Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy

Subject PSYC90007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours per week for 12 weeks per semester; plus for clinical students only attendance at two 6-hour clinical workshops
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


Enrolment in one of the following Psychology professional training programs, 527CL, 527CN, 080CL, 080CN or MC-PSYCHCS

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completion of APAC approved psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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 programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Assoc Prof Carol Hulbert


Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

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Subject Overview:

This subject provides an opportunity for didactic and experiential learning in cognitive-behavioural treatment models and techniques. Although the prime focus will be on cognitive-behavioural treatments for adult psychological disorders, attention will be paid to other treatment modalities (eg. pharmacological, psychosocial, etc.) where appropriate. Teaching may be composed of a combination of didactic input, class discussions, practical experience and observations.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should:

  1. Understand the basic theoretical concepts and processes which underpin cognitive-behavioural therapeutic practice;
  2. Understand basic assessment, therapeutic approaches and techniques for working with clients presenting with psychological disorders, including depression, anxiety disorders, psychotic and personality disorders, intellectual disability and common relationship issues across the lifespan.
  3. Possess the knowledge base necessary to undertake on placement, under supervision, basic assessment and CBT;
  4. Possess skills in case formulation; and
  5. Possess a basis for understanding basic theoretical concepts, processes and techniques through the critical analysis of case material.
  1. Mid-semester written clinical case formulation of 1250 words (50%)
  2. An end-of-semester written treatment plan of 1250 words (50%)

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:

Advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills

Improved analytic and information integration skills

Appreciation of the complex and multi-determined causality of problems experienced by individuals and groups across the lifespan.

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