1 x 3-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into MPSC-Master of Psychology (Clinical)
1a Admission into PHDCP-Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
2 PSYC9210 - Foundations in Psychological Practice
3 PSYC9035 - Psychological Assessment
3a PSYC9036 - Psychological Assessment
Must Satisfy: ((1 or 1a) and 2 and (3 or 3a))
Enrolment not permitted
PSYC9051 has been successfully completed
Topic description

Cognitive-behaviour therapy is the perspective of choice when providing an introduction to psychotherapy in clinical psychology because the cognitive-behavioural perspective is consistent with the foundation principles of the scientist-practitioner model. The disorders of anxiety, depression and emotional responses to traumatic events will be reviewed because they are the most common in clinical practice and because many of the techniques used when treating anxiety and depression are also applicable to other disorders. A number of cognitive and behavioural techniques will be reviewed, along with the techniques involved in conducting an initial interview using the cognitive-behaviour perspective. Students will also need to be acquainted with the literature concerning the effectiveness of cognitive-behaviour therapy when used to treat anxiety and depression. Another aspect of the topic involves a review of considerations regarding ethical behaviour, confidentiality and professional conduct in clinical practice.

Educational aims

This topic aims to introduce students to the basics of cognitive-behaviour therapy in clinical practice.

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

  1. Understand and explain the nature of the scientist-practitioner model
  2. Discuss the development of cognitive and behavioural therapies
  3. Identify the interventions used with each of the anxiety and depressive disorders
  4. Report on the effectiveness of CBT for anxiety and depression based on the literature
  5. Apply basic skills required for cognitive-behaviour therapy (e.g., clinical assessment, cognitive therapy techniques, behavioural therapy techniques)
  6. Develop basic case formulations of client presentations
  7. Identify and discuss issues concerning ethical practice, confidentiality and professional conduct