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Unit Summary

Unit type

PG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Provides an overview of cognitive, behavioural and psychotherapeutic interventions across the adult lifespan. Clinical formulations, psychological assessments, research findings, and professional and ethical guidelines will be applied to critically determine appropriate interventions and evaluate their effectiveness. Students will apply cross-cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives, and consider family and community resources in a biopsychosocial treatment approach. Role plays will be used to further develop basic counselling skills and foster reflective practice as students experience the therapist and client roles.

Unit content

  • Cognitive, behavioural and psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for adults
  • Ethical principles in psychological practice (e.g., professional boundaries, limits to confidentiality and areas of practice)
  • Establishing and maintaining rapport in psychotherapeutic settings
  • Culture and age-sensitive application of psychotherapeutic approaches
  • Reflective practice in professional psychology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 conduct professional interviews and assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine, in consultation with the client, the most appropriate intervention
2 demonstrate knowledge of a range of evidence-based cognitive, behavioural and psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for adults including risk management and their application
3 demonstrate rapport building skills when conducting interviewing, applying counselling skills and psychotherapeutic techniques for adults in a simulated therapeutic context
4 reflect on the experience of conducting culturally sensitive interviews and psychotherapy interventions

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

  1. conduct professional interviews and assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine, in consultation with the client, the most appropriate intervention
  2. demonstrate knowledge of a range of evidence-based cognitive, behavioural and psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for adults including risk management and their application
  3. demonstrate rapport building skills when conducting interviewing, applying counselling skills and psychotherapeutic techniques for adults in a simulated therapeutic context
  4. reflect on the experience of conducting culturally sensitive interviews and psychotherapy interventions