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DPSY6103 - Theories and techniques of intervention part 2

SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Sabura Allen


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit provides an overview of different schools of therapy using an historical approach. The unit provides students with an understanding of the social, religious and scientific context in which different therapies were developed and practiced. Students will be expected to gain sufficient knowledge of a broad range of different therapies to be conversant with the specific assumptions and terminology with apply to such different schools of therapy as the psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioural, behavioural and family. Attention will be paid to the selection and application of particular intervention strategies in the treatment of various clinical problems.


Students completing the unit should be conversant with the specific assumpions, concepts and techniques of the major schools of therapy and have some knowledge of relevant outcome literature. In addition, students should have a thorough understanding of the process common to all forms of intervention. By the end of the unit, students should have proficiency in the particular skills of behavioural and cognitive-behavioural therapies and their application to a range of clinical problems. Students will to be competent in selecting interventions for individuals and monitoring the progress of their application.


Two in-class presentations and two mock therapy sessions on audio-tape.

Contact hours

2 hour seminar per week