NURS20152 - Advanced Therapeutic Interventions

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Approaches to mental health care have developed dramatically in the past 150 years. From containment and custodial-based care, mental health nurses now aspire to therapeutic approaches that are person-centred, goal-oriented, collaborative and evidence-based. This unit explores specialist techniques intentionally used to create ease, promote self-understanding and motivate pathways to recovery within specific mental health contexts. You will research, discuss and apply traditional and emerging psychosocial approaches such as cognitive behaviour therapy, solution focused counselling, open diaologue and other group therapies. An opportunity to focus your inquiry into one or more specialist services, where advanced techniques are emphasised, will be provided.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Be Different Intakes

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2021 - Online

Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2019

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2019
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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Portfolio 0%
3. Written Assessment 60%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.8 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 40% response rate.

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.

Source: Student surveys
The learning platform was well received. Students felt Moodle was easily navigated.
Continue with Moodle platform
Action Taken
Moodle learning platform continued in 2018.
Source: Student feedback via emails
Some students had difficulty taping their video to you tube.
Investigate other ways to provide videos for assessment items, such as a trial of using Facebook Messenger for an easier way of taping and forwarded assessment items.
Action Taken
Face book and messenger were scrutinized as potential platforms for student videos however due to privacy issues and space restrictions youtube was superior. Students did not report any issues in recording and uploading clips to the youtube in 2018. A demonstration video was provided.
Source: Student feedback survey
One student suggested the weeks of learning could be opened earlier.
Consider opening the units two weeks ahead of time so that students have earlier access to learning resources.
Action Taken
Weeks of learning were all opened up at beginning of semester. There was an issue with week 6, however this was opened up two weeks prior.
Source: Student emails
Students felt the unit was particular relevant to mental health nursing and enjoyed that they could relate the learning to the workplace
Continue to present contemporary advanced therapeutic interventions.
Action Taken
The study materials were designed in collaboration with practicing mental health nurses.
Source: Student feedback survey
Feedback from one student that a link was not accessible.
Review all hyperlinks prior to each week as links at times drop out.
Action Taken
Despite trouble shooting the links, some students experienced difficulties accessing materials via library links that were not easy to remedy. Students were provided with PDFs of materials in these cases.
Source: Student feedback to unit of study coordinator.
Students appreciated being able to select their own therapeutic intervention to investigate and practise.
Assessment tasks where possible should allow students to choose their own topic.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Analyse a range of psychosocial approaches, including their assumptions, aims and methods
  2. Apply evidence based practice to recommend a specific therapeutic approach
  3. Evaluate advanced therapeutic care that is planned and implemented collaboratively
  4. Demonstrate and evaluate the use of advanced approaches within specialised areas.

This unit is one of the units offered in the Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing (CC69). The Graduate Diploma is provisionally accredited by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. The College will be notified of these changes. As there are no fundamental changes to the unit, it is unlikely that accreditation will be affected. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment