HPS777 - Psychological Intervention 1


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

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





Incompatible with: HPS977
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Two full day workshops; And 8 usual sessions (1 x 3 hour class plus 1 hour seminar) – this year 3 of these 8 will be conducted in the online mode to ensure competency development in online CBT delivery (telehealth).


This unit begins by examining the important principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which represents one of the most widely used evidence-based treatment modalities in Clinical Psychology. These principles, sometimes known as threshold concepts, include the role of thought in behaviour and mood, the development of practice in the observation of thought, collaboration, behavioural experimentation and empiricism. These are considered within the framework of the therapeutic relationship and supported by asking students to engage directly with this knowledge via simulated practice including such activities as role plays.

Specific attention is given to the application of CBT to the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders which represent the most common mental disorders. Students will be directly preparing to apply this knowledge in practice during the first Clinical Placement Unit in Trimester 2. Teaching and learning, as well as assessment activities will support the student’s ability to apply CBT to these conditions as well as the ability to synthesise information such that relevant treatment decisions can be made, with individualised feedback throughout the unit.

Consistent with the wider intended learning outcomes of the program, focus is also placed on developing reflective practice capacity in relation to the student’s own development in preparation for engagement with clinical supervision. Students will critique their own progress and also provide peer feedback to other students in the unit. A highlight of the unit is the opportunity to further develop CBT practice through participation in a Mindfulness-based CBT group with other students focussed on cognitive behavioural based self-care strategies with the aim that these strategies support the student throughout the program as well as providing an experiential teaching and learning activity.

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