PSY536 Adult Interventions 1 (8)


This subject introduces the theory and practice of evidence-based psychotherapy with adult clients, with a focus on the application of cognitive-behaviour therapies (CBT) for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. It provides instruction in case formulation and its utilisation in the planning and implementation of interventions for specific psychological disorders. Students will be introduced to specific intervention skills, including exposure therapy, behavioural experiments, cognitive techniques, behavioural activation, structured problem solving and worry control strategies, and relapse prevention.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
Online*Bathurst Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY536
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Enrolment restrictions

Available to students in the Master of Clinical Psychology
PSY533 and PSY534

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the historical relationships between forms of evidence-based psychotherapies
  • be able to describe the theoretical foundations and historical evolution of cognitive-behavioural therapies
  • be able to plan and conduct cognitive-behavioural assessments of clients with anxiety and mood disorders
  • be able to develop case formulations for clients with anxiety and mood disorders
  • be able to demonstrate skills in cognitive-behavioural interventions for anxiety and mood disorders
  • be able to evaluate the effectiveness of CBT for anxiety and mood disorders


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theoretical and historical foundations of cognitive-behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural assessment and case formulation
  • Exposure therapy
  • Behavioural experiments
  • Cognitive techniques
  • Behavioural activation
  • Structured problem solving and worry control strategies
  • Relapse prevention

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 2.5 day residential school. The residential school is intended to serve a number of functions
  • to teach therapy skills
  • to demonstrate clinical therapy skills
  • to demonstrate the application of case formulation to treatment planning and monitoring
  • to engage the students in case analysis and discussion
Activities include
  • lectures
  • demonstrations
  • case discussions and other small-group learning activities and role-plays
  • student self-evaluation tasks


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 25 August 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.