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Basic Interventions (PSYC90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90006
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject focusses on the development of knowledge and skills related to basic evidence-based behavioural and cognitive interventions. A range of learning experiences are included: lectures, large group discussions, clinical demonstrations, clinical case material, role-plays, and small workgroup experience. Emphasis is on shared experience and cooperative learning based around the students' shared expertise and the total resources available to the larger group. At the end of semester students will attend a full-day workshop aimed at providing them with further opportunities to practice the skills taught throughout the semester. In addition, students undertake homework tasks which they report and discuss via the subject blogging tool. Finally, there are also large class discussions and the opportunity to share information across workgroups.

Intended learning outcomes


On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the historical, theoretical and empirical bases of and support for specific brief interventions;


On completion of this subject students should demonstrate skills in:

  • Selection, tailoring and implemention of appropriate evidence-based behavioural and cognitive interventions on the basis of an initial case formulation, whether individuals, dyads or carers/dependents.
  • Monitoring outcomes and modifications of a range of behavioural and cognitive interventions with care given to the appropriateness of interventions with a variety of clients across a range of problems, disorders and settings.
  • Evaluation of symptom reduction, therapeutic outcomes, the therapeutic alliance and client progress throughout therapy.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should:

  • Possess a basis for continued learning and skill acquisition in the development and delivery of brief interventions and more complex psychotherapeutic interventions.

Generic skills

Improved problem identification and problem solving skills

Improved written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Improved information integration skills

Last updated: 24 August 2019