PSYC20059 - Therapy: Skills, Approaches, and Techniques

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will focus on consolidating known and expanding psychological knowledge, through the exploration of contemporary intervention skills, approaches, and techniques. You will draw upon foundational competencies such as micro-counselling skills, assessment interviews, and record keeping, and be introduced to additional therapy models to broaden your knowledge of the discipline. The role of motivational interviewing in evidence-based therapeutic intervention and psychopharmacology will also be explored.

Details

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

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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 Profile
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).

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 46.67% 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" Moodle evaluation feedback
Feedback
Students requested that the case report content be presented earlier in the weekly schedule of content.
Recommendation
Provide methods and formulation practice for case report development and reflective practice earlier in term.
Action Taken
Content and strategies for the methods and formulation practice for case report development and reflective practice were presented in the first two weeks of term.
Source: "Have your say" Moodle evaluation feedback and student feedback
Feedback
Students liked the demonstration and experiential learning examples of specific therapeutic techniques.
Recommendation
Continue to include role plays and in-class demonstrations across the therapeutic modalities.
Action Taken
Role plays and in-class demonstrations across the therapeutic modalities were conducted.
Source: "Have your say" Moodle evaluation feedback and student feedback
Feedback
Students requested more time dedicated to learning Motivational Interviewing.
Recommendation
Include more lecture time aligned with covering Motivational Interviewing in unit content.
Action Taken
More lecture time aligned with covering Motivational Interviewing in unit content was provided by adjusting the time taken to cover other topics.
Source: "Have your say" Moodle evaluation feedback and student feedback
Feedback
Students found the earlier presentation of information about the case report to be useful but requested more detail about the development of case report skills.
Recommendation
Retain the earlier presentation of case report material as part of the assessment brief. Confirm the learning framework for this task as further competency development of the students' current skills from Term 1.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: "Have your say" Moodle evaluation feedback
Feedback
Students suggested opportunity for a 10 min break after 1 hour of class time within the 2-hour lecture time.
Recommendation
A scheduled break between content and practice elements of the material will be provided.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Synthesise knowledge of contemporary therapeutic approaches, skills, and techniques
  2. Communicate high level, independent judgements regarding client presentations and therapeutic options in culturally responsive ways
  3. Engage in critical self-reflective practice in regard to skills, techniques, and judgements.

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,
  • 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 outcome, and
  • 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 - Practical Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Report
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