SCU OnlineStudy Period 1Study Period 1

Unit description

Learners develop deeper knowledge of psychological approaches and models of understanding that influence consumers undertaking constructive change that supports recovery. Learners will critically deconstruct the concepts around behaviour change within the context of their professional discipline. Motivational Interviewing strategies that resonate with co-constructed change between consumer and clinician will underpin the unit.

Unit content

  • Behaviour change as a construct
  • Influences of mental health complications on human behaviour
  • Neurophysiology and behaviour change
  • Motivation and behaviour change
  • Motivational Interviewing    

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • Miller, WR & Rollnick, S, 2013, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, NY, Guilford Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning (6 wks)
Recorded motivational interview and reflection50%
Online Quiz10%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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