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PSYC21004 Therapy II: Theory, Research, Practice
Therapy II: Theory, Research, Practice
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General Information

Overview

This unit is intended to provide clinical training in the implementation of culturally-responsive, evidence-based, clinical psychology interventions to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse populations, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Specifically, this unit will focus on your developing competencies in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, with a strong emphasis on the skill of case conceptualisation and treatment planning.

Details

Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 9
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Prerequisite: PSYC21003 Therapy I: Theory, Research, Practice 

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 2 - 2020

Rockhampton

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 Postgraduate 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. Written Assessment
Weighting: 25%
2. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
Weighting: 15%
3. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
Weighting: 30%
4. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
Weighting: 30%

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 Student feedback

Feedback

Students would like more clarity around assessment items as they thought some instructions were difficult to follow.

Recommendation

Review assessment item instructions and marking rubrics provided to improve clarity.

Feedback from Student feedback

Feedback

Students would like to see videos of techniques.

Recommendation

Provide links in Moodle to relevant videos.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain and demonstrate the appropriate selection and implementation of evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions on the basis of case formulation
  2. Adjust therapeutic interventions, based on an evolving Acceptance and Commitment Therapy case formulation, using processes that are responsive to cultural context
  3. Apply evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions in working with adults.

The course Learning Outcomes for this unit are consistent with the new Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) Accreditation Standards, in particular, Section 4.2.3 regarding application of advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.

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
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 15%
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 30%
4 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment - 25%
2 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 15%
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 30%
4 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) - 30%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The process of mindful change 2nd Edition (2012)

Authors: Hayes, Strosahl & Wilson
The Guilford Press
New York New York , NY , USA
ISBN: 9781609189648
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

If you prefer to study with a paper copy, they are available at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code). eBooks are available at the publisher's website.

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
Helen Madell Unit Coordinator
h.g.madell@cqu.edu.au
Claire Thompson Unit Coordinator
c.l.thompson@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 13 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Philosophical framework for therapists

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). The dilemma of human suffering. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 3-26).  Guilford Press.
  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). The foundations of ACTL Taking a functional contextual approach. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 27-59).  Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 2 Begin Date: 20 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

Philosophical framework for therapists

  • Foundations of ACT
  • Ontology
  • Relational Frame Theory
  • Contextual Science


Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Psychological flexibility as a unified model of human functioning. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 60-101).  Guilford Press.
  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). The therapeutic relationship in ACT. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 141-161).  Guilford Press.
  • Wendt, D. C., & Gone, J. P. (2011). Rethinking cultural competence: Insights from indigenous community treatment settings. Transcultural Psychiatry, 49(2), 206-222. https://doi-org.ezproxy.cqu.edu.au/10.1177/1363461511425622

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 3 Begin Date: 27 Jul 2020

Module/Topic

ACT and Psychological Flexibility

Case Formulation in ACT

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Creating a context for change: Mind versus experience. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 162-199).  Guilford Press.
  • Shand, F. L., Ridani, R., Tighe, J. & Christensen H. (2013). The effectiveness of a suicide prevention app for indigenous Australian youths: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 14(1). http://dx.doi.org.ezproxy.cqu.edu.au/10.1186/1745-6215-14-396

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 4 Begin Date: 03 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

ACT and Psychological Flexibility; and

Case Formulation in ACT

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit Essay Friday 7th Aug 1700 AEST

Submit Online


Essay : Foundations of ACT and impacts on therapeutic relationship. (Weighting: 25% of the total grade). Due: Week 4 Friday (7 Aug 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 5 Begin Date: 10 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

ACT and Psychological Flexibility; and

Case Formulation in ACT

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., Wilson, K. G. & Sandoz, E. K. (2012). Case formulation: Listening with ACT ears, seeing with ACT eyes. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 103-140).  Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Vacation Week Begin Date: 17 Aug 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 6 Begin Date: 24 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

ACT Core Clinical Processes:

Defusion

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Defusion. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 243-269).   Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit 1st Video Role Play: Using ACT to provide case conceptualisation. Friday 28th August 1700 AEST

Submit Essay Online

Submit Video Via Wellness Centre


Video Role Play 1: Using ACT to provide a case conceptualisation/formulation to enhance collaboration with a client Due: Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 12:00 am AEST
Week 7 Begin Date: 31 Aug 2020

