PSYC21004 - Therapy II: 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, this unit will focus on your developing competencies in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, with a strong emphasis on the skill of case 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

Prerequisite: PSYC21003 Therapy I: Theory, Research, Practice 

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
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 25%
2. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (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 via Moodle.
Feedback
The lecture format actively engaged students in learning, through the integration of didactic teaching, roles plays, and class discussions.
Recommendation
Continue current lecture format to engage students.
Action Taken
The lecture format was continued, with additional active therapeutic interventions added to the syllabus in response to previous feedback.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle.
Feedback
Some of the classes ran over time.
Recommendation
Review the content of lectureS and ensure better time keeping with lecture discussions in order to adhere to time limits.
Action Taken
Lecturer ensured content was covered in appropriate timeframe.
Source: Student feedback via Moodle.
Feedback
Emphasising class expectations particularly of reading requirements may be helpful.
Recommendation
Highlight to students the expectations of lectures and necessity of ongoing readings to enhance robust discussions and learnings.
Action Taken
Lecturer reminded students of relevance of reading material and used all reading material in lectures.
Source: Lecturer observation
Feedback
The availability of a zoom link into all teaching sessions enabled students to maintain continuity of lecture attendance even at times when they needed to be off-campus due to other issues, such as maintaining COVID guidelines.
Recommendation
Continue use of zoom availability.
Action Taken
The use of zoom was continued and accessed over the term when needed.
Source: Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
Continue use of both practical and static learning in lectures.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
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.
Recommendation
Continue to use video submissions for assessment tasks and provide additional information to students regarding submission processes for video files.
Action Taken
Nil.
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 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions on the basis of case formulation
  2. Adjust therapeutic interventions, based on an evolving Acceptance and Commitment Therapy case formulation, using processes that are responsive to cultural context
  3. Apply evidence-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions in working with adults.

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 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
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
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
4 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)