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BVMT13-153: Interventions with People Experiencing Difficulties May 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject covers the major approaches to the treatment of people with intellectual, behavioural, and academic difficulties. Evidence-based therapy systems will be examined, and students will be exposed to the application of these approaches within selected contexts.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:BVMT13-153
Subject title:Interventions with People Experiencing Difficulties
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Seminar 1
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Self directed study


Prescribed resources:
  • Spiegler, M. D. and Guevremont, D. C (2015). Contemporary Behavior Therapy. 6th ed, Belmont CA: Thompson Wadsworth
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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and differentiate the major behaviourally-based intervention frameworks used to address the presenting problems of clients experiencing personal difficulty or distress.
  2. Practice application of specific mental health interventions designed to meet the needs of clients experiencing personal difficulty or distress.
  3. Select and evaluate mental health interventions suited to the needs of particular client groups.
  4. Develop effective expressive, receptive and written communication skills as these apply to the Counselling and Behaviour Management environments.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Written Report Minor Research Report 30% Week 5 1, 2, 3.
Written Report Major research report 35% Week 9 1, 3, 4.
Take-home Examination Take home examination released during week 12 for submission during week 13, day of seminar 35% Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

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If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Framework for evaluating the research support for the intervention techniques used in mental health environments.

1, 4.

Description, application and evaluation of Systematic Desensitization.

1, 2, 3.

Changing faulty cognition and negative self-talk with Cognitive Restructuring.

1, 2, 3.

Changing maladaptive behaviours by teaching coping skills.

1, 2, 3.

Assisting clients to develop self-management skills for controlling the expression of nervous habits and tics.

1, 2, 3.

Using problem-solving and responsibility allocation to motivate behaviour change.

1, 2, 3.

Addressing social performance deficits with individualised skills training.

1, 2, 3.

Developing positive replacement behaviours via exposure to appropriate models.

1, 2, 3.

Description, application and evaluation of token economies for groups and individuals.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Using basic analysis of children's drawing to explore emotional state as an antecedent to behaviour.

1, 2, 3, 4.

Description, application and evaluation of the use of discrete trial instruction.

1, 2, 3.

Setting and agreeing upon the conditions for changes in behaviour.

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Mar 9, 2022. Edition: 1.7