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HPS908 - Psychological Therapy

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
Unit chair:

Jane McGillivray

Incompatible with: HPS708
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.


Building on HPS977, this is both a theoretical and practical unit that provides the opportunity to evaluate various intervention techniques and to develop skills in different types of therapy. Topics include therapies to address common clinical problems in adulthood such as anxiety, depression, personality disorders, sleep disorders, sexual disorders, substance abuse, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. In addition, the major therapies employed with children will be covered (psychotherapy, play therapy cognitive and behaviour therapy); as well as therapy interventions for people with intellectual disabilities and the elderly. The emphasis is on evidence-based practice. A major focus is on the development of high level therapy skills through the use of role-play, video recording of simulated therapy sessions, feedback and discussions.


Assessment task 1: Examination (2 hours) 50%

Assessment task 2: Assignment (2500 words) 30%

Assessment task 3: Role-play 10%

Assessment task 4: OSCE* 10%
*Note: The OSCE is a hurdle requirement, thus students must achieve a pass grade in order to pass the unit.
Weighted marks of up to 10% are available for students who demonstrate advanced practice skills.

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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