EDF5531 - Cognitive behaviour therapies - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Michael Di Mattia


Phil Chittleborough (Clayton)
Brett Furlonger (Hong Kong, Singapore)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (Flexible)

Hong Kong



Must be enrolled in course owned by Faculty of Education.


This unit presents students with in-depth knowledge about a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies including cognitive therapy, rational emotive behaviour therapy, behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, reality therapy, dialectic behaviour therapy and solution-focused therapy. Throughout the unit students draw on their current or previous clinical professional experience as they develop understandings of these models and their view of the individual and his/her symptoms. The strengths and limitations of each counselling approach are critically examined. The role of the counsellor within each therapeutic approach is contrasted and analysed.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify the features of a range of contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies
  2. critically evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of each cognitive behavioural therapy counselling approach with reference to current research findings
  3. compare the philosophical basis of a well established therapy with a 'third-wave' therapy
  4. apply the skills of cognitive, reality and behavioural therapies in counselling role plays
  5. develop a case conceptualisation using a cognitive behavioural approach
  6. develop a cognitive-behavioural intervention plan.


Class activities equivalent to 20 hours of client contact are recorded in the student's log book of clinical professional experience.


Visual group role play of cognitive behaviour therapies (4000 words, 50%)

Case conceptualisation and intervention plan (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 20 hours on campus classes, 12 hours online classes and 4 hours directed online learning over the semester, or
    • 24 hours directed online learning and 12 hours online classes over the semester
  2. Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:
    • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
    • at least 14 hours of online study per term
  3. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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