Basic Interventions

Subject PSYC90006 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours per week for 12 weeks per semester; plus (for clinical and child clinical students only) 6 hours of cognitive therapy tutorials over 12 weeks.
Total Time Commitment: 1.5 hours per week for 12 weeks. Estimated time commitment: (Indication of non-contact time): 54 hours.
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: Completion of undergraduate psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr John Gleeson


Dr John Gleeson
Subject Overview:

This subject provides a variety of learning experiences including lectures, large group discussions, clinical demonstrations, clinical case material, role-plays, and small workgroup practicals. Emphasis is on shared experience and cooperative learning based around the students' shared expertise and the total resources available to the larger group. Within this larger group, students have a variety of backgrounds, interests and professional experiences that provide a rich source of resources; students are encouraged to make use of these resources throughout the component. The component is organised around small workgroups of 4-5 people within which most of the practical work takes place. The workgroups provide feedback and discussion of homework exercises, and provide the opportunity for enactive experiences that are simply not possible in a large class format. In addition, there are large class discussions and the opportunity to share information across workgroups.


On completion of this subject, students should:

  1. Be familiar with and possess practical skills in the implementation of a number of basic evidence-based behavioural and cognitive therapeutic interventions, that will be applicable both individually and in groups;
  2. Be aware of the possible use of basic psychological intervention approaches with a variety of people across a range of problems, disorders and settings;
  3. Understand the historical, theoretical and empirical bases of and support for specific breif interventions approaches;
  4. Be familiar with a range of resource material relevant to implementing basic interventions with clients/patients within a brief intervention framework; and
  5. Possess a basis for continued learning and skill acquisition in the development and delivery of brief interventions.
  1. A hurdle requirement of maintenance of a logbook
  2. An end-of-semester written assignment of 2000 words (80%)
  3. A mid-semester practicum assignment of a (DVD) mock application of a psychological intervention (20%)
Prescribed Texts: Wills, A. (1997) Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Practical Manual and Conceptual Guide, Wiley
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Improved problem identification and problem solving skills

Improved writte,oral and interpersonal communication skills

Improved information integration skills

Related Course(s): Master of Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Child)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)/Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)/Doctor of Philosophy

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