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 Masters programs in Psychology.


PSY564 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; and
  • 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 2020. 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 %
Written proposal for a group-based intervention
Residential school attendance
Oral presentation of a technique or procedure
Individual formulation & treatment plan

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.