Advanced Clinical Practice

Subject SCWK90032 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

May, 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Intensive = 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

24 hours

Prerequisites: Selection into the MSW - Health (course work only) or the Master of Advanced Social Work.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who think their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Lynette Joubert


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Subject Overview: The aim of this subject is to enhance the theoretical and skill base of advanced psychosocial practice . The content focuses on the strategies laid down by the Better Access initiative through the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).
Intervention strategies taught will include the following:
1. Psycho-education (including motivational interviewing)
2. Cognitive-behavioural Therapy including:
• Behavioural interventions (Behaviour modification; Exposure techniques; Activity scheduling)
• Cognitive interventions (Cognitive therapy)
3. Relaxation strategies (Progressive muscle relaxation; Controlled breathing)
4. Skills training (Problem solving skills and training; Anger management; Social skills training; Communication training; Stress management; Parent management training)
5. Interpersonal Therapy (especially for depression)

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:
• Gain an extended theoretical understanding of and skills in advanced psychosocial interventions.

Assessment: A written assignment totalling 5000 words (100%) - due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

On completion of this subject students should be able to:
• critically analyse and integrate the core elements of key theoretical models of advanced psychosocial practice;
• think creatively about their practice with clients in the health and mental health field in relation to advanced models of psychosocial intervention.

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