Module/Topic

ACT Core Clinical Processes:

Dimensions of Self

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Dimensions of self. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 220-242).  Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 8 Begin Date: 07 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

ACT Core Clinical Processes:

Present Moment Awareness

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D., Wilson, K. G. & Sandoz, E. K. (2012). Present-moment awareness. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 201-219).  Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 14 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

ACT Core Clinical Processes:

Acceptance

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Acceptance. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 270-295).   Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit 2nd Video role play and written component of assessment - Friday 18th September 1700 AEST

Submit Essay Online

Submit Video Via Wellness Centre


Video Role play 2: Video demonstration role play of two ACT Techniques and written critique Due: Week 9 Friday (18 Sept 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 21 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

ACT Core Clinical Processes:

Connecting with Values

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Connecting with values. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 296-326).   Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 11 Begin Date: 28 Sep 2020

Module/Topic

ACT Core Clinical Processes:

Committed Action

Chapter

  • Hayes, S. C., Strosahl, K. D. & Wilson, K. G. (2012). Committed action. In S. C. Hayes, K. D. Strosahl, & K. G. Wilson, K. G. (Eds.), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change, (2nd ed., pp 327-354).  Guilford Press.

Events and Submissions/Topic


Week 12 Begin Date: 05 Oct 2020

Module/Topic

Summary, review and reflection.

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Submit 3rd Video role play and written component of final assessment - Friday 09th October 1700 AEST

Submit Essay Online

Submit Video Via Wellness Centre


Video Role play 3: Video demonstration role play of two ACT Techniques and written critique Due: Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 5:00 pm AEST
Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 12 Oct 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Exam Week Begin Date: 19 Oct 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic


Assessment Tasks

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Essay : Foundations of ACT and impacts on therapeutic relationship. (Weighting: 25% of the total grade).

Task Description

The essay will be 1500 words in length (not including title page, abstract and references)

Friday 07th August 5:00PM (AEST)

  1. Review the literature to develop an essay entitled: Understanding of ACT foundations, therapeutic relationship factors and how these factors reflected in ACT
  2. Length: 1500 words (not including title page, abstract or references).
  3. The essay will contain appropriate citations to the current literature.
  4. It will include an abstract section.
  5. Use APA formatting and referencing.


Assessment Due Date

Week 4 Friday (7 Aug 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Vacation Week Friday (21 Aug 2020)


Weighting
25%

Minimum mark or grade
10

Assessment Criteria

Friday 07th August 5:00PM (AEST)

  1. Demonstrates an understanding of ACT foundations (25%)
  2. Demonstrates the principles underlying therapeutic relationships and how these are reflected in ACT (25%).
  3. Inclusion and quality of abstract (15%)
  4. Integration of current and relevant literature (15%)
  5. Language and writing style are appropriate for a professional / academic audience (10%)
  6. Effective use of American Psychological Association formatting, citations and referencing in the submission (10%).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain and demonstrate the appropriate selection and implementation of evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions on the basis of case formulation
  • Adjust therapeutic interventions, based on an evolving Acceptance and Commitment Therapy case formulation, using processes that are responsive to cultural context


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research

2 Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)

Assessment Title
Video Role Play 1: Using ACT to provide a case conceptualisation/formulation to enhance collaboration with a client

Task Description

Video Presentation

  • Demonstrate explaining the case conceptualisation/formulation of ACT from the Hexaflex. The technique will be allocated 15 minutes in the video.
  • The student DOES NOT need to role play with another person in the video, the video need only contain the student.
  • To be submitted via the Wellness Centre video drive in your student folder.

Written Assessment of video

  • Write an ACT case formulation based on the case study demonstrated in the video assignment.
  • Include a critique of those areas that you feel went well, areas that you could improve, and what you would do differently in future, and why.
  • Length: no longer than 1500 words (not including title page, abstract or references).
  • The essay will contain appropriate citations to the current literature.
  • It will include an abstract section.
  • Use APA formatting and referencing.
  • Due: end of week 6 - Friday 28th August 5:00PM AEST


Assessment Due Date

Week 6 Friday (28 Aug 2020) 12:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 8 Friday (11 Sept 2020)


Weighting
15%

Minimum mark or grade
6

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria for video component (Weighting: 10% of total grade)
  1. Clear demonstration of understanding of how to describe the ACT model to a client (50%)
  2. Effective demonstration relating to therapeutic alliance (20%)
  3. Skill in implementation of task within time allocated (20%)
  4. Appropriate use of material to support task understanding, where relevant (10%).

