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Psychology: Principles and Processes of Psychological Intervention (PSY536)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
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: 1.5 hours per week; Workshops: 9 x 2 hours across the semester.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit will involve the use of structured lectures, interactive workshops, and assigned reading. The key knowledge can be captured in the following broad themes: Areas of competency, evidence based practise, multi-disciplinary teams, person-centred approaches, ethics, therapeutic alliance, case formulation, and assessment and outcome measures. The lectures series will invite guest speakers from a range from sub-disciplines of psychology (e.g. clinical, organisational, sport and exercise). The lecture series will rely on the speakers sharing their professional experience. The learning opportunity for the student will be to observe similarities and differences that exist in the broad themes in each of the sub-disciplines. For instance, how can a clinical psychologist be effective in a sport and exercise psychology setting? And, what are the ethical challenges experienced in the various sub-disciplines? The workshop series provides a more interactive learning opportunity. The broad themes will be explored in more detail and learning activities provided. The tutor will provide direction for the conversation; however the focus will be on class discussion and self-reflection. Reading material will be provided to supplement the two core learning activities.
Assessment There will be three assessments in this unit: 1). Essay: Successful completion of this essay will demonstrate an understanding of the areas of competence and how these relate to the practice of psychology. Written feedback will be provided, 2). Case formulation: Successful completion of this assignment will demonstrate an understanding of the case formulation approach. Written feedback will be provided. 3). Closed Book Examination: This will assess your understanding of the broad unit content and will include short answer questions from the entire unit content.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych) G1058, or Psychology with Honours (BA(Hons)) or Psychology with Honours (BSc(Hons))
Exclusions Students who have completed PSY436 Psychology: Principles and Processes of Interventions may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Psychology Honours (BA(Hons))
Psychology Honours (BSc(Hons))
Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
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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KAPLAN-SGP: S2-Internal
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Vance Locke
Translational Clinical Researcher

e: Vance.Locke@murdoch.edu.au
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