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PSYP8903 – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Related Techniques

2021 – Session 1, Intensive attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Julie Boulis
Joanne Earl
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MProfPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit provides theory and skills training in two psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for which empirical evidence is considered to be strongest, namely, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Instruction in mindfulness-based treatment approaches, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), is also provided. Efforts are made to ensure that students have the opportunity to observe and practice the application of these different approaches in effecting attitudinal and behavioural change. Students are instructed in the techniques underpinning each modality and are asked to reflect on the similarities and differences between the respective approaches, the sorts of presentations most likely to benefit from each approach, and whether and how these treatments might be integrated with each other and with other treatment approaches.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Integrate and synthesise various key cognitive and behavioural therapy procedures in addressing common psychological disorders.
  • ULO2: Critique empirically supported treatments associated with common needs and concerns presented to psychologists in practice.
  • ULO3: Develop professional skills for interventions and therapeutic programs.
  • ULO4: Design and implement intervention and treatment plans to test hypotheses generated from a client's presenting issues.
  • ULO5: Implement communication skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication.

General Assessment Information

Self-Management Report

Due: TBA Weighting: 50%

Self Management Report 2500 words

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Integrate and synthesise various key cognitive and behavioural therapy procedures in addressing common psychological disorders.
  • Critique empirically supported treatments associated with common needs and concerns presented to psychologists in practice.
  • Develop professional skills for interventions and therapeutic programs.
  • Design and implement intervention and treatment plans to test hypotheses generated from a client's presenting issues.
  • Differentiate and distinguish procedural knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as intervention and treatment approaches.
  • Implement communication skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication.

CBT Live Skills Assessment

Due: TBA Weighting: 50%

Live demonstration of CBT skills

Three hours small group supervision time (four in group, A interviews B, B interviews C, C interviews D, D interviews A). Interviewees: You will be given a scenario to role play when you are being interviewed. 

On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Integrate and synthesise various key cognitive and behavioural therapy procedures in addressing common psychological disorders.
  • Critique empirically supported treatments associated with common needs and concerns presented to psychologists in practice.
  • Develop professional skills for interventions and therapeutic programs.
  • Design and implement intervention and treatment plans to test hypotheses generated from a client's presenting issues.
  • Differentiate and distinguish procedural knowledge of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as intervention and treatment approaches.
  • Implement communication skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Self- managed report 50% No TBA
CBT Live Skills Assessment 50% No TBA

Self- managed report

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 48 hours
Due: TBA
Weighting: 50%

This assignment should be viewed as a self- monitoring/self-management task, selecting a behavioural aspect for development as a psychologist and designing an intervention plan to effect change. - 2500 words


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Integrate and synthesise various key cognitive and behavioural therapy procedures in addressing common psychological disorders.
  • Critique empirically supported treatments associated with common needs and concerns presented to psychologists in practice.
  • Implement communication skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication.

CBT Live Skills Assessment

Assessment Type 1: Clinical performance evaluation
Indicative Time on Task 2: 48 hours
Due: TBA
Weighting: 50%

Demonstrate CBT Skills in response to a vignette provided during the assessment.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Develop professional skills for interventions and therapeutic programs.
  • Design and implement intervention and treatment plans to test hypotheses generated from a client's presenting issues.
  • Implement communication skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

The unit is comprised of lectures and workshops. 

If more than one workshop per unit is missed, then the student is at risk of being excluded and university rules may apply.

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