PSYC21003 - Therapy 1: Theory, Research, Practice
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit is part of the sequence of units that culminates in the degree of Master in Clinical Psychology. This unit is intended to provide basic knowledge in therapy research, theory and practice necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. This initial unit will focus on allowing students to develop fundamental skills in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and to develop insight into the range of common and specific factors that shape therapeutic outcomes. A strong emphasis will be placed on the skill of cognitive conceptualisation and the relationship between conceptualisation and treatment planning. The skills and knowldge developed in this unit, in conjunction with the other units offered in Term 1, will provide a basis for commencement of clinical practice.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CG17

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Presentation and Written Assessment 25%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Develop cognitive conceptualisations of common psychological conditions including mood, anxiety and somatoform disorders.
  2. Utilse cognitive conceptualisations to establish structured and effective treatment plans
  3. Demonstrate a range of behavioural and cognitive treatment strategies
  4. Access and critique the research that describes the role of common and specific factors, issues of evidence based practice and practice based evidence, and outcome measures in psychotherapy.

The curriculum of this unit aligns with the APAC College Course approval guidelines for Clinical psychology 1 Interventions and the APAC standards under categories of Knowledge of the Discipline, Ethical, Legal and Professional Matters,Psychological Assessment and Measurement, Intervention Strategies and Communication and Interpersonal Relationships

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Knowledge
2. Communication  
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4. Research    
5. Self-management  
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7. Leadership        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Presentation and Written Assessment  

Prescribed Textbooks

Learning Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. An illustrated Guide
Author/s: Wright, Basco, Thase Year: 2006
Edition: First Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing
City: Washington
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorLeonie Lorien (l.lorien@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

General Overview of Course Structure.

Evidence based for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Principles of CBT

Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 1. Basic Principles of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy.


Please ensure that you have read the core reading prior to class each week. Details provided in Moodle.

Week 2 13-03-2017

The Therapuetic Relationship in CBT

Assessments for CBT

Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 2. The Therapeutic Relationship, and Chapter 3. Assessment and Formulation p45-51.

Core Readings in Moodle

Week 3 20-03-2017

CBT Case Conceptualisation

5 P's Model (Demonstration, Practice, Reflection)

Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 3. Assessment and Formulation p51-61.


Core Readings in Moodle

Week 4 27-03-2017

Structuring and Educating in CBT


Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 4. Struturing and Educating


Core Readings in Moodle

Week 5 03-04-2017 Behavioural Methods I:

Wright et al., (2006).Chapter 6. Behavioral Methods I: Improving Energy, Completing Tasks and Solving Problems.


Core Readings in Moodle
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No Classes Scheduled

Week 6 17-04-2017 In Class Assessment

Cognitive Change Interventions I:

Working with Automatic Thoughts

Wright et al., (2006) Chapter 4. Working with Automatic Thoughts

In Class Formulation Assessment Task. 25% of Grade.

Core Readings in Moodle

Written Assessment Due Thursday (20 Apr 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 7 24-04-2017

Behavioural Methods II:


Wright et al., (2006).Chapter 7. Behavioral Methods II: Reducing Anxiety and Breaking Patterns of Avoidance.


Core Readings in Moodle

Week 8 01-05-2017

Cognitive Interventions II:

Modifying Schemas

Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 8. Modifying Schemas.

Core Readings in Moodle

Week 9 08-05-2017 CBT Skills Assessment and Reflection
Bennett-Levy, Thwaite, Chaddock and Davis (2009). Chapter 7. Reflective Pracice in cognitive behavioural therapy: The engine of lifelong learning. In Rudi & Stedman. Reflective PRactice in Psychotherapy and Counselling (online access)

CBT skills video and critique due. 25% of Grade

Core Readings in Moodle

Presentation and Written Assessment Due Thursday (11 May 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Managing Emotions

Understandind Distress Intolerance Modules. Centre for Clinical Interventions (online resource).

