PSYC504 Psychological Interventions with Adults

Updated: 10 January 2019
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
29 April 2019 30 April 2019 Mandatory Mandatory intensive school for all students enrolled in Online Mode Only i.e. students studying the Master of Professional Psychology or students admitted under Rule C to the Master of Psychology (Clinical).
Concurrently with PSYC503.
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in MProfPsych or MPsych(Clin) or PhD(ClinPsych)
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PSYC511
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Gavin Clark (
Unit Description

This unit provides an introduction to psychological interventions employed in the most common adult mental health problems. The main focus is on evidence-based approaches such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, including a variety of specific clinical skills. The empirical literature related to the treatment of these disorders will also be examined.

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders: A Step-By-Step Treatment Manual

ISBN: 9781462513260
Barlow, D.H. (ed), Guilford Publications 5th ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Case Conceptualisation Essay 50% 3500
Assessment Notes

Disorder-specific Intervention and Case Conceptualisation Essay. It is mandatory to pass this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 5

Compulsory Clinical Skills Assessment 20% 2000
Assessment Notes

Assessment of competency in clinical intervention skills during a simulated therapy session. It is mandatory to pass this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 3, 4

Compulsory Take Home Examination 30% 2000
Assessment Notes

It is mandatory to pass this assessment task in order to pass this unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the major schools of psychotherapy and the theoretical and applied differences between them, with the ability to communicate this effectively to others;
  2. analyse and evaluate empirically validated treatments of major psychological disorders;
  3. demonstrate skills in the application of therapeutic techniques used in the treatment of major psychological disorders and problems;
  4. use autonomy and judgement in evaluating and selecting specific psychological interventions and clinical skills in the treatment of psychological problems widely available across disorders; and
  5. apply skills in case conceptualisation and articulate a treatment strategy based on this analysis, that contribute to life-long application in a professional career.