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PSY8045 Clinical Intervention

Semester 1, 2020 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Clinical Intervention
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: Zahra Izadikhah


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPCL

Other requisites

Students enrolled in the DPCL or MPCL program MUST enrol in the TOOWOOMBA offer of this course.


The practitioner addressing psychological problems requires a broad understanding of therapeutic methods that have been demonstrated to be effective within mental health contexts. This course critically reviews the research literature on clinical interventions that reduce the psychological impact of mental illness and maximise well-being. It develops students’ competencies to plan and implement cognitive behavioural interventions for psychological disorders.


This course addresses principles and practice of supportive cognitive behaviour therapy in relation to common psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and stress. This material will be presented and role-played through practical skill development workshops. The skill level of individual students will be assessed using DVD sessions.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate competencies as identified by APAC Standards and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists . They should be able to:

  1. design and implement individual psychological interventions using evidence based techniques;
  2. demonstrate knowledge of major theoretical frameworks driving the intervention techniques;
  3. display competence in the use of both cognitive and behavioural techniques shown in the literature to be effective mechanisms for change;
  4. show competence in adapting cognitive behavioural techniques across a range of people according to their age, gender and cultural sensitivities;
  5. demonstrate proficiency in professional communications with clients and colleagues through writing and presenting reports of intervention plans and outcomes;
  6. effectively review outcomes of psychological interventions.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Therapeutic relationship microskills, assessment and formulation in the clinical setting 20.00
2. Behavioural and cognitive interventions in the treatment of anxiety, stress and depression with research evidence of their effectiveness 30.00
3. Cognitive strategies in working with automatic thoughts and beliefs in the treatment of anxiety and depression and the evidence base for their effectiveness 30.00
4. Treating chronic, severe and complex psychological disorders 10.00
5. Writing and presenting intervention case studies 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Beck, JS 2011, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Basics and Beyond, 2nd edn, The Guilford Press, US.
Wright, J.H., Basco, M.R., Thase, M.E 2017, Learning cognitive-behavior therapy: An illustrated guide, 2nd edn, American Psychiatric Publishing Inc, Arlington.

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.
Alladin, A 2016, Integrative CBT for Anxiety Disorders, John Wiley & Sons.
Beck, SJ 2011, Cognitive Therapy for Challenging Problems: What to Do When the Basics Don't Work, Guilford Publications, US.
Bennett-Levy, J., Thwaites, R., Haarhoff, B., & Helen Perry, H 2015, Experiencing CBT from the Inside Out: A Self-Practice/Self-Reflection Workbook for Therapists, Guilford Publications, US.
Douglas B, Woolfe R, Strawbridge S, Kasket, E & Galbraith, V 2016, The handbook of Counselling Psychology, 4th edn, Sage Publication Ltd.
Eells, Tracy D 2015, Psychotherapy Case Formulation, American Psychological Association, US.
Granvold, DK 1994, Cognitive and behavioral treatment: methods and applications, Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA.
Hofmann SG & Reinecke MA 2010, Cognitive-behavioral therapy with adults. A guide to empirically-informed assessment and intervention, Cambridge University Press, New York.
Kennerley, H,, Westbrook, D. A., & Kirk, J 2016, An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Skills and Applications, 3rd edn, Sage Publications, UK.
Llewellyn, S & Kennedy, P 2003, Handbook of clinical health psychology, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, England.
Nathan, P & Gorman, J (eds) 2015, A guide to treatments that work, 4th edn, Oxford University Press, New York.
Psychological Assessment and Case Conceptualization 2015, DVD, American Psychological Association, US.
Simos, G 2002, Cognitive behaviour therapy: a guide for the practising clinician, Brunner-Routledge, London.
Simos, G, Hofmann, S 2013, CBT for Anxiety Disorders: A practitioner book, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Skinner V, Wrycraft, N 2014, CBT Fundamentals, Theory and Cases, Open University Press.
Tarrier, N & Johnson, J 2015, Case Formulation in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: the Treatment of Challenging and Complex Cases, 2nd edn, Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Trower, P, Jones, J, Dryden, W 2016, Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Action, 3rd edn, SAGE Publication Ltd.
Turkat, I 1985, Behavioral Case Formulation, Springer-Verlag Inc, New York, US.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 30.00
Private Study 30.00
Tutorials 48.00
Workshops 60.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
3 VIDEOTAPES OF THERAPY 3 3 25 Feb 2020 (see note 1)
IN-CLASS TEST 50 50 25 Feb 2020 (see note 2)
TREATMENT PLAN CRITICAL REVIEW 45 45 25 Feb 2020 (see note 3)

  1. At least three recordings of therapeutic strategies must be submitted for assessment and feedback through the semester on a resubmit basis until competence is demonstrated.
  2. The in-class test takes place during the last workshop. Due date is to be advised by Examiner.
  3. A formal intervention plan of 8 sessions of a therapeutic model will be designed by the student to assist a client The plan must present a full formulation of the presenting problem from the perspective of the therapeutic model chosen , consideration of possible therapeutic alliance challenges particular to this clientand an outline of a possible schedule of 8 therapy sessions. This plan should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    To ensure that students can satisfy the objectives of the practical component of the unit, attendance at all workshops for this course is compulsory. The intervention skills component of this course will be taught in three, two day workshops held on campus. During these workshops students will engage in practice of intervention techniques with respect to a range of health problems. Attendance at the workshops is compulsory.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the In-class test and the treatment plan satisfactorily students must obtain at least 70% proficiency in the assessment. To complete the three videos of therapy satisfactorily, students must obtain 100% of the marks available for that 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 receiving a passing grade a student must attempt and pass all the pieces of assessments. Successful completion of the course will require achieving 100% in the video tapes of therapy assessment, 70% proficiency in the in class test, and treatment plan assessment and give a presentation on a case study.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Final grades for students will be determined by the addition of the marks obtained in each assessment item, weighted as in the Assessment Details.

  6. Examination information:
    An exam (held as an in-class test) will be held in the final workshop requiring students to critically analyse and plan treatment for a clinical case study.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  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

Other requirements

  1. Students will require regular access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

Date printed 19 June 2020