Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


PSYC6531 introduces students to important aspects of clinical psychology interventions suitable for diverse child, adult and geriatric populations. Psychological interventions covers many areas of expertise and skill including understanding referral questions and psychological disorders, acquiring relevant information about the client's history, choosing appropriate psychological interventions, establishing therapeutic alliances and administering interventions in the clinical setting, evaluating client progress and outcomes as well as communicating with clients, systems and other stakeholders. PSYC6531 is comprised of skills workshops and specialised seminars (online and face-to-face).



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply advanced psychological knowledge to culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology (APAC standard 4.2.3).

2. Select, tailor and implement appropriate evidence-based interventions on the basis of an initial case formulation, whether individuals, dyads or carers/dependents (APAC standard 4.2.3 i).

3. Monitor outcomes and modify based on evolving case formulation and intra- and interpersonal processes, with care given to the appropriateness of interventions for the client or clients within their wider context (APAC standard 4.2.3 iii).

4. Consult and collaborate with other professionals regarding clinical planning and referrals, particularly in the context of complex case presentations (APAC standard 4.2.3 iii).

5. Conduct evidence-based practice in the understanding and management of psychological disorders, including across the age range and across modalities such as e-health approaches (APAC standard 4.2.3 iv).

6. Evaluate symptom reduction, therapeutic outcomes, the therapeutic alliance and client progress throughout therapy (APAC standard 4.2.2 iv).


1. Overview of evidence based psychological interventions.

2. Culturally responsive interventions in clinical psychology.

3. Developmentally appropriate interventions in child, adult and geriatric populations.

4. Therapeutic evaluations (e.g., client progress and outcomes, therapeutic alliance).

5. Delivery and evaluation of evidence-based interventions. 


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology (40187) or the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) (12452).

Assumed knowledge

Successful completion or concurrent enrolment in PSYC6501 and PSYC6502.

Assessment items

Project: Recorded intervention and self-reflection

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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

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