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PSYO8904 – Counselling and Mental Health in Organisations

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 Lecturer
Monique Crane
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4 First Walk, Level 5, Room 509
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Lecturer
Samantha Falon
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4 First Walk, Level 4, Room 403
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Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to MOrgPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

Organisations are increasingly becoming involved in the mental health and wellbeing of employees. It is likely that this is a consequence of two central factors: (1) community pressure for organisations to take greater responsibility for employee mental health (as is the case for physical health), and (2) ensuring performance in a competitive commercial climate. Thus, organisational psychologist may find the requirement to blend their knowledge of organisational behaviour with knowledge of mental health as it relates to the workplace. This unit aims to provide Masters students in Organisational psychology with a basic understanding of counselling techniques, suicide-risk assessment, common psychopathology and intervention strategies and their relevance to practice within organisations.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  • ULO1: Demonstrate a working knowledge of theories and models of workplace stress.
  • ULO2: Develop a structured interviewing protocol.
  • ULO3: Formulate hypotheses about organisational problems relating to employee mental health.
  • ULO4: Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and classification systems through selection and application of diagnostic tools.
  • ULO5: Design psychological interventions using the appropriate theories and models.
  • ULO6: Demonstrate an appreciation of legal, professional, sexual and cultural issues in the workplace.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Interview Schedule 50% No 9/04/2021, 5pm
Treatment plan 50% No 21/05/2021

Interview Schedule

Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 44 hours
Due: 9/04/2021, 5pm
Weighting: 50%

Development of an interview protocol for case formulation of a workplace well-being problem 2000 words


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of theories and models of workplace stress.
  • Develop a structured interviewing protocol.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and classification systems through selection and application of diagnostic tools.
  • Design psychological interventions using the appropriate theories and models.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of legal, professional, sexual and cultural issues in the workplace.

Treatment plan

Assessment Type 1: Case study/analysis
Indicative Time on Task 2: 44 hours
Due: 21/05/2021
Weighting: 50%

Produce a 10 session treatment plan for the client displayed in the vignette – up to 2000 words


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Formulate hypotheses about organisational problems relating to employee mental health.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and classification systems through selection and application of diagnostic tools.
  • Design psychological interventions using the appropriate theories and models.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of legal, professional, sexual and cultural issues in the workplace.

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

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This unit will involve: online lectures, online activities, weekly reading and face-to-face workshops

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