DPSY7131 - Advanced clinical psychology: General - 2019

0 points, SCA Band 1, 0.000 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Peter Norton


Associate Professor Nikolaos Kazantzis

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology


The content of seminars will cover the practice of psychological therapies with a sound evidence base. Learning will consolidate existing knowledge of psychopathology and focus on extending this knowledge within a tailored therapeutic approach. Cases will be discussed using conceptualization methods that are problem focused (i.e., presenting symptoms and precipitating/ perpetuating/ predisposing/ protective factors), those that span multiple diagnostic categories, and those that theoretical concepts from treatment models with empirical support (e.g., relationship history, attachment style, core beliefs, schema, rules/ assumptions, and values).

A further focus is the development of advanced therapeutic skills. This unit aims to enable the trainee to use evidence-based interventions guided by case conceptualization methods, emphasizing evidence-based specific (e.g., active collaboration, empiricism, Socratic dialogue) and non-specific elements (e.g., empathy, positive regard, alliance, active client participation, and feedback), and in a manner that is also tailored to client attributes. An emphasis on self-reflection and self-practice will be included throughout.


At the end of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Organize features of cases to construct problem focused, disorder specific, and comprehensive case conceptualizations for complex case presentations;
  2. Assess client strengths and aspects that require special consideration when engaging clients, tailoring therapeutic relationships and interventions;
  3. Create therapeutic environments that foster client engagement during sessions, and that maximize client engagement with between session work;
  4. Construct, deliver, and evaluate comprehensive case presentations including comprehensive case conceptualizations and treatment plans;
  5. Plan tailored therapeutic intervention for clients with severe personality disorders and multiple diagnoses;
  6. Contribute to constructive case consultation;


Group Therapy Proposal (50%)

Self-Practice / Reflection Journal (30%)

Participation (2 x Case Presentations) (10%)

Seminar Discussions (5%)

Case Discussions (5%)

Weekly Learning Tasks, 1 hour in between-session role plays, learning journal (Hurdle)

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