1 x 30-hour practical per semester
1 x 3-day intensive workshop once-only
1 x 60-hour independent study per semester
1 x 1.5-hour supervised study fortnightly
1 x 8-hour on-line exercises per semester
1 Admission into GCCBT-Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1a Admission into GDPCBT-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1b Admission into GDPMHS-Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Sciences
1c Admission into MCBT-Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1d Admission into GCBH-Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Health
1e Admission into GDPBHC-Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Health Counselling
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e))
Assumed knowledge
Students are expected to have a general knowledge of national and international models of stepped-care frameworks in the provision of focused psychological therapies for common mental health disorders, with an emphasis on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) models.
Assignment(s); Practical work; Tutorial participation; Tutorial presentation
Topic description

This topic will allow students to investigate the following key aspects of the subject, which is modelled on a standardised national curriculum developed in the UK. The curriculum is divided into four broad areas that encompass Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (LICBT), which are Recognition, Recovery, Respect and Reflection. These are covered more specifically by the following areas - LICBT Protocols for High prevalence psychological disorders: This included mild to moderate psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression; Engagement and assessment techniques based on a CBT functional analysis; Goal setting and client-centred care models requiring a high degree of user collaboration and shared decision making; Guided self-help protocols based on CBT models; LICBT within a biopsychosocial context to allow increased functioning and integration with local community resources and support networks; Non-discriminatory values; Recovery based mental health care and 'normalisation'; Awareness, sensitivity and respect for diversity including culture, gender, race, spirituality and disability; and recognition of multifaceted professional relationships between clients, policy and service provision.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the skills and knowledge required to undertake assessment and treatment interventions using a Low Intensity Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (LICBT) model to inform practice. The topic covers areas related to low intensity interventions within a supervised model of service delivery; broader contextual issues related to health, employment and social determinants of care; and the ethical aspects of providing LICBT. The topic is delivered as an intensive workshop with online modules and supervised practice requirements.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in delivering low intensity interventions using a range of methods including face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication
  2. Distinguish between clients needing LICBT interventions and those who require high intensity CBT (HICBT)
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of key policies, values, cultural, sub-cultural and diversity in the context of LICBT interventions
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of reflective practice frameworks underpinning a LICBT clinical supervision model
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of, and competence in providing evidence-based information about treatment options and collaborative decision-making with clients
  6. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the differences between LICBT and HICBT and referral pathways

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.