessment.
  • Have an overview of treatment and intervention models that are effective in working in a range of important areas of youth health.


Content outline

Day 1: Introduction to the course; Youth health status in New Zealand; An update on adolescent development; Risk and resiliency - a framework for assessment and intervention. Confidentiality; communication skills; HEEADSS Assessment

Day 2: An overview of core clinical skills in youth sexual health and youth with a chronic illness or disability. Formulation, ethical dilemmas and compliance and behaviour change

Day 3: An overview of core clinical skills in youth mental health and substance use. Working with Rangitahi. Professional boundaries and emotional resilience.

Day 4: Assessments

Learning and Teaching

PAEDS 712 is delivered in 3 one day block teaching sessions at the School of Population Health, Tamaki Campus. These will involve different modes of teaching including didactic, small group, interactive workshop and role plays using adolescent actors.

Teaching staff

Ms Heidi Watson, Course co-ordinator, Clinical Lecturer
Telephone: 021 337 129 email: heidi@adhb.govt.nz

Campus teaching dates

This course is held at Tāmaki Campus. Please see your timetable on SSO or Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day for the room details.

Learning resources

This is a multidisciplinary course covering a broad range of topics. There is no prescribed text but substantial readings will be provided in course material.


100% coursework: Students are required to complete one assignment (70%) and two scenario based take home test (30%). 

Programme and course advice

This is a postgraduate applied clinical course that is suitable for Professionals working with young people in health, education and social service settings. The course may be taken as part of a wide range of postgraduate programmes including youth health, nursing, mental health, drug and alcohol, medical science and health sciences. 

Course Coordinator

Course Administrator