Foundations of Psychotherapy

    Unit code: APC6085 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    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. Exhibit skills in performing a clinical interview with a simulated client;
    2. Apply ethical knowledge and cultural awareness to professional psychology practice;
    3. Critically reflect on their own interviewing skills and learning; and
    4. Assess and address risk in relation to self-harm and suicidality.


    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%
    Test assesses knowledge and application of ethical standards (90 minutes)

    Required reading

    Basic personal counselling: A training manual for counsellors
    Geldard, D., Geldard, K., & Yin Foo, R. (2017).| Cengage Learning
    Cognitive behavior therapy: Basics and beyond.
    Beck, J.S. (2021).| The Guilford Press

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