PSYC21003 - Therapy I: Theory, Research, Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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, in this unit you will focus on developing competencies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with a strong emphasis on the skill of case conceptualisation and treatment planning.


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 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

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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 25%
2. Presentation 15%
3. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 30%
4. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 60.00% 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: Moodle
There was a clear link between what we learned in class and the work we were doing on placement with clients.
Continue to tailor learning to support the practical application of therapy skills to working with real clients.
Action Taken
Assessments for this Unit were based on a simulated case example (i.e., role play) or case studies to teach intervention skills applicable to working with real clients on placement.
Source: Moodle
Liked the structure of the class, using the structure of a CBT session.
Continue to structure the class, following the structure of a CBT session (from check-in to agenda-setting and feedback/check-out).
Action Taken
As per previous years, the class for this Unit was structured around a CBT session agenda.
Source: Moodle
Instructions on how to convert videos to upload to Moodle would be helpful.
Provide advice on how to convert large video recordings to upload to Moodle.
Action Taken
Based on advise from TaSAC and Head of Course, students uploaded a link to video recordings, rather than trying to upload large video files to Moodle.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Students indicated that they enjoyed the collaborative learning experience and group discussions.
This is the last year that this Unit will be offered. The replacement Unit will be offered online only and have a larger cohort. Therefore, the group work activities will need to be adapted to suit online teaching and larger class size.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and demonstrate appropriate selection and implementation of evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions on the basis of case formulation
  2. Adjust therapeutic interventions, based on an evolving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy case formulation, using processes that are responsive to cultural context
  3. Apply evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions across the lifespan.

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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
4 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8