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Clinical Psychology: Working with Health Problems (PSY502)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will introduce students to biopsychosocial models of health from a behavioural medicine perspective. Psychological influences on infectious disease, cardiovascular disease and chronic pain, and the psychological management of these problems, will be addressed.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should:
1. Have some knowledge and understanding of the main perspectives, methodologies, and topic areas within the biopsychosocial model of health psychology
2. Be able to articulate this knowledge in a clinical setting
3. Be able to develop and evaluate psychological interventions to assist in the management of stress-related health conditions
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The aims of this unit are to provide students with a basic understanding of the link between psychological factors and health problems, to provide students with practical skills in presenting material on stress-related health problems, and to prepare students for lifelong learning on stress-related health problems.
Assessment Students will prepare a health-related intervention and documentary (30%), annotated bibliographies (40%), and will sit an end of semester exam (30%). These assessments aim to build skills in consulting and synthesizing the literature on clinical interventions for health-related problems, and to put principles discussed in class into practice. The aim of the end of semester exam is to consolidate the knowledge gained in this unit.
Prerequisites Enrolment in MAppPsych, DPsych or MAppPsych/PhD.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (MAppPsych)
Master of Applied Psychology + Doctor of Philosophy (MAppPsych)+(PhD)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (DPsych)
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.


Unit Coordinator
Professor Peter Drummond
Professor Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2415
e: P.Drummond@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.020 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Professor Peter Drummond
Professor Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2415
e: P.Drummond@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.020 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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