PSYCHOL 7131 - Interviewing & Intervention

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2021

This course aims to develop students' skills in interviewing and counselling clients and conducting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), through observing, discussing and practising techniques in class, using a model of evidence-based practice. On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in interviewing, counselling and CBT.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7131
    Course Interviewing & Intervention
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Summer
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 15 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M Psych (Clin) and PhD/MPsych(Clin) students only or by permission of Head of School
    Course Description This course aims to develop students' skills in interviewing and counselling clients and conducting cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), through observing, discussing and practising techniques in class, using a model of evidence-based practice. On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in interviewing, counselling and CBT.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Diana Dorstyn

    Additional Academic Staff:
    Diana Dorstyn: Ph - +61 8313 0649; Email -

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1.    Demonstrate competence in interviewing and counselling skills.
    2.    Demonstrate competence in conducting an initial interview with children and adults.
    3.    Demonstrate knowledge of the essential components of a mental status examination
    4.    Demonstrate knowledge of and key skills in conducting risk assessments and motivational interviewing
    5.    Demonstrate knowledge of conducting a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy intervention.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Sommers-Flanagan, J. & Sommers-Flanagan, R. (2017). Clinical Interviewing, 6th Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, USA.

    Wright, J.H., Basco, M.R., & Thase, M.E. (2017). Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An illustrated guide, 2nd ed. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.: Arlington, VA, USA.

    Recommended Resources
    The Library is a major resource centre for students. Their website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.

    For additional information please refer to the relevant information on MyUni/Canvas
    Online Learning
    This course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:

    - Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
    - Submission of assessment
    - Access to lecture material and resources such as additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities

    Link to MyUni:

    Further information regarding this course is available in the relevant Master of Psychology program handbook at the following link:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-to-face interactive seminars and small group skills practice.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with course requirements.

    Seminars: 36 hours  (12 sessions at 3 hours each)
    Self-directed learning: 36 hours
    Independent reading: 70 hours
    Assignment (includes preparation time): 12 hours

    Learning Activities Summary
    Mental Status examination and risk assessment
    Day Topic
    Day 1 Introduction to counselling
    Day 2 Introduction to counselling
    Day 3 Mental Status Examination
    Day 4 Motivational Interviewing (part 1)
    Day 5 Motivational Interviewing (part 2)
    Day 6 The Initial Interview
    Day 7 Suicide Risk Assessment
    Day 8 Introduction to CBT (part 1)
    Day 9 Interviewing Children
    Day 10 Introduction to CBT (part 2)
    This program is provisional and subject to change.
    Specific Course Requirements
    On the initial enrolment into one of the Master’s program, all students (unless already a Registered Psychologist) MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.  All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice. The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website:  Students will not be able to pass Interviewing and Intervention until they have submitted evidence of provisional registration and completion of online university OH&S training.

    Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Suicide risk assessment (in class exercise) Summative 30 3,4
    Initial interview video role play assessment and review Summative 70 1,2,5
    Assessment Detail
    The course is examined by a 20-minute role played initial interview. A video recording of the interview is reviewed and assessed by the student and by the course coordinator.

    A self-directed suicide risk assessment of a clinical scenario will be undertaken in class, as a group exercise

    For further information please refer to the relevant course information on MyUni/Canvas
    The self-directed assessment tasks are submitted to the course coordinator electronically via My Uni.

    The role played initial interview assessment is submitted as a hard copy self-assessment of the interview together with a video recording to the course coordinator.

    These assessment tasks may be resubmitted if unsatisfactory.

    The School of Psychology undertakes to adhere to the University’s Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy, Procedure 6a, which requires that assessments are returned within 4 weeks of the deadlines for submission.

    Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time.

    No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.

    For further information re the Assessment Policy please refer to the University website
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing
    FNS Fail No Submission
    NFE No Formal Examination
    F Fail
    NGP Non Graded Pass
    P Pass
    C Credit
    D Distinction
    HD High Distinction
    RP Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Assignments are graded by NGP.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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