Counselling and Clinical Intervention


Introduces students to the basics of therapeutic interactions with patients, including the establishment and maintenance of therapeutic alliances, history taking, counselling, motivational interviewing, cognitive behaviour therapy, and treatment termination. Teaching methods utilise skills workshops and seminar.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Form therapeutic contracts and establish therapeutic relationships with individuals, couples and groups.

2. Facilitate their clients' definitions and explorations of their problems.

3. Promote their clients' commitment to change through the use of motivational interviewing.

4. Make effective use of the main techniques of cognitive behavioural therapy.

5. Deal effectively with common challenges to the therapeutic relationship.


  • Formation and maintenance of therapeutic relationships.
  • History taking
  • Basic counselling skills
  • Motivational interviewing
  • The behavioural components of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • The cognitive components of cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Treatment termination
  • Interventions with couples and groups
  • Resolving challenges to the therapeutic alliance


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Master of Health Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical & Health Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology or PhD in Health Psychology programs.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

Assessment Items

Project: DVD of recorded counselling session with self-reflected report

Written Assignment: Treatment Plan I Motivational Interviewing

Written Assignment: Treatment Plan II Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term