Assessment criteria for written component (Weighting: 5% of total grade)

  1. Demonstrated understanding of writing an ACT based formulation (40%)
  2. Clear identification of successful components of video, areas for improvement and how to strengthen implementation for subsequent clients (25%)
  3. Integration of current and relevant literature (15%)
  4. Language and writing style are appropriate for a professional / academic audience (10%)
  5. Effective use of American Psychological Association formatting, citations and referencing in the submission (10%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Video to be submitted via the Wellness Centre video drive in your student folder, essay submitted via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Explain and demonstrate the appropriate selection and implementation of evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions on the basis of case formulation
  • Adjust therapeutic interventions, based on an evolving Acceptance and Commitment Therapy case formulation, using processes that are responsive to cultural context


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Research
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

3 Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)

Assessment Title
Video Role play 2: Video demonstration role play of two ACT Techniques and written critique

Task Description

The task consists of a video component and a written critique of the video due end of week 09

Video Presentation

  • Demonstrate doing ONLY two of the ACT techniques from the Hexaflex. Each technique will be allocated 15 minutes in the video.
  • The completed video will last approximately 30 minutes. This can be in two separate sections for each technique demonstrated.
  • The student can choose which techniques to demonstrate.
  • The student can use a person they know to be in the role of a client, such as another student or a family member.
  • To be submitted via the Wellness Centre video drive in your student folder.

Written Assessment of video

  • Write a reflective review of each technique demonstrated in the video assignment.
  • Include a critique of those areas that you feel went well, and
  • Identify the areas that you could improve, including what you would do differently in future, and why.


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Friday (18 Sept 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 11 Friday (2 Oct 2020)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
12

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria for video component (Weighting: 20% of total grade)
  1. Clear demonstration of ACT techniques that show allegiance to the model (50%)
  2. Effective demonstration relating to therapeutic alliance (20%)
  3. Skill in implementation of task within time allocated (20%)
  4. Appropriate use of material to support task understanding, where relevant (10%).

Assessment criteria for written component (Weighting: 10% of total grade)

  1. Clear identification of successful components of video (40%)
  2. Clear identification of areas for improvement (40%)
  3. Reflections on how to strengthen implementation for subsequent clients (20%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Video to be submitted via the Wellness Centre video drive in your student folder, essay submitted via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions in working with adults.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

4 Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)

Assessment Title
Video Role play 3: Video demonstration role play of two ACT Techniques and written critique

Task Description

The task consists of a video component and a written critique of the video due end of week 12

Video Presentation

  • Demonstrate doing ONLY two of the ACT techniques from the Hexaflex. Each technique will be allocated 15 minutes in the video.
  • The completed video will last approximately 30 minutes. This can be in two separate sections for each technique demonstrated.
  • The student can choose which techniques to demonstrate.
  • The student can use a person they know to be in the role of a client, such as another student or a family member.
  • To be submitted via the Wellness Centre video drive in your student folder.

Written Assessment of video

  • Write a reflective review of each technique demonstrated in the video assignment.
  • Include a critique of those areas that you feel went well, and
  • Identify the areas that you could improve, including what you would do differently in future, and why.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Friday (9 Oct 2020) 5:00 pm AEST


Return Date to Students

Exam Week Friday (23 Oct 2020)


Weighting
30%

Minimum mark or grade
12

Assessment Criteria

Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria for video component (Weighting: 20% of total grade)
  1. Clear demonstration of ACT techniques that show allegiance to the model (50%)
  2. Effective demonstration relating to therapeutic alliance (20%)
  3. Skill in implementation of task within time allocated (20%)
  4. Appropriate use of material to support task understanding, where relevant (10%).

Assessment criteria for written component (Weighting: 10% of total grade)

  1. Clear identification of successful components of video (40%)
  2. Clear identification of areas for improvement (40%)
  3. Reflections on how to strengthen implementation for subsequent clients (20%)


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Video to be submitted via the Wellness Centre video drive in your student folder, essay submitted via Moodle.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Apply evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions in working with adults.


Graduate Attributes
  • Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Cognitive, technical and creative skills
  • Self-management
  • Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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