Interventions 1 - Introduction to CBT

Unit code: APC6091 | Study level: Postgraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Nicholson
Footscray Park


This unit will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Students will gain an understanding of the stages and processes of CBT. They will gain experience in the development and application of CBT techniques, including the application of cognitive behavioural formulation and treatment planning in relation to mood and affective presentations across a range of client groups. The completion of this unit is necessary to commence placement at the Victoria University psychology clinic.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Appraise the principles and processes of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theories and interventions;
  2. Formulate client presentation from a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy perspective across diverse client groups;
  3. Justify a treatment plan based on a review of professional literature that examines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy practices; and
  4. Exemplify and apply Cognitive Behavioural Therapy intervention skills.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 30%
Short answer questions on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theories and interventions (Indicative: 1500 words)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 35%
Case formulation and evidence based treatment plan using a cognitive-behavioural approach, based on a set case study (indicative: 1500 words)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 35%
Demonstration of CBT intervention in simulated therapy exercise (15mins)

Required reading

Required readings will be made available on VU Collaborate.

As part of a course

This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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