The Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is a 72-unit program involving coursework, clinical practicums and research. It is offered by the College of Medicine and Public Health.
The course articulates with the 36-unit Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. A student who has completed the Graduate Diploma may be granted credit if admitted into the Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy award.
Except with the permission of the Dean (Education), the course must be completed in no more than eight consecutive semesters.
Applicants must hold an approved undergraduate degree, or hold the Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy from Flinders University or have an equivalent qualification in a health-related area, eg behavioural science, counselling, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology or social work.
However, the Dean (Education) may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
The Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy offers clinical practice and research opportunities in the field of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and other evidence-based therapies for high prevalence psychological disorders. Individuals will complete extensive supervised practicums that offer structured and integrated learning opportunities for advanced skills development. The course aims to provide individuals from diverse health related areas with a comprehensive and innovative learning environment that consolidates expertise in the area of CBT within a competency-based framework.
On completion of the course, students will have met advanced competencies in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and be able to:
- Conduct comprehensive assessments and treatment plans with people with high prevalence psychological and related disorders using an evidence-based CBT framework.
- Integrate valid and reliable clinical tools and measures to guide and inform assessment and treatment interventions with people experiencing psychological disorders.
- Contribute meaningfully to an evolving and changing model of health care both nationally and internationally.
- Combine and deliver a range of evidence-based focused psychological strategies through
supervised, collaborative, client-directed models of care.
- Contribute and apply transdisciplinary research skills in mental health, cognitive behaviour therapy and related fields.
- Practice as a proficient and competent Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.
Program of study
To qualify for the Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, a student must complete 72 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic.
Except with permission of the Dean (Education), the award of a grade of fail (F) on more than one occasion in the same topic may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University's Policy on Student Progress.
Core - Year 1 topics
36 units comprising
MHSC8018 Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychological Disorders (4.5 units)
MHSC8019 Fundamentals of Clinical Practice (4.5 units)
MHSC8020 Theory and Models of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (4.5 units)
MHSC8021 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Psychological Disorders (4.5 units)
MHSC8024 Advanced Theory and Models of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (4.5 units)
MHSC8033 Clinical Practicum 1 – Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (9 units)
MHSC9026 Research Methods in Health (4.5 units)
Core - Year 2 topics
27 units comprising
MHSC9031 Clinical Practicum 2: Extended Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (9 units)
MHSC9032 Clinical Practicum 3: Advanced Applications of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (9 units)
MHSC9033A Research Project A (4.5 units)
MHSC9033B Research Project B (4.5 units)
Option - Year 2 topics
Select 9 units from the topics listed below*:
MHSC8031 Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
MHSC8032 Building Resilience with Young People (4.5 units)
MHSC8111 Managing Chronic Conditions - Self-Management Support Approaches (4.5 units)
MHSC8112 Perspectives on Chronic Diseases Management (4.5 units)
MHSC8116 Client-Centred Health Behaviour Change (4.5 units)
*Or an alternative Flinders University postgraduate topic may be selected with the approval of the Course Coordinator, provided topic prerequisites are met.