PSY539 Adult Interventions 2 (8)

This subject extends upon the content covered in PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology, PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology, and PSY536 Adult Interventions 1. The emphasis will be on case and problem formulation-driven treatment planning, treatment implementation, and treatment outcome evaluation. Empirically-supported individual and group psychological interventions for adults presenting with a range of conditions, including psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, sexual dysfunctions and disorders, eating disorders, and dissociative disorders will be included. Recent developments in the conceptualisation of psychological treatments, including transtheoretical and transdiagnostic approaches, will also be introduced.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY539. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students in the Master of Clinical Psychology and the Master of Professional Psychology.


PSY534 and PSY536

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and critically evaluate various therapeutic approaches, techniques, and procedures with respect to theoretical origin, hypothesised change processes, indications, contraindications, and precautions in implementation.
  • be able to outline the general nature and aetiological formulation of complex psychopathological syndromes, including psychotic disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, sexual dysfunctions, paraphilias, and dissociative disorders.
  • be able to design, implement, and evaluate individual and group-based psychological interventions for clients from a range of these clinical populations.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • A brief overview of the range of psychological therapies.
  • Recent developments in psychological treatment, including integrated, transtheoretical, and transdiagnostic approaches.
  • Theoretical and empirical bases of various approaches to psychological treatment.
  • Case-formulation driven treatment planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Case-based illustrations of psychological interventions for a range of complex presentations.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY539 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Part a: therapy approach/technique: essay
Part b: therapy approach/technique: demo
Residential school attendance
Individual formulation & treatment plan
Written proposal for a group-based intervention

Residential School

This subject contains a 2.5 day Compulsory Residential School.

Residential schools within the Master of Clinical Psychology course have a number of aims, including:

1. Provision of face-to-face contact opportunities between students and academic staff. This contact can involve didactic-type presentations from a variety of academic staff members and guest speakers, interactive discussions of clinical topics, and direct observation and assessment of student competencies in a variety of areas.

2. Provision of face-to-face contact opportunities between students. It is hoped that each cohort of students will take the opportunity to develop as a supportive and collegial professional network. Face-to-face contact helps to consolidate the relationships that are developed through interaction online.

3. Facilitation of access to University resources held in the main library and the Psychology Resource Library.

The PSY539 Adult Treatments 2 residential school activities will include:

  •  Viewing video-recorded demonstrations of various approaches to psychological therapy with specific populations, followed by group discussion.
  •  Staff-led case presentation and discussions.
  • Small-group learning activities and role-plays
  •  Student presentation and discussion of techniques and procedures used in psychological therapy.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.