This unit of study will introduce students to the applied practice of psychotherapy. The unit aims to develop students in the foundation skills of evidence-based, non-specific treatment factors, which are common to all streams of therapeutic work. These include core skills for development and maintenance of the therapeutic relationship, managing emotional content, therapeutic structure and the use of supervision as a learning tool.
|1.||Exhibit skills in performing a clinical interview with a simulated client and integrate and interpret information;|
|2.||Explicate, contextualise and translate into practice, intervention skills in non-specific therapy factors;|
|3.||Critically reflect on their own interviewing skills and learning and demonstrate awareness of relevant cultural issues;|
|4.||Assess and communicate risk in relation to self-harm and suicidality.|
|5.||Exhibit skills pertaining to the ethical behaviour of registered psychologists, as outlined in the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics|
|Exercise||Simulated therapy role play demonstrating interviewing and non-specific therapy skills (Indicative word count: 1,500 words).||20%|
|Exercise||Simulated role play demonstrating suicide risk assessment and management plan (Indicative word count: 1,500 words).||20%|
|Case Study||Submission of two (2) written reflective pieces related to the simulated demonstrations (indicative word count 3,000 words)||40%|
|Test||Completion of 50 item multiple choice ethics quiz||20%|
Basic Personal Counselling: A Training Manual for Counsellors 8th ed.
Geldard, D., Geldard, K., & Yin Foo, R., (2017)
Cengage Learning, Australia
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