GEN PRAC 7003 - Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2016

This course will introduce students to Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment suitable for use with a variety of mental health disorders and issues. Students will learn about the background and theoretical basis of CBT (including the evidence base, rationale, CBT model, and indications and contraindications for use), and gain skills in determining client suitability for CBT treatment and assessing behavioural and cognitive functioning. They will also develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in the use of the behavioural and cognitive techniques and processes of CBT in the counselling setting. They will become aware of the strengths and limitations of this approach in practice.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEN PRAC 7003
    Course Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    Coordinating Unit Public Health
    Term Winter
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact 4 x 4.5 hrs + 2 x 8 hrs
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Restrictions Available to M. Counselling & Psychotherapy students only
    Course Description This course will introduce students to Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based treatment suitable for use with a variety of mental health disorders and issues. Students will learn about the background and theoretical basis of CBT (including the evidence base, rationale, CBT model, and indications and contraindications for use), and gain skills in determining client suitability for CBT treatment and assessing behavioural and cognitive functioning. They will also develop knowledge, skills, and confidence in the use of the behavioural and cognitive techniques and processes of CBT in the counselling setting. They will become aware of the strengths and limitations of this approach in practice.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Helen Wilson

    Course Coordinator: Alexandra Bloch-Atefi
    Phone: +61 8313 6228
    Location: Level 11, 178 North Terrace

    Learning and Teaching Team
    Phone: +61 8313 0148
    Location: Level 7, 178 North Terrace
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1 Employ increased knowledge in relation to the theoretical background and evidence base to CBT in a therapeutic context
    2 Identify the background issues that may be treated with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), particularly depression and anxiety
    3 Critically appraise techniques and research related to the clinical application of CBT
    4 Distinguish the indications for and contraindications to CBT in practice
    5 Assemble psycho-education for clients regarding the nature of CBT and ways to minimise symptoms
    6 Apply knowledge and skills in use of the theories and processes of CBT in counselling practice
    7 Assess the evidence base for CBT in relation to a range of presenting issues, as well as its strengths and limitations in 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)
    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)
    1, 3, 4, 6, 7
    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
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
    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
    1, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 5, 7
    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
    2, 4, 6
    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
    5, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There is no required text book for this course. An extensive hard copy Training Manual will be provided. A range of support articles will be made available via MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of recommended resources will be made available on MyUni.
    Online Learning
    Please check the website regularly as it may contain announcements that are relevant to your study in the course.

    Student email
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  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The six intensives of the course will include didactic teaching, group discussion, skills practice through small group work, analysis of case material, guest lectures, experiential exercises, and student presentations.  The first five intensives will cover course content. The sixth and final intensive is allocated to student presentations.

    The dates, time and locations for the six intensives will be made available on MyUni.

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

    The course is conducted as six seminar intensives over six separate days.  The seminars are a mixture of lecture and small group learning activities. Attendance at all seminars is essential. As a general rule, in any university course you will need to allow a minimum of three independent study hours for every hour undertaken in formal class work contact.

    The workload comprises:
    Face to face sessions: total of 30 hours
    Core and background reading: approximately 50 hours
    Preparation of assignments: approximately 22 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Day 1 Introduction to CBT Theoretical foundations, evidence base, rationale, indicators and contraindications for use of CBT
    Day 2 CBT Knowledge and Skills - 1 Establishing a therapeutic alliance, use of CBT focused worksheet for anxiety, case examples.  CBT with adolescents
    Day 3 CBT Knowledge and Skills - 2 Skills development: Socratic questioning; responding to client statements; case  conceptualisation; treatment and session planning;
    Day 4 CBT Skills - 3 Strenghts and limitations of CBT
    Day 5 Review of theory and practce: New directions Counsellor self-care, new directions for CBT, relaxation interventions, multi-modal therapy, positive psychology, mindfulness-based CBT
    Day 6 CBT Assessment: Oral presentations CBT session reports
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • 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
    Oral Case Presentation Summative 20% 1-4, 6
    Written Assignment 1 Summative 35% 1-7
    Written Assignment 2 Summative 35% 1, 3-7
    Class Participation Summative 10% 1, 6, 7
    Assessment Related Requirements

    Word limits
    You are advised to comply with word limits for written assignments. You are, of course, not expected to achieve exactly the required length and a 10% leeway on either side is acceptable. However, a penalty of 5% of available marks will apply for word quota in excess of the 10% leeway. Each assignment must include the word-count where indicated on the assignment cover page.

