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Psychology: Principles and Processes of Interventions (PSY436)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 4
Description This unit covers the application of psychology to facilitating individual, family and organisational change. The unit will draw on the scientific approach that underpins psychology and show how this can be applied in the psychotherapeutic context. The content will cover the importance of the therapeutic alliance, interventions, the role of formulation, and the different measures of outcomes that can be employed.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit students should be able to:
1. Describe and critically appraise the theoretical bases of a variety of approaches to therapeutic interventions for common psychological and behavioural problems.
2. Describe their main principles, strategies and techniques when used with different client populations.
3. Describe how their theoretical perspectives and underlying principles impact upon their conceptualization of clinical cases and the methods and practices they use for assessment and therapeutic intervention.
4. Compare and contrast the variety of approaches presented, highlighting their similarities (e.g., non-medical, non-diagnostic) and differences (e.g., emphasis on changing thinking and feeling versus changing behaviours).
5. Evaluate the efficacy and effectiveness of the variety of approaches when applied in therapeutic interventions for common psychological and behavioural problems by examination of the research literature.
6. Describe and be familiar with the core competencies which guide psychological practise in Australia with an emphasis on the Code of ethics (2007).
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5hours per week. Workshops: 9 x 2 hours per teaching period
Unit Learning Experiences The 2 hour seminar/ workshops will involve a presentation to frame the discussion content and an interactive discussion with the lecturer. The aim of these is to introduce students to the theories and practicalities of various interventions and to help them understand what makes them particularly psychological. Independent reading will be critical for the classes and it will be expected that students are prepared for the discussions.
Assessment There will be three assessments in this unit: 1.) Research Essay: Successful completion of this essay will demonstrate an understanding of the role of science in the practice of psychology. Written feedback will be provided; 2.) Case Study: Successful completion of this assignment will demonstrate an understanding of how psychological research is applied to real-world settings. Written feedback will be provided; and 3.) Closed Book Examination: This will assess your understanding of the broad unit content and will be drawn from the entire unit content.
Prerequisites PSY388 Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour or PSY213 Psychology: Abnormal Behaviour and either BSC302 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or PSY311 Psychology: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods or PSY315 Psychology: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods; OR enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych) OR BA Psych (Hons) OR BPsych (Hons) or Psychology with Honours (BA (Hons)) or Psychology with Honours (BSc (Hons)).
Exclusions Students who have completed PSY436 Advanced Topic E or PSY536 Psychology: Principles and Processes of Psychological Intervention may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Vance Locke
Translational Clinical Researcher

e: Vance.Locke@murdoch.edu.au
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