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PSY5145 Intervention Strategies

Semester 1, 2019 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Intervention Strategies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Amy Mullens


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development


There are competencies that students are required to have mastered adequately when commencing supervised practice. This course will allow students to integrate previously learned skills and knowledge regarding intervention strategies, treatment planning, interviewing skills, and the challenges of working with difficult clients.


This course focuses on discipline knowledge and therapeutic competencies required of students before commencing supervised practice in clinical settings. Students will learn and practice different forms of structured clinical interviewing. Building on these, students will learn how to develop an appropriate treatment plan for each case. This course will be offered via compulsory workshops on-campus, and via readings, and assignments.

Attendance at the five on-campus workshops is mandatory. Dates of the five workshops will be according to the 'MPPS Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Conduct theoretical case formulation including utilisation of the following frameworks: CBT, behavioural formulation and functional analysis;
  2. Develop a comprehensive treatment plan using evidence-based treatment options including CBT and Behaviour therapy,
  3. Apply appropriate understanding of culture in intervention work with diverse client groups;
  4. Develop comprehensive treatment plans for specific disorders (e.g., schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders)
  5. Effectively use manualised treatment programs
  6. Apply a strong understanding of factors relevant to working withinworkin inter-professional settings;
  7. Implement effective group treatment including selecting a treatment, selecting clients, assessment and pre-group orientation and treatment delivery;
  8. Implement treatment plans and effectively assess progress in therapy;
  9. Manage treatment resistance and non-compliance, including reflecting on anticipated challenges with delivery of interventions; Effectively evaluate the outcome of an intervention.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Workshop 1: Treatment approaches; and Introduction to Cognitive-behavioural therapy 20.00
2. Workshop 2: Cognitive-behavioural therapy;functional analysis and behaviour therapy 20.00
3. Workshop 3: Using CBT: case formulation and treatment with specific disorders I 20.00
4. Workshop 4: Using CBT: case formulation and treatment with specific disorders II 20.00
5. Workshop 5: Group treatment; therapeutic resistance; other treatment approaches 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
American Psychiatric Association 2010, Evidence-based psychological interventions in the treatment of mental disorders: A literature review, 3rd edn, American Psychiatric Association, Melbourne, VIC.
American Psychiatric Association 2013, Diagnostic and statistical manual of the mental disorders, 5th edn, American Psychiatric Association, Washington DC.
Nezu, AM, Maguth Nezu, C & Cos, TA 2007, 'Case formulation for the behavioural and cognitive therapies', in T.D. Eels (ed.), Handbook of Psychotherapy. Case formulation. (2nd ed., pp. 349-378), Guilford Publications, New York.
Persons, JB & Tompkins, MA 2006, 'Cognitive-behavioural case formulation', in T.D. Eels (ed.), Handbook of Psychotherapy. Case formulation. (2nd ed., pp. 290-316), Guilford Publications, New York.
Castelnuovo, G 2010, Empirically supported treatments in psychotherapy: Towards an evidence-based or evidence-biased psychology in clinical settings? Frontiers in Psychology, July 2010, Article 27.
Other suggested readings to be provided by Course Examiner/Moderator.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 125.00
Workshops 40.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
VIDEOTAPE OF INTERVIEW 25 25 15 Jun 2019 (see note 1)
HOME TEST SHORT ANSWER 50 50 20 Jun 2019 (see note 2)
TREATMENT PLAN 25 25 27 Jun 2019 (see note 3)

  1. A videotaped interview sessions must be submitted over the course of the semester, in which the student must demonstrate his or her ability to conduct a structured and semi-structured clinical interview. Due date is to be advised by Examiner. Dates of Workshops to be advised by examiner. Assessment due 9am at workshop #5.
  2. Dates of Workshops to be advised by examiner. Assessment due 5 days after workshop #5.
  3. Dates of Workshops to be advised by examiner. Assessment due 12 days after workshop #5.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in the five day-long workshops held on-campus, where the skills components of this course will be taught. During these workshops, students will engage in the practice of techniques for a variety of situations. It is the students' responsibility to study all assigned material. If circumstances prevent a student from attending any portion of a workshop, the student must contact the examiner IN ADVANCE, if at all possible. The student must also contact the examiner in order to arrange an alternative activity. This could be a written assignment based on the material covered in the missed workshop. Attendance at and participation in the workshops and/or completion of one or more alternative activities at a standard judged to be appropriate by the examiner is required. Attendance at the five on-campus workshops is mandatory. Dates of the five workshops will be according to the 'MPPS Workshop Schedule' which will be emailed to students at the outset of the program.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for each item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a pass in this course, students must submit each assessment item, and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each assessment item. All courses in the MPPS are approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which requires that students pass all assessment items in all courses. Where a student fails any assignment, the student will be allowed one opportunity to re-submit their work following feedback from the course examiner. If a student fails any assignment a second time, he or she will be deemed to have failed the course and will be required to undertake the course again at its next offering. This rule applies regardless of whether or not the aggregated marks for remaining assessment in a course are higher than 50% overall. To be assured of a pass in this course, students must submit each assessment item, and achieve at least 50% of the weighted marks available for each item.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grade for a student will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no formal examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch an assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the examiner; STUDENTS MUST RETAIN A DATED RECEIPT FROM THE POST OFFICE WHEN POSTING ASSIGNMENTS.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  3. In accordance with the University Policy, the examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances. STUDENTS MUST CONTACT THE EXAMINER DIRECTLY, IN ADVANCE, IN ORDER TO OBTAIN AN EXTENSION.

  4. The Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to email and internet access to UConnect for this course as the course contains electronic elements. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should usethe student computer laboratories. External students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for access to the course site. External students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.