The USC postgraduate psychology programs is committed to maintaining the primacy of public safety in the delivery of the program within the education and placement environments. This course extends your previous studies in psychopathology and focuses on acquiring advanced knowledge of the aetiological and maintenance factors involved in psychological disorders, their clinical presentation, methods of assessment, and appropriate evidence-based therapeutic interventions I.e., Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). You will also develop advanced knowledge of and skills in using major diagnostic classification systems and theories underlying the major psychological disorders. Ethical, professional and legal issues will be addressed as they arise.
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 3 hours||3hrs||Week 1||13 times|
Behavioural experiments & cognitive techniques
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT assessment and formulation skills
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Show strong knowledge of and skills in accessing the published empirical findings regarding psychological theories and models for a range of adult psychological disorders.||
Creative and critical thinker
|2||Show competency, knowledge of and skills in the use of the major methods of diagnostic and assessment procedures.||
Creative and critical thinker
|3||Show competency, knowledge of and skills in designing and implementing appropriate evidence-based psychological and pharmacological interventions.||
|4||Show awareness of potential ethical issues involved in practising clinical psychology and understanding of how to use the APS Code of Ethics and its accompanying Guidelines to resolve ethical questions.||
|5||Demonstrate competence in communicating knowledge and skills effectively in writing and through verbal communication||
Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Enrolled in Program AR507, AR702 or AR703
Limited Grading (PNP)
At the beginning of week 4, a 10-item quiz will be held in class using an online format to assess the students' understanding of the course content to date.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|All||1||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||
|Week 7||In Class|
|All||2||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled||Individual||
|Exam Period||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Exam|
Integrate knowledge of clinical presentations within a cognitive behavioural formulation framework.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
Your task is to view a recorded assessment interview in class in examination conditions. As you observe the video, you will need to note down various aspects of the client’s presenting problem based on a cognitive behavioural framework (see below); this will be in the format of a cognitive behavioural formulation. You will be provided with a template to guide you through this process. The template will have sections for the various aspects of the client’s presenting problem that you need to record down (e.g., cognitions). What you detail from observing the recorded interview should make it clear what the presenting issue is and what the maintaining factors are for the client you are observing. The recording will be shown twice.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Exam|
To ensure students meet the required competencies.
|Product:||Examination - not Centrally Scheduled|
For the examination you will be required to answer multiple choice and write short answers to questions based on the material covered in PSY702. The exam will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses, and psychometric assessment for clinical conditions. Your ability to develop theory driven formulations and treatment plans and to use clinical reasoning skills will also be assessed
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Helen Kennerley, Joan Kirk, & David Westbrook||2016||An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy||Third||Sage Publications Limited|
|Required||n/a||2013||Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders||DSM-5||American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated|
|Recommended||Alan Carr & Muireann McNulty||2016||The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology||Second||Routledge|
You are expected to attend all workshops. For any workshops that are missed you will need to demonstrate to your course coordinator that you have covered the required material. This will usually take the form of a detailed summary and reflection of the Directed and Independent Study Activities for the missed workshop.
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Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
This course will be graded as Pass in a Limited Grade Course (PU) or Fail in a Limited Grade Course (UF) as per clause 4.1.3 and 4.1.4 of the Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA) - Institutional Operating Policy of the USC. In a course eligible to use Limited Grades, all assessment items in that course are marked on a Pass/Fail basis and all assessment tasks are required to be passed for a student to successfully complete the course. Supplementary assessment is not available in courses using Limited Grades.
All psychology courses (PSY course codes) have an online formal procedure for applying for an extension on assessment tasks. All extension applications for psychology courses should be made by completing the online form found on Canvas for this course.
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