The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to support the further development of the student's ability and skills to engage therapeutically. The course provides an overview of psychosocial interventions and the history of the development and use of talking therapies. Students will gain a working knowledge of a broad range of psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions, including the emerging area of e-therapy. The course will assist students to ensure consumers receive the most appropriate therapeutic options and encourage the development of further knowledge and skills in an intervention of their own choosing. Students will be encouraged to consider the challenges arising when working in multicultural and Indigenous Australian settings.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the impact of growing understandings of neurophysiology of psychotherapy and the role of therapeutic engagement in enhancing the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions

2. Analyse and critique the theoretical foundations, techniques and value of a range of psychosocial interventions, including individual, group based and e-therapies

3. Critique the application of western-developed interventions with reference to cultural safety in Indigenous Australian and multicultural settings

4. Utilise reflective practice principles to identify personal values, ethical issues and practice issues arising in mental health clinical practice and to discuss the changes you have made to your practice as an outcome of completing this course.

5. Appraise a range of therapeutic options for a particular client and critique the research evidence supporting your recommendations for the choice of intervention

6. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of one psychotherapeutic intervention of your own choosing and identify your proposal to increase your skills in delivering this intervention.


  • Therapeutic engagement
  • Historical perspectives, neurophysiology of psychotherapy
  • Psychosocial interventions, including psychodynamic, CBT, motivational interviewing, psycho- education, family interventions, group therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, e-therapy and integrative approaches
  • Psychosocial interventions in a multicultural setting
  • Personal values and ethical practice.


This course is only available to students who are active in one of the following postgraduate programs: 10973, 11383, 11536, 11682, 11687, 12197, 12244, 40023, 40031, 40143 or 40156.

Assumed knowledge

Foundations of health professional knowledge, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in health care, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary health care issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Introductory Blog

Quiz: 30 Multiple Choice Questions *

Written Assignment: Written Assignment *

Written Assignment: A series of fortnightly reflection and summary *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Quiz: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course. - Students will have only one attempt to complete the quiz.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.