This unit of study develops students' knowledge base and conceptual abilities in the principles and practice of key psychological interventions. The unit focusses on the application of psychological intervention, and how it is used in the formulation of  psychological problems. The unit places a special emphasis on the cultural appropriateness of interviewing and intervention strategies.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise the principles that underpin psychological interventions;  
  2. Demonstrate interpersonal communication and interview skills at a pre-professional competency level;  
  3. Identify and critique a range of professional literature that examines psychological intervention in various cultural contexts; and  
  4. Critically review the application of a chosen intervention in a counselling role play.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Reflection on recorded psychological intervention (1000 words). 20%
Literature Review Review of professional literature that examines psychological intervention in different cultural contexts (1800 words) 40%
Case Study Practical assignment: Recorded role play session demonstrating appropriate interpersonal skills in applying a psychological intervention (15mins). 40%

Required reading

Learning cognitive behaviour therapy: An illustrated guide 2nd ed.
Wright, J.H., Brown, G.K., Thase, M.E. and Ramirez Basco, M. (2017)
Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing

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