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Unit description

Develops an understanding of common factors in psychotherapy and how these may be usefully employed in mental health practice settings. Develops knowledge and capabilities in evidenced based psychotherapeutic practices including the application of focused psychological strategies for people experiencing high prevalence mental health problems. Develops case formulations based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) theory and plans and can delivery basic CBT informed interventions. Understands, utilises and recommends mindfulness practices appropriately to enhance health and wellbeing. 

Unit content

  • Core therapeutic skills
  • Common factors in psychotherapy outcome research
  • The therapeutic alliance and key components
  • Mindfulness, its purpose and application in a range of settings
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) theory and formulation
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy theory (DBT) practices and principles
  • Schema therapy its basic principles
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) theory and practices
  • The application of focused psychological strategies for high prevalence mental health problems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1demonstrate a critical understanding of how common or nonspecific factors such as therapeutic rapport and alliance contribute to positive outcomes in mental health practice
2critically describe the underpinning assumptions, theory and practice of mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy
3compare and contrast compare common therapeutic models, approaches and schools of psychotherapy
4apply focused psychological strategies and psychotherapy informed principles in the treatment of people with high prevalence mental health problems

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of how common or nonspecific factors such as therapeutic rapport and alliance contribute to positive outcomes in mental health practice
  2. critically describe the underpinning assumptions, theory and practice of mindfulness and cognitive behaviour therapy
  3. compare and contrast compare common therapeutic models, approaches and schools of psychotherapy
  4. apply focused psychological strategies and psychotherapy informed principles in the treatment of people with high prevalence mental health problems

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Assessment
Essay comparing and contrasting psychotherapies45%
Report and critique of a cognitive behavioural intervention45%
Quiz10%
Notice

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Fee information

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