Core Readings in Moodle

Week 11 22-05-2017

Cross Cultrual Adaptions for CBT

Common Problems and Pitfalls in CBT

Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 9. Common Problems and Pitfalls.

Core Readings in Moodle

Week 12 29-05-2017

Treating Chronic, Severe or Complex Disorders

Review
Wright et al., (2006). Chapter 10. Treating Chronic, Severe or Complex Disorders.
Core Readings in Moodle
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

In Class Assessment

In Class Assessment 3hrs.

Written Assessment Due Thursday (08 Jun 17) 09:00 AM AEST
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Students will undertake a 3 hour in class assessment to evaluate aspects of their Knowledge of the Discipline. Students will be provided with 6 topic areas prior to the assessment and will be required to respond to 4 of these topics. This assessment will be worth 50% of the overall course grade.

Assessment Due Date Review/Exam Week Thursday (08-Jun-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
To be handed in following assessment
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Returned directly to students
Weighting 50%
Assessment Criteria

Each question will be allocated equivalent marks (25%) and therefore should be allocated equivalent writing time. It is expected that student would present a 40-45 minute written response to each questions.

Students are reminded that, where relevant, their answers need to be supported by recent research evidence. Apart from teh inclusion of potentially seminal research findings students should focus on peer reviewed research published across the past 5 eyars.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

To be handed in directly to course coordinator.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop cognitive conceptualisations of common psychological conditions including mood, anxiety and somatoform disorders.

2. Utilse cognitive conceptualisations to establish structured and effective treatment plans

3. Demonstrate a range of behavioural and cognitive treatment strategies

4. Access and critique the research that describes the role of common and specific factors, issues of evidence based practice and practice based evidence, and outcome measures in psychotherapy.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

For this assessment you will be required to develop and write up a case formulation from a provided clinical scenario. This assessment will be carried out during class time in Week 6.

Assessment Due Date Week 6 Thursday (20-Apr-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Written assessment handed in to lecturer
Return Date to Students Week 7 Thursday (27-Apr-2017)
Written assessment will be returned to students
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Video 30 minutes | Written response 1 hr. The focus of this assessment will be on your skills in the development of a CBT case formuation. You will be required to watch a video role play and utilise the Wellness Centre intake form to record relevant information under each of the headings provided. You will also be provided with a referral note and DASS scores. Following the video you will be required to provide a written case formulation under the following headings: Predisposing factors, Precipiating factors, Presenting factors (including beliefs, behaviours, affect, somatic), Perpeturating factors, and Potentials.

In addition to this dot point presentation covering the key areas described above, you are required to write a brief (no more than one page) summary of conceptualisation. You will be required to submit your intake form (not graded), dot point formulation (50%) and written case conceptualisation (50%).

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Hard copy

Handed in directly following the in class assessment.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop cognitive conceptualisations of common psychological conditions including mood, anxiety and somatoform disorders.

2. Utilse cognitive conceptualisations to establish structured and effective treatment plans

3. Demonstrate a range of behavioural and cognitive treatment strategies

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility



3 Presentation and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Presentation and Written Assessment
Task Description

Students will be required to develop and submit a 10 minute video demonstrating a key CBT technique appropriate for treatment of the client presented in assessment 1. Students must also submit a short justification of the evidence base for the selected technique and a critque of their implementation of this technique as evidenced on the accompanying video. This written component must not exceed 1000 words This assessment is due by in Week 9 and will represent 25% of the course grade.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Thursday (11-May-2017) 09:00 AM AEST
Video and written critique
Return Date to Students Week 11 Thursday (25-May-2017)
Submissions will be returned to students.
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria will be discussed and made available to students through the moodle site.

Conditions Minimum mark or grade - Pass
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Hard copy

Email submission of materials and uploading of video onto video drive.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Develop cognitive conceptualisations of common psychological conditions including mood, anxiety and somatoform disorders.

2. Utilse cognitive conceptualisations to establish structured and effective treatment plans

3. Demonstrate a range of behavioural and cognitive treatment strategies

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research

5. Self-management

6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility




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