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PSYC71-501: Advanced Psychological Interventions


This subject provides advanced intervention training in the assessment, diagnosis, classification and treatment of selected clinical areas.  The areas covered include couple and relationship issues (including attachment), and geropsychology. This subject teaches theory and practice in the field of relationship counselling and examines the complexities of family, attachment and culture of origin issues.  You will learn evidence-based relationship approaches, with an emphasis on the administration and interpretation of assessment for couples counselling. The subject will further teach applied theory and practice relating to positive ageing, assisting those with age-related illnesses, and the successful negotiation of life transitions.  You will critically examine the clinical, behavioural, and psychometric assessment of these problems, and receive formal academic training in empirically validated psychological interventions for these clinical areas. On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to demonstrate advanced competence in the diagnosis of disorders, formulation and treatments.

Subject details

Type: Postgraduate Subject
Code: PSYC71-501
Faculty: Faculty of Society and Design
Credit: 10
Study areas:
  • Psychology, Criminology, and Social Sciences

Learning outcomes

  1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to advanced clinical areas in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways.
  2. Capacity to work effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements.
  3. Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence.
  4. Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures.
  5. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding and application of cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.
  7. Apply knowledge of current theories, systems, regulatory and statutory authorities.
  8. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation and diagnosis.
  9. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge of culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology.
  10. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.
  11. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner.
  12. Interpret standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning.
  13. Identify psychological disorders in these areas using a recognised taxonomy.
  14. Conduct professional assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment and management of risk.
  15. Apply knowledge of approaches to monitor outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation.
  16. Interpret and communicate findings in written formats, using culturally appropriate language.
  17. Demonstrate knowledge of empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
  18. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals.

Enrolment requirements



Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Restrictions: This subject is not available to
  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.