PSYC21004 - Advanced Clinical Intervention

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, this unit will focus on developing competencies in working with complex presentations 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

Prerequisite: PSYC20058  and PSYC20059 for CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology students. The CM49 Master of Clinical Psychology (Advanced Entry) students do not require these prerequisites.

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 - 2024

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 25%
3. Group Work 25%
4. Presentation 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

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 36.36% 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
The existential methodology combined with reflections from the textbook chapter covered in the week, allowed for activities to be practised in a safe environment while reflecting on what works or does not work well.
Continue use of both practical and static learning in lectures.
Action Taken
The lecturer continued to use both practical and static learning in lectures.
Source: Student feedback
Video submissions instead of written assignments allowed content to be understood and assisted in remaining engaged in the course work. Students liked this assignment format but there were some difficulties with the Moodle submission process.
Continue to use video submissions for assessment tasks and provide additional information to students regarding submission processes for video files.
Action Taken
The lecturer continued to use video submissions for assessment tasks and provided additional information on the submission process to make this easier.
Source: Student feedback to supervisors on internal placement
Students report that having a unit dedicated to learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) allowed them to develop sufficient competency in using ACT to effectively use this intervention on placement.
Consider retaining a significant portion of ACT in PSYC20059, the unit that will replace PSYC21004. Students in the first year of CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology will take the unit PSYC20059 instead of this unit.
Action Taken
Source: Clinical Psychology teaching team.
This unit should extend students' clinical intervention skills in preparation for the registrar program leading to a Psychology Board of Australia Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology.
This unit will focus on skill acquisition for a variety of models of intervention, thereby extending students' ability beyond the CBT and ACT models taught in the first year of study in clinical psychology.
Action Taken
Source: Clinical Psychology teaching team.
The unit name does not reflect the advanced level of the content that will be taught in this unit in the second (final) year of study in clinical psychology.
Rename this unit to become 'Advanced Clinical Interventions' to reflect the advanced level of the content and the unit being taught in the second (final) year of study in clinical psychology.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and demonstrate the appropriate selection and implementation of evidence-based interventions for complex case presentations.
  2. Adjust therapeutic interventions, based on evolving case formulations, for complex presentations, using processes that are responsive to the cultural context.
  3. Apply evidence-based interventions in working with adults with complex case presentations.

The Learning Outcomes for this unit are consistent with the 2019 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 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
3 - Group Work
4 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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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
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