Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Renee Walker

 Renee Walker

B.Arts (Psychology)(Hons)

Profile

I completed a B Arts (Psychology)(Hons) at the University of Newcastle. As part of my undergraduate program, I completed a Research Thesis with Professor Philip Hazel on the effects of contagion on Adolescent Suicide. Since completing my degree I have worked in Community Mental Health, specialising in Adolescent Mental Health, in Child and Family Counselling as well as running my own Private Practice whilst undertaking contract work in rehabilitation.  I have also worked as a teacher for TAFE, teaching Community Services, counselling and Youth work.  More recently I worked in the Occupational Psychology field as a Business Partner at TAFE advising and coaching managers on how to effectively manage staff with performance and conduct issues, as well as supporting them in workforce planning. I began teaching Child and Adolescent Psychology for Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie in July 2012 and now am coordinating Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services and Child and Adolescent Psychology.  I am a registered Psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society.

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Teaching

I co-ordinate the following subjects:

  • Foundations of Psychology for Health and Human Services (PSY111). This subject introduces the general field of psychology, its scientific and professional development. It examines some important areas of psychology including learning, developmental psychology, social psychology, personality, health psychology and psychological disorders. The subject is specifically designed for students who contemplate careers in health and human services.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology (PSY113). This subject considers in detail the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. Issues such as a child's 'theory of mind' or the development of shame are considered in relation to social behaviour in childhood and adolescence. Influences on such developmental processes from family, school and society are examined and psychological explanations for child and adolescent difficulties are given.

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