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HPS708 - Psychological Intervention 2

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in H750 Master of Psychology (Clinical) to enrol in this unit

Unit chair:

Jane McGillivray



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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


Building on HPS777, Psychological Intervention 1, this is both a theoretical and practical unit that provides the opportunity for students to evaluate the evidence base for, and to develop skills in the delivery of a range of therapies to individuals across the lifespan. At the commencement of the unit, students will access materials related to the evaluation of therapy efficacy and effectiveness, in line with the scientist-practitioner approach, Class topics include therapies to address clinical problems in adults and adolescents, such as complex anxiety disorders, and therapies for issues commonly encountered in children, such as ADHD, child depression, school refusal and other behavioural problems. In addition, adaptation of therapy interventions for people with intellectual disabilities and older adults will be covered.

Many of the therapies studied are based on a cognitive behavioural framework, in line with an emphasis on evidence-based practice. A major focus will be on the development of therapy skills through the use of instructional observation, simulated therapy sessions and role-play, feedback and discussions. Each four hour session will commence with a seminar on the topic linking theory and research to therapy techniques. This will be followed by a practical session in which students will observe a role play of a therapy session demonstrating an intervention from the previous week. These role plays will be presented by students rotating in the roles of therapist and client.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (3000 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Role-play presentation 15%

Assessment task 3: OSCE* 45%


*Note: The OSCE is a hurdle requirement, thus students must achieve a Pass grade in order to pass the unit.

Prescribed texts

Barlow, D.H. (ed) (2014). Clinical handbook of psychological disorders: A step-by-step treatment manual (5th ed.). New York: The Guilford Press

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