This unit complements the work undertaken in Interventions 1, by developing students' skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of adult and childhood disorders using psychodynamic psychotherapy theory and practices. The course furthers student competencies in the Victoria University's clinical training model, which emphasises both cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic interventions. Learning will focus on the application of psychodynamic psychotherapy to a range of client problems and disorders, meta-competencies in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and application of psychodynamic psychotherapy to high prevalence mental health disorders.

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APC6091 - Interventions 1 - Introduction to CBT

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise, plan and implement a course of treatment based on a psychodynamic framework.  
  2. Critically reflect on, contextualise, and apply manualised psychodynamic techniques to a client's individual requirements.  
  3. Critically evaluate client progress and based on the evidence, where necessary revise the intervention plans accordingly.  
  4. Review, contextualise, and apply psychodynamic psychotherapy to presentations in child and adult clients.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Case Study Analysis of a Case Study, including formulation of a diagnosis and treatment plan. (1800 words) 30%
Essay Essay demonstrating knowledge of psychodynamic therapy interventions and change mechanisms (1800 words). 30%
Review Critical review of a psychotherapy session to demonstrate dynamics and intervention suitability (2400 words) 40%

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