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Unit details

HPS777 - Interview and Intervention Strategies

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

David Austin

Incompatible with: HPS977
Contact hours: 4 hours per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit is designed to provide the theoretical and practical frameworks of major evidence-based psychotherapy approaches, with an emphasis on cognitive behaviour therapies, Moreover, the unit is focused on skills acquisition in clinical interviewing and management of therapeutic/clinical process. The emphasis is upon provision of theoretical understanding and practical skills for collecting and using clinical information, both in terms of content and process, and then selecting appropriate intervention strategies. Such knowledge and skill lay the foundation for an array of more specific psychotherapies and techniques that will be taught throughout the course, and particularly for the second year unit HPS708 Psychological Therapy. Additionally, the unit will enable students to develop an appreciation of the 'common factors' fundamental to outcome in all psychotherapeutic approaches as well as learn about the fundamental question of 'what works for whom?' Opportunities to develop skills will occur through practical rehearsal and individual feedback. Role play and the observation of practice sessions will allow students to develop skills in the use of treatment approaches.

The course will be structured into two parts: a seminar and practice component.


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

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

Assessment task 3: Role-play skill demonstration 30%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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