The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
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).

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Articulate the role of a therapist.

2. Explain the effect of personal characteristics on a person’s ability to be an effective therapist.

3. Identify some common counselling approaches.

4. Distinguish between a variety of methods for designing and delivering intervention strategies.

5. Identify the relevant information from an intake interview needed to produce a Case Report.

6. Formulate a preliminary diagnosis and intervention strategy from a case study.


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 Psychological Science [40099], Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced) [40211], or Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) [12362].

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 9 Weeks starting in week 2


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