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HPS977 - Psychological Intervention 1

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Melissa O'Shea





Incompatible with: HPS777
Contact hours:

1 x 3 hour class and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week


This unit is designed to provide the theoretical and practical framework for the major evidence-based psychotherapeutic approach broadly defined as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), along with its contemporary adaptations and applications. The unit is focused on skill acquisition in intervention practice and management of therapeutic/clinical process. The emphasis is on facilitation of practical skill development in terms of content and process, with specific reference to the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. Such knowledge and skills lay the foundation for an array of more specific psychotherapies and techniques that will be taught throughout the course, particularly in the units Psychological Intervention 2 and 3. Additionally, the unit will enable students to develop an appreciation of the 'common factors' fundamental to outcome in all psychotherapeutic approaches. The unit is focused on practice-and experiential- learning approaches, consistent with best practice pedagogy for professional psychology units of study. Opportunities to develop skills will occur through demonstration and observation, as well practical rehearsal (roleplay) with individualised feedback. A highlight of the unit is the opportunity to understand and develop group CBT practice through participation in a CBT based group with other students focussed on cognitive behavioural based self-care strategies. The unit will be structured into two parts: a class including group based learning and seminar (roleplay) component.


Assessment task 1: Role-play skill demonstration 30%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Oral examination (1 hour) 40%


Prescribed texts

Kennerley, H., Kirk, J. & Westbrook, D. (2017). An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy: Skills and applications. (3rd ed.). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

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