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PSY4513 - Behaviour change interventions for practitioners

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr J Gordon


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This unit will focus on the principles and procedures of behaviour modification in changing human behaviour. A range of behaviour change procedures to establish new behaviours, to increase desirable behaviours, and decrease undesirable behaviours will be studied. The characteristics of functional analysis as a bridge between effective assessment and intervention procedures will be considered. Psychological change interventions from behavioural and cognitive-behavioural therapies will be compared and investigated. This unit will also introduce the basic issues in developing behaviour modification programs to change one's own behaviour: a process called self-management.


On completion of this unit students will have a clear understanding of the basic principles underlying behaviour modification, and the procedures to establish new behaviours; studied a range of behaviour change interventions derived from behavioural and cognitive-behavioural therapies; gained applied knowledge and skill development of observational systems and experimental design for the assessment and treatment of problem behaviours; considered key theoretical issues surrounding behavioural modification; and acquired a greater understanding of the social, legal and ethical context of behavioural treatment.


Case Study: Behaviour Change Program (1,500 words): 40%
Essay (2,500 words): 60 %.

Contact hours

2 hours per week lectures for 13 weeks


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