CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC14049 Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies
Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies
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General Information

Overview

This unit focuses on both conceptual and practical implications of cognitive behavioural theories. You will have opportunity to explore and learn the different approaches and theoretical debates for the use of cognitive behavioural theory in evidence-based practice of psychology.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 4
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CC42 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 3 - 2020

Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 15%
4. Online Test
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Verbal and written feedback

Feedback

Some students requested that the practical task 'Videotaped psychoeducation session and reflection' be amended to remove the 'reflection' component of the assessment. Given the time and amount of work required to prepare for and record this video recording, the removal of the 'reflection' would allow the full assessment marks (25%) to be allocated to the video recording task.

Recommendation

Remove the 'critique' component of Task 2 (Video Recording of Psychoeducation Session and Critique).

Feedback from Written and verbal feedback

Feedback

Students like the optional (non compulsory) readings and articles provided.

Recommendation

Continue to provide extra 'optional' reading for students who want more in depth information on unit material

Feedback from Written and verbal feedback.

Feedback

Some students requested a review of the wording of some sections of the written assignment (case report) assessment information guidelines to improve clarity.

Recommendation

Review the assessment information guidelines of the 'case report' to improve clarity.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Apply a theoretical and practical understanding of the cognitive therapy model
  2. Use case information to formulate case conceptualisations and basic treatment plans with appropriate processes and principles of cognitive therapy
  3. Apply core principles of ethical and professional practice to therapeutic processes across psychological case studies and themes
  4. Use cognitive therapy processes and decision-making strategies in case-study presentations.

Learning outcomes fulfil the level 2 pre-professional competencies required by the updated Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines. The learning outcomes also meet the study criteria as specified by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as appropriate for study at level 8 as stated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 15%
2 - Practical Assessment - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Online Test - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 15%
2 - Practical Assessment - 25%
3 - Written Assessment - 20%
4 - Online Test - 40%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond 2nd ed (2011)

Authors: Beck, J. S.
Guildford Press
New York New York , New York , United States of America
ISBN: 9781609185046
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Tina McAdie Unit Coordinator
t.mcadie@cqu.edu.au
Helen Mason Unit Coordinator
h.g.mason@cqu.edu.au
Sarah Blunden Unit Coordinator
s.blunden@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Introduction, principles, the therapeutic relationship

Chapter

Chapters 1 and 2

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Case conceptualisation

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Evaluation and assessment

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

First and second therapy sessions

Chapter

Chapters 5 and 7

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 07 Dec 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 5 Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Thoughts and emotions

Chapter

Chapters 9 and 10

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Behavioural and additional interventions

Chapter

Chapters 6 and 15

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 7 Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy

(MCBT)

Chapter

Selected Moodle readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment due: Video recording of psychoeducation session (25% of your total grade). Due 9am (QLD time) Monday 4th of January.
Video Recording of Psychoeducation Session (25% of your total grade) Due: Week 7 Monday (4 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Treatment planning for anxiety disorders

Chapter

Chapter 19

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 9 Begin Date: 18 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Client homework

Chapter

Chapter 17

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 10 Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Client homework - troubleshooting

Chapter

Chapter 20

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment due: Case report, formulation and treatment plan (20% of your total grade). Due 9am (QLD time) Monday the 25th of January.
Case Report, Formulation and Treatment Plan (20% of your total grade) Due: Week 10 Monday (25 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Week 11 Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Termination, relapse prevention, therapist competency

Chapter

Chapter 18 and selected Moodle readings

Events and Submissions/Topic

Online quiz (worth 15% of your total grade) is available from 7am (QLD time) on Friday the 5th of February through to 11.59pm (QLD time) Monday the 8th of February.

Week 12 Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Review of course content and skills

Chapter

No formal reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment due: Online quiz (worth 15% of your total grade). Due 11.59pm (QLD time) Monday the 8th of February.


Online Quiz (15% of your total grade) Due: Week 12 Monday (8 Feb 2021) 12:00 am AEST
Exam Week Begin Date: 15 Feb 2021

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment due: Online test will be scheduled during the Exam week (date tbc). This is worth 40% of your final grade.

Assessment Tasks

1 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title
Video Recording of Psychoeducation Session (25% of your total grade)

Task Description

  Video recording of a psycho-education session (100%) 

You will record and submit a video of a psycho-education session.

  • The assignment is an opportunity to demonstrate your professional practice in the delivery of a basic component of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).
  • Specifically, you will provide a psycho-education session to a client on the cognitive behavioural model.
  • Competence in psycho-education and socialising the client to the CBT model is a fundamental element of the therapeutic process.
  • Further details including marking criteria are provided on the Moodle site.


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Monday (4 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 10 Monday (25 Jan 2021)

Feedback and the mark will be uploaded to Moodle


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

  • The video is marked with reference to the Cognitive Therapy Rating Scale. Please refer to Appendix C in the textbook and the feedback sheet on the PSYC14049 Moodle site.
  • Referencing Style - American Psychological Association (APA 7th Edition).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Make sure that the file is not too big to be uploaded (refer to information provided in Moodle)

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a theoretical and practical understanding of the cognitive therapy model


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Case Report, Formulation and Treatment Plan (20% of your total grade)

Task Description

Task Description:

  • Two case studies are provided on the Moodle site.
  • Choose one of these case studies and complete a case history, generate a case conceptualisation, and develop a treatment plan.
  • Use the assessment criteria from the Moodle site to guide you on the development of this task.

General Guidelines:

  • Submit via the Moodle site and please submit as a Word document.
  • Use APA 7th Edition formatting with appropriate headings.
  • Use appropriate citations and referencing (although citations should be minimal).
  • Please include a title page. An abstract is not required for this assessment task.


Assessment Due Date

Week 10 Monday (25 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (19 Feb 2021)

Feedback and the mark will be uploaded to Moodle


Weighting
20%

Assessment Criteria

  • Marking guide provided on Moodle site.
  • Referencing style is American Psychological Association (APA)-7th Edition.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Use case information to formulate case conceptualisations and basic treatment plans with appropriate processes and principles of cognitive therapy
  • Use cognitive therapy processes and decision-making strategies in case-study presentations.


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

3 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz (15% of your total grade)

Task Description

  • You have a multiple choice quiz to complete via the PSYC14049 Moodle site. Online quiz (worth 15% of your total grade) is available from 7am (QLD time) on Friday the 5th of February through to 11.59pm (QLD time) Monday the 8th of February.
  • Only one attempt is possible.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (8 Feb 2021) 12:00 am AEST

Quiz available from Friday until Monday


Return Date to Students

You will receive immediate feedback on your grade on completion of Quiz 1


Weighting
15%

Assessment Criteria

The quiz is multiple choice.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply core principles of ethical and professional practice to therapeutic processes across psychological case studies and themes
  • Use cognitive therapy processes and decision-making strategies in case-study presentations.


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

4 Online Test

Assessment Title
End of Year Online Test

Task Description

The end of year online test will consist of short answer questions.  Further details will be provided during the semester.


Assessment Due Date

EOY Online Test will be scheduled during university exam period.


Return Date to Students

Weighting
40%

Assessment Criteria

Complete an online short answer test during the exam period.  Further information will be provided during the term.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply a theoretical and practical understanding of the cognitive therapy model
  • Use case information to formulate case conceptualisations and basic treatment plans with appropriate processes and principles of cognitive therapy
  • Apply core principles of ethical and professional practice to therapeutic processes across psychological case studies and themes


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Cross Cultural Competence
  • Ethical practice

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

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