This unit builds on work completed in Interventions 1 and Interventions 2 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.

Unit details

Study level:
Postgraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
APC7003

Prerequisites

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

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation One therapy case presentation (30 minutes) 30%
Examination Short and essay answer format exam demonstrating knowledge acquisition (2 hours) 30%
Portfolio Submission of a case portfolio as per the VU Psychology Clinic Manual (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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