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 the Master of Professional Psychology course.

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023

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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 75% 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 feedback; MPP teaching team
Feedback
Would have liked to have more examples of specific therapeutic techniques.
Recommendation
Additional therapeutic technique/s and role play videos to be added to unit resources.
Action Taken
Direct role plays and demonstration of techniques was provided in class time.
Source: "Have Your Say"
Feedback
Some students indicated they would like more clarity around assessment expectations.
Recommendation
All assessment tasks will be discussed in detail during the lecture in week 1. Students will also have access to detailed marking rubrics and assessment criteria on Moodle in week 1.
Action Taken
This was a focus for the unit this year, and details/rationale for the assessment tasks, and the threads that tie them together were provided in week 1, week 3, week 6 and then again in week 11 during class time.
Source: "Have Your Say"; Feedback to Head of Course
Feedback
Students indicated they really enjoyed the opportunity to learn about a few different therapeutic modalities.
Recommendation
This unit will continue to introduce students to various types of therapy to encourage ongoing professional development.
Action Taken
A diverse range of therapeutic modalities were included in the unit in order to provide a broad professional awareness of the range of approaches that can be used in practice.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
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
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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