This unit builds on work completed in Interventions 1 by further developing students' skills in the assessment, formulation, and treatment of adult and childhood disorders using cognitive and behavioural therapies. The course furthers student competencies in the VU dual-stream training model. Learning will focus on the application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to a range of client problems and disorders, meta-competencies in CBT, and application of CBT to severe mental health disorders including psychosis.

Case presentations will occur to integrate the formal seminars in this unit and the students' fieldwork.

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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 CBT framework;  
  2. Critically reflect on, contextualise, and apply manualised CBT techniques to a client's individual requirements;  
  3. Review, contextualise, and apply CBT to severe and/or complex presentations in child and adult clients;  
  4. Exhibit clinical competencies in the fieldwork setting.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation One therapy case presentation, where case is presented and discussed with class group (25 minutes) 30%
Essay Demonstration of knowledge acquisition: written report to accompany case presentation, indicating knowledge and application of advanced CBT concepts 30%
Portfolio Submission of a case portfolio (Indicative word length: 4000 words) 40%

Required reading

Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders A step-by-step treatment manual 5th Ed
Barlow, D.H. (2014).
New York: Guilford Press.

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