PSYC20058 - Interventions 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with the opportunity to develop the theoretical knowledge and skills necessary to practice within a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework. You will explore the various cognitive and experiential components of CBT, and demonstrate your ability to critically reflect upon the needs of the client and the practitioner through CBT case conceptualisation/formulation. You will use technical, cognitive, and communication skills to engage in effective CBT practice, and investigate client needs, across a variety of client presentations (e.g. cultural diversity, across the lifespan, differing diagnoses).


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Students must be enrolled in CL68 Master of Professional Psychology or CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology.

Anti-req PSYC21003

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

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).

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. Written Assessment 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 70.00% 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: Have your say, verbal feedback provided to staff.
Students thought that the textbook was too simplistic, and although they liked the additional video resources, they would have liked a more advanced-level textbook.
Teaching team to review the prescribed textbook.
Action Taken
After teaching team review, the textbook was replaced with a more advanced-level textbook that also provided additional video resources to support student learning.
Source: Have your say, verbal feedback provided to staff.
Students indicated that the assessment tasks were relevant and useful but they would have liked feedback earlier in the term.
Teaching team to review assessment due dates and return dates to allow provision of earlier feedback.
Action Taken
The teaching team reviewed assessment items and submission and return dates. Two assessment items (practical assessment and case report) were re-structured into smaller components with due dates spread across the unit to allow earlier submission and provision of feedback to scaffold learning for later assessment components.
Source: Have your say, verbal feedback provided to staff.
Students valued the applied and interactive nature of classes, particularly those directed at learning and practicing skills and techniques.
Retain the interactive and applied nature of classes and identify opportunities for increased time in practicing skills and techniques.
Action Taken
The nature and format of the classes were retained.
Source: SUTE evaluations, verbal feedback provided to staff.
Students appreciated the inclusion of a compulsory residential school into the unit and reported that this provided greater opportunities for skill development.
Retain the compulsory residential school and continue to identify opportunities for student skill development.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE evaluations, verbal feedback provided to staff.
Students valued the real-life examples and demonstrations in class.
Retain the use of real-life examples and demonstrations in class.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply effective therapeutic and communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy conceptualisations, treatment plans, and strategies.
  2. Evaluate and adjust therapeutic interventions, based on an evolving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy case formulation, using processes that are responsive to cultural context and practice across the lifespan.
  3. Critically analyse and reflect on therapeutic practice including technical skills and application of knowledge relating to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Learning outcomes are drawn from specifications for study at level 9 as indicated by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), program of study criteria as stated by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsychBA), and the following core competencies stated by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC):

  • 3.3 Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients,
  • 3.6 Conduct professional interviews and assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk,
  • 3.7 Monitor outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation, including health and health concerns, family and support networks, and organisational, cultural or community contexts, with care given to the appropriateness of interventions for the client within their wider context, and
  • 3.8 Interpret and communicate findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language,
  • 3.9 Implement appropriate, empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes
  • 3.14 Engage in self-reflective professional practice, taking account of the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result (APC, 2019, p.13-14).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
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
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8