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NUR9008 - Cognitive behavioural therapy for mental health professionals

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Mr Charanjit Singh


Peninsula First semester 2008 (Flexible)


In this unit students will study cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and its techniques used in interaction and counselling of clients with psychological and or mental health disorders. The unit will include analysis of the theoretical underpinnings and major concepts of CBT and its techniques in clinical application. Students will develop a greater self awareness through the development of their own unique approaches to psychotherapeutic interaction using CBT with their clients, within their own clinical and cultural environment.


On completion of the unit students are expected to:

  1. Demonstrate acquisition an application of skills and knowledge required for effective psychotherapeutic interaction using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT);
  2. Plan interventions and establish goals to meet the needs of the client within a CBT framework;
  3. Critically analyse a variety of approaches to CBT;
  4. Develop a greater awareness of self and the ways in which personal attributes affect interaction with clients and others;
  5. Practice the relevant skills of CBT in a variety of clinical settings;
  6. Discuss a range of contemporary issues in CBT and its techniques;
  7. Critically appraise the evidence available regarding the efficacy of CBT in a variety of setting and with a variety of different client groups;
  8. Optimise the opportunity as health professionals to enhance their clinical skills when working with consumers and carers;
  9. Develop an understanding of cultural psychosocial aspects which may influence the use of CBT within the health professionals role;


Online discussion (40%)
Written assignment (60%)

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