1 x 3-day intensive workshop once-only
1 x 95-hour independent study per semester
1 x 2.5-hour on-line exercises fortnightly
1 Admission into GCCBT-Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1a Admission into GDPCBT-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1b Admission into MCBT-Master of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
1c Admission into GDPBHC-Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Health Counselling
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c))
Enrolment not permitted
MHSC8003A has been successfully completed
Clinical documentation and critiques of clinical sessions, attendance and participation in intensive workshop, essay, clinical supervisor endorsement.
Topic description

The topic provides each student with the fundamental practice principles underpinning cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). The topic is delivered as an intensive workshop and online modules. The content includes medico-legal considerations, ethics in counselling and psychotherapy, and stepped-care models in mental health. Also included is clinical supervision, case formulations and behavioural activation.

Educational aims

This topic aims to offer students applied learning opportunities that ensure fundamental principles underpinning cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) are recognised and demonstrated. Students will gain a clear understanding of a stepped-care approach to cognitive and behavioural assessment and interventions guided by evidence-based models of care. Particular consideration is given to clinical supervision frameworks and reflective practice principles.

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

  1. Demonstrate competencies in producing a range of clinical documentation that is professional, accurate, informed and in line with best practice standards within an Australian medico-legal framework
  2. Critique and evaluate clinical sessions for fidelity to a cognitive behaviour therapy model
  3. Recognise the values and principals of clinical supervision and reflective practice
  4. Differentiate between cognitive and behavioural therapy interventions
  5. Operate within a professional and ethical framework that aligns with an interdisciplinary mental health context
  6. Apply behavioural activation strategies for depression within a supervisory relationship

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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Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.