    Referencing of assignments
    It is essential that you reference all written work accurately and consistently. We ask that you use the American Psychological Society Referencing Format (APA 6th). Information regarding thisreferencing style can be found at:

    EndNote bibliographic software is a very useful tool for managing your references and is provided free of charge through the  university. Information about EndNote can be found at:

    Be aware that marks will be deducted for incorrect APA 6th style referencing in all assignments.
    Assessment Detail
    Oral Case Presentations are due on the sixth and final day of the course.  Due dates for written assignments 1 and 2
    will be available on MyUni.

    Oral Case Presentation (20%)
    Each student will present to the class a short summary (10 – 12 mins. max) of the case study they are preparing for Assignment  Three. After presenting the case, students will facilitate a brief group discussion on the aims, relevance, appropriateness, outcomes  and any alternatives to the intervention. Each student has a maximum of 15 minutes for their presentation.

    Assignment 1
    Written Case Description & Analysis (35%)
    A written description and analysis of an interaction with a “client” where CBT was used Word limit 1,500 – 2,000. You are asked to  describe the application of at least oneCBT intervention within a counselling session (session time of between 40 to 60 minutes),  with an individual adult client. You will need to outline the session, provide details about the CBT intervention. The session can  involve a real client (with consent), or a peer in the client role (with consent), as long as the engagement in the CBT activity relates to a genuine issue (ie not a role-play).

    Assignment 2
    Written Evidence Summary (35%)  
    Choose a CBT technique, or an area of CBT application (e.g. CBT and adolescents, CBT and PTSD, CBT and anxiety) that most  interests you and provide an essay that discusses the value and contribution to Counselling and Psychotherapy of the particular  technique or area of application.  Word limit 2,500

    Participation (10%)
    Assessment of class participation is based on consideration of the student’s attendance record, their ability to manage time (in  terms of attendance and assignment submission), their engagement in developing and fostering group norms for the class, their  willingness to offer questions in class, engagement in small-group discussions and learning tasks, their respectful and professional  engagement with peers and staff, evidence of their tolerance with peers and clients, and their ability to modify behaviour in  response to feedback from peers or staff. 
    All extensions for assignments must be requested, at the latest, by the last working day before the due date of submission.   Extensions will generally be granted only on medical or genuine compassionate grounds.  Supporting documentation must be  provided at the time a student requests an extension.  Without documentation, extensions will not be granted.  Late requests for extension will neither be accepted nor acknowledged.

    Only the Course Co-ordinator(s) may grant extensions.

    Supporting documentation will be required when requesting an extension. Examples of documents that are acceptable include: a  medical certificate that specifies dates of incapacity, a police report (in the case of lost computers, car & household theft etc.), a  letter from a Student Counsellor, Education and Welfare Officer (EWO) or Disability Liaison Officer that provides an assessment of  compassionate circumstances, or a letter from an independent external counsellor or appropriate professional able to verify the  student’s situation.  The length of any extension granted will take into account the period and severity of any incapacity or impact  on the student.  Extensions of more than 10 days will not be granted except in exceptional circumstances.

    Late submission
    Marks will be deducted when assignments for which no extension has been granted are handed in late.

    All assignments, including those handed in late, will be assessed on their merits.  In the case of late assignments where no  extension has been granted, 5 percentage points of the total marks possible per day will be deducted.  If an assignment that is 2  days late is awarded 65% on its merits, the mark will then be reduced by 10% (5% per day for 2 days) to 55%.  If that same  assignment is 4 days late, the mark will be reduced by 20% (5% per day for 4 days) to 45%, and so on.
    The School of Public Health reserves the right to refuse to accept an assignment that is more than 7 days late.

    Assignments submitted after the due date may not be graded in time to be returned on the listed return dates.
    Students submitting examinable written work who request (and receive) an extension that takes them beyond the examination  period are advised that there is no guarantee that their grades will be processed in time to meet usual University deadlines.

    If a student is dissatisfied with an assessment grade they should follow the Student Grievance Resolution Process <>.  Students who are not satisfied with a particular assessment result
    should raise their concerns with Course Co-ordinator(s) in the first instance.  This must be done within 10 business days of the  date of notification of the result.  Resubmission of any assignment is subject to the agreement of the Course Co-ordinator(s) and  will only be permitted for the most compelling of reasons.
    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    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.

    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 ( 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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