Overview

This unit prepares students to confidently undertake counselling assessments, including risk assessments and mental state examinations. Furthermore, students learn to apply key components of evidence-based therapies, including cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology. Students will also learn to critically evaluate the treatment outcome literature and apply this understanding to client issues.

Requisites

Prerequisites
PSC80006 Assessment and Evidence-Based Therapies

Rules

Pre-requisite
Admission into:
GD-COU Graduate Diploma of Counselling
OR
MA-COU Master of Counselling
OR
MA-SSCHSC Master of Social Science (Human Services - Counselling)

Equivalent
HAYC510 - Assessment and Evidence-Based therapies

Teaching periods
Location
Start and end dates
Last self-enrolment date
Census date
Last withdraw without fail date
Results released date
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start and end dates
26-February-2024
26-May-2024
Last self-enrolment date
10-March-2024
Census date
31-March-2024
Last withdraw without fail date
12-April-2024
Results released date
02-July-2024

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  • Conduct an initial assessment interview and develop a case formulation. A treatment plan is also to be developed that is guided by the treatment outcome literature on cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and/or positive psychology
  • Critically evaluate and apply the major theoretical principles of cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology to a range of clients presenting in a counselling context
  • Critically evaluate the treatment outcome research relevant to cognitive-behaviour therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness and positive psychology

Teaching methods

Hawthorn

Type Hours per week Number of weeks Total (number of hours)
Face to Face Contact (Phasing out)
Seminar
3.00 12 weeks 36
Specified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Various
2.50 12 weeks 30
Unspecified Learning Activities (Phasing out)
Independent Learning
7.00 12 weeks 84
TOTAL150

Assessment

Type Task Weighting ULO's
AnalysisIndividual 25% 1,2 
AssessmentGroup 15% 1,2 
Case Study ReportIndividual 60% 2,3 

Content

  • The role of assessment in counselling and an assessment framework
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Positive Psychology

Study resources

Reading materials

A list of reading materials and/or required textbooks will be available in the Unit Outline on Canvas.