Foundations of Psychotherapy

Unit code: APC6085 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


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 therapeutic orientations. In an ethically appropriate way, 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.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Exemplify skills in performing a clinical interview with a simulated client;
  2. Distil ethical knowledge and cultural awareness as it applies to professional psychology practice;
  3. Critically reflect on their own interviewing skills and learning;
  4. Assess and articulate risk in relation to self-harm and suicidality; and
  5. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 20%
Risk assessment case study (1000 words)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 40%
Simulated role play demonstrating foundation counselling skills and reflective practice (15mins)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 40%
Multiple-choice test to assess knowledge and application of ethical standards (90 minutes)
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

Basic personal counselling: A training manual for counsellors
Geldard, D., Geldard, K., & Yin Foo, R. (2022).| Cengage Learning
Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond.
Beck, J.S. (2021).| The Guilford Press

As part of a course

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