BEHV 7015 Core Therapeutic Modalities

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102360

Coordinator Craig Gonsalvez Opens in new window

Description This unit provides an introduction to the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based form of therapy and an important therapeutic tool for psychologists working in diverse settings. Students in this unit will develop foundational skills in CBT assessment, formulation and treatment and a critical understanding of CBT application across conditions, populations and social settings. In addition, students will be introduced to family therapy (FT), including different models of FT, assessment, case formulation and FT application across different family situations. CBT and FT will be contrasted and examined for their application to a range of common psychological presentations, including ways to tailor responsive interventions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural contexts.

School Psychology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 1814 Master of Professional Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Explain and critically evaluate theories and models of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Family Therapy (APAC GA:3.2).
  2. Implement a CBT assessment, formulation, therapeutic intervention and reflect on practice (APAC GA: 3.3, 3.6, 3.9, 3.15).
  3. Contrast CBT and Family Therapy interventions across a range of psychological problems (APAC GA:3.2).
  4. Examine therapeutic complexities and develop ways to evaluate and tailor CBT and Family Therapy approaches in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and multicultural contexts (APAC GA:3.2, 3.3, 3.7).

Subject Content

Theoretical and empirical foundations of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT issues and methods
CBT assessment and case formulation
CBT application to common psychological problems and settings
CBT related therapeutic approaches
Theoretical and empirical foundations of Family Therapy (FT)
Family therapy issues and methods
Family therapy assessment and case formulation
Family therapy application to select psychological problems and settings
Tailoring CBT and Family Therapy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural contexts


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
1a Simulation 50 minutes S/U Y Individual
1b Simulation 50 minutes 50 Y Individual
Report 2,000 words 50 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Kennerley, H., Kirk, J., & Westbrook, D. (2017). An introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy - Skills and Applications. Edn 3. London: Sage

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 1



Subject Contact Craig Gonsalvez Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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