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PSYC21003 - Therapy 1: Theory, Research, Practice

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit is part of the sequence of units that culminates in the degree of Master in Clinical Psychology. This unit is intended to provide you with the basic knowledge in therapy research, theory and practice necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. The skills and knowledge developed in this unit, in conjunction with the other units offered in Term 1, will provide you with a basis for commencement of clinical practice. Specifically, this initial unit will focus on allowing you to develop fundamental skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and to develop insight into the range of common and specific factors that shape therapeutic outcomes. A strong emphasis will be placed on the skill of cognitive conceptualisation and the relationship between conceptualisation and treatment planning.

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

Academic Course = CG17

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 3 - 2019

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Rockhampton
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Rockhampton

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 50%
2. Presentation 25%
3. Examination 25%

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 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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 student evaluations
Feedback
Students liked the structure of classes (based on the structure of a typical Cognitive Behavioural Therapy session) including time for interactive discussion.
Recommendation
Retain the structure of classes with check-in, the bridge between sessions, session agenda, summary, feedback and check-out.
Action Taken
The CBT structure of classes was retained.
Source: Have your say student evaluations
Feedback
Students appreciated the in-depth feedback provided with each assessment.
Recommendation
Continue to provide timely and detailed assessment feedback in relation to assessment items.
Action Taken
The provision of timely and detailed assessment feedback was continued.
Source: Have your say student evaluations
Feedback
Students thought that the weighting of the final assessment (presentation) should be adjusted to reflect the preparation required.
Recommendation
The final assessment (student presentation) will be reviewed and adjusted to ensure it is reflective of the stated weighting.
Action Taken
The final assessment was reviewed and adjusted to reflect the weighting.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
There was a clear link between what we learned in class and the work we were doing on placement with clients.
Recommendation
Continue to tailor learning to support the practical application of therapy skills to working with real clients.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Liked the structure of the class, using the structure of a CBT session.
Recommendation
Continue to structure the class, following the structure of a CBT session (from check-in to agenda-setting and feedback/check-out).
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle
Feedback
Instructions on how to convert videos to upload to Moodle would be helpful.
Recommendation
Provide advice on how to convert large video recordings to upload to Moodle.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop cognitive conceptualisations of common psychological conditions including mood, anxiety and somatoform disorders.
  2. Utilse cognitive conceptualisations to develop and establish structured and effective treatment plans
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of behavioural and cognitive treatment strategies
  4. Access and critique the research that describes the role of common and specific factors and issues around evidence based practice in psychotherapy.
  5. Reflect critically on therapeutic practice as a way of improving as a learner and as a clinical psychologist.

The curriculum of this unit aligns with the APAC College Course approval guidelines for Clinical psychology 1 Interventions and the APAC standards under categories of Knowledge of the Discipline, Ethical, Legal and Professional Matters,Psychological Assessment and Measurement, Intervention Strategies and Communication and Interpersonal Relationships

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Examination