Credit points: 10

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The aim of this unit is to provide a broad overview of Aaron T. Beck's Cognitive Therapy, also known as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT is a structured, short-term, present oriented psychotherapy directed at solving current problems through the evaluation of unhelpful thinking and behaviours. CBT has undergone considerable empirical investigation and has shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of disorders, particularly major depressive disorder and some anxiety disorders. As the unit progresses, students will become familiar with the cognitive model, therapeutic processes and key techniques. Sessions comprising both theoretical and practical components will be presented. The theoretical material will be covered in seminars and student presentations. The practical component will consist of gaining experience of basic skills through observation of recorded clinical sessions, live practical demonstration, and participation in active learning tasks.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points10

Subject Co-ordinatorNikolaos Kazantzis

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

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Prerequisites Admission to SMCP or SMCNP or SDPCP or SDPCN


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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

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Class requirements

Lecture Week: 19 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 19 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
"3 hours per week (weeks 9-13)."

Lecture Week: 13 - 18
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 13 to week 18 and delivered via face-to-face.
"2 hours per week (weeks 4-8)."


Assessment elementComments%
behavioural experiments assignment (1,500 words)25
case formulation assignment (1,500 words)Hurdle requirement: four 300-word CBT intervention reviews25
one 2-hour examination50