PSYCHOL 7136 - Advanced Child & Adult Intervention

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

This unit aims to develop students' skills in professional practice and communication; in evidence-based and cross-cultural (indigenous) practice with adults, children and families. On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills in CBT, other evidence-based intervention and indigenous cultural interventions modalities for adults, children and families, as well as the ability to critically evaluate their own clinical psychology practice. Students will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate an intervention, and to consult, maintain clinical records, and provide written and oral reports. They will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and a commitment to fulfilling, the National Standards for Mental Health workforce and the ethical, professional and legal responsibilities of a practising psychologist.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 7136
    Course Advanced Child & Adult Intervention
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7131
    Restrictions Available to M Psych (Clin) and PhD/MPsych (Clin) students only or by permission of Head of School
    Course Description This unit aims to develop students' skills in professional practice and communication; in evidence-based and cross-cultural (indigenous) practice with adults, children and families.
    On completion of this unit students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and clinical skills in CBT, other evidence-based intervention and indigenous cultural interventions modalities for adults, children and families, as well as the ability to critically evaluate their own clinical psychology practice.
    Students will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate an intervention, and to consult, maintain clinical records, and provide written and oral reports. They will have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of, and a commitment to fulfilling, the National Standards for Mental Health workforce and the ethical, professional and legal responsibilities of a practising psychologist.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Diana Dorstyn

    Additional Academic Staff:
    Dr Linley Denson
    Ph - +61 8313  4128 
    Email - linley.denson@adelaide.edu.au

    Program Administrator:
    Mrs Janine Flory
    Ph - +61 8313 1540
    Email - janine.flory@adelaide.edu.au
    Location: Level 4, Hughes Building
    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 Apply knowledge and clinical skills in the practice and application of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
    2 Demonstrate competence in selecting and conducting an empirically-based intervention for a common psychological disorder
    3 Develop self-awareness of professional performance
    4 Integrate interpersonal counselling skills into clinical practice.
    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1,2,3,4
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,2,3,4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,4
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1,2
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2,3
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1,2,3,4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,2,3,4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Wright, J.H., Basco, M.R., & Thase, M.E. (2006). Learning cognitive-behavior therapy: An illustrated guide. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc: Arlington, VA, USA.
    Recommended Resources
    Guest lecturers will provide additional reading material prior to or at each session
    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 resources such as additional readings
    - Self-directed learning activities

    Link to MyUni:
    https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Lectures will be supported by group discussion related to the lecture content. This will include clinical case scenarios to guide and trouble-shoot the application of different evidence-based treatments (including CBT, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapies), to various disorders across the lifespan.
    Workload

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

    Seminars: 3 hours each week for 12 weeks = 36 hours
    Mid semester exercise: mindfulness SDL practised over 4 week period + group delivery of exercise + written self-report = 20 hours
    Video assessment (includes preparation time & written self-report) = 10 hrs
    Independent reading and supervised practice during Semester 2 clinical placements: up to 90 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lectures will be held weekly on a Tuesday morning from 9 am – 12 noon. The following is a provisional program. The final program will be advised at semester commencement.

    Week Topic Lecture
    Week 1 CBT with children and adolescents Child intervention
    Week 2 Interventions with children in the child protection system Child intervention
    Week 3 The art and science of family therapy Family therapy
    Week 4 Acceptance and commitment therapy Adult intervention
    Week 5 Psychotherapy with clients with psychotic disorders Adult intervention
    Week 6 Psychoanalytic therapies Adult intervention
    Week 7 Neuropsychotherapy Adult intervention
    Week 8 Interpersonal therapy Adult intervention
    Week 9 The use of mindfulness in therapy Adult intervention
    Week 10 Rural psychology and mental health care Adult intervention
    Week 11 Trauma and culture Adult intervention
    Week 12 Indigenous social and emotional wellbeing Child and Adult intervention
    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
  • 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 for the Advanced Child and Adult Intervention Course comprises of two assessment tasks: 1) a practical, video recording of a therapy session in conjunction with a self-evaluation; and 2) a self-directed learning exercise involving the practice and delivery of a mindfulness technique.

    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Self Directed Learning – mindfulness exercise Formative 0 2,3
    Practical assignment (video recording + self rating exercise) Summative 100 1,2,3,4



    Assessment Related Requirements
    Redemption assignments will be set for any missed class, to assist the student in making up the missed learning opportunity.
    Assessment Detail
    The aim of these assessments is provide students’ ongoing feedback to assist in the development of their clinical practice skills.

    The Practical Assignment involves conducting and videotaping 20 minutes of an evidence-based intervention, selected by the student, with a role-played (pseudo) adult ‘client’. Students will also undertake a self-rating of their videotaped therapy segment.

    A self-directed learning activity (SDL) will be set in conjunction with the Mindfulness Lecture. All students are expected to complete and submit the SDL.

    Further details of both assignments will be provided at the commencement of Semester 2.
    Submission
    The practical assignment is to be submitted to the front office, along with a signed cover sheet (available on MyUni) by 4.30pm, 3/11/14.

    The SDL is submitted electronically directly to the Course Coordinator, diana.dorstyn@adelaide.edu.au by 4.30pm, 7th October.

    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.

    Please refer to the Assessment Policy in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Program Handbook: http://health.adelaide.edu.au/psychology/students/resource/handbooksforms.html
    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.

    Students will have the opportunity to resubmit any assessment that receives a fail grade

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

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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