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Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults (PSY565)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will consist of lectures and seminars covering the assessment, etiology, formulation and treatment of common psychological problems in adults. In addition to teaching a broad conceptual framework, commonly encountered specific disorders will be discussed with an emphasis on developing an understanding of the phenomena from psychological research and the unique experiences of the individual. Topics include anxiety, anger, depression, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The principle objectives of the unit are to:
1. provide a framework for recognising common psychological disorders and their etiology
2. provide a framework for conceptualising adult psychological problems
3. introduce evidence based practice interventions for common psychological disorders in adults
The assessment methods for the unit will assess the extent to which students have achieved these objectives.
Assessment The aim is to develop skills in the presentation and integration of relevant clinical material with research evidence. Each student will be assisted to:
- describe clinical phenomenon in appropriate language including diagnosis
- cite relevant research
- critically appraise your assessments of clients
- develop understanding of the clinical problems you are discussing.
The first assessment piece will test these skills in a written assignment that asks you to formulate and plan an intervention from the material presented by a client in their first therapy session. Following feedback you will be retested in an oral presentation on a different client. Finally the same skill development will then be tested in a closed book exam at the end of semester.
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
Dr Vance Locke
Translational Clinical Researcher

e: Vance.Locke@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Vance Locke
Translational Clinical Researcher

e: Vance.Locke@murdoch.edu.au
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