EDF5545 - Cognitive behaviour therapy - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Chief examiner(s)

Low Jia Liang


Low Jia Liang

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)
  • Summer semester A 2018 (On-campus)


Enrolment in D6006 MProfCouns


This unit presents students with 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. Students develop an understanding of these models and their application. The strengths and limitations of each approach are re-examined, and the role of the counsellor within each therapeutic approach is reviewed.


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

  1. identify the features of selected contemporary cognitive behavioural therapies
  2. evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of selected cognitive behavioural therapy approaches with reference to current research findings
  3. compare the philosophical basis of an established therapy within the 'third-wave' of therapy
  4. apply cognitive, reality and behavioural therapies in counselling role plays
  5. develop a case conceptualisation using a cognitive behavioural approach


20 hours of face to face client contact


Visual group role-play of cognitive behaviour therapies form (2000 words, 50%)

Case conceptualisation (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • Equivalent to 36 hours of engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • Independent study to make up the required minimum hours during the semester.

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