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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the development of basic skills involving the application of assessment techniques to the treatment of common psychological problems and diagnoses, including depression and anxiety-related disorders, as well as neuropsychological disorders (e.g., memory impairments following brain injury). Specifically, students will learn about common empirically validated approaches to psychotherapy and neuropsychological rehabilitation. Examples of skills include using standardised tests and measuring behaviour and attitude change in the context of individualized treatment plans. A particular focus will be in developing an understanding of the therapeutic process, specific psychological interventions, and identifying the contributions of individual factors in successful treatment (including an individual's culture) and presenting evidence for treatment outcomes. These skills are highlighted with reference to principles and strategies of cognitive behavioural (CBT) and interpersonal (IPT) therapies, as well as within the context of neuropsychological interventions.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify and describe a science-informed approach to obtaining and integrating relevant clinical psychological and/or clinical neuropsychological assessment information required for individualized treatment

; (2) utilise this approach to complete a psychological case formulation with an individualized treatment plan based on that formulation; (3) identify and describe theory and application of some basic empirically validated psychological treatment strategies for clinical psychological and clinical neuropsychological case presentations and disorders; (4) produce basic psychological treatment plans for an individual in the context of the relevant case formulation and clinical research literature.; (5) identify and describe how a clinician's cultural responsiveness can influence psychological assessment and treatment planning for an individual, including for Indigenous Australians

; and (6) identify and describe how to apply empirical approaches to evaluate outcomes of psychological interventions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment(s); (2) examination; and (3) quizzes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Profesor Michael Weinborn
Unit rules
Enrolment in
HON-PSYCH Psychology (ID 4591)
Approved quota: 100—based on academic merit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
small group seminars: Four weeks, 2-hours each
Student are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations) so it is important that students carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.