psy5cog cognitive behavioural therapy




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The subject taught is based on the Cognitive Behavioural Therapymodel (CBT). CBT is a relatively short term intervention aimed at solving current problems through the evaluations of unhelpful thinking and behaviours. CBT has been shown to have considerable empirical effectiveness for a range ofdisorders. This subject will provide an overview of cognitive and behavioural models of behaviour and psychological disorders, with a particular focus on case formulation and treatment planning based on the cognitive behavioural model. The subject will also focus on the development of skills relating to CBT, and review process issues in CBT interventions.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Pepping

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Construct and appraise case formulations based on cognitive and behavioural models.

Participation in class, assignment 1 and exam

02. Assess the empirical base of CBT interventions including indications and contraindications.

Participation in class and exam

03. Design CBT intervention plans with understanding of the role of specific CBT relational processes and appropriate therapist behaviour.

Participation in class, assignment 2 and exam

04. Construct case formulations and intervention plans with account for cultural differences and client diversity.

Participation in class, assignment 1 and exam

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 08-23, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Pepping

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 09 - 09
Two 8.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 09 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 20
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 20
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 20 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2 hour examination (2,000-words equivalent)5001, 02, 03, 04
One case formulation assignment (1,500-words)2501, 02, 03, 04
One behavioural experiment assignment (1,500-words)2501, 02, 03