The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


'Intervention' to change human behaviour underpins much of the professional application of psychology. Psychologists employ a wide variety of strategies to facilitate behaviour change, and implement these intervention strategies across a range of levels. This course will provide information on how theory informs practice across a number of approaches to therapy. Examples of how these approaches need to be tailored to different levels of intervention (e.g. individual vs couples and families) and particular groups (e.g. children vs elderly).

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. Introduce students to concepts and principles involved in designing and delivering different intervention strategies.

2. Introduce students to concepts and principles involved in using some common counselling approaches.

3. Illustrate the application of intervention strategies through presentation and discussion of 'case study' material.


Content areas are: intervention strategies (individual, couple, family/group); and counselling approaches in therapeutic interactions.

The content will be covered through lectures, guest lectures and tutorials.

Supervision and evaluation will be provided by staff in the School of Psychology and tutoring staff.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or Bachelor of Psychological Science [40099] programs.

Assumed knowledge

PSYC1010, PSYC1020,PSYC1200

Assessment items

Essay: Self-Reflecting Essay- What I bring to the role of a therapist.

Report: Case Report

Quiz: Online Quiz

Formal Examination: Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks starting in week 2


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1