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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on psychological interventions for common lifestyle diseases and on the role of psychologists in the management of chronic and life-threatening health problems and medical trauma. The objectives of the unit are to (1) provide students with the theoretical and evidence-based background for psychological interventions for preventing illness, enhancing health, and managing chronic and debilitating illnesses; and (2) acquire skills in delivering psychological interventions for health-related behaviours to enhance health, quality of life and adaptive coping.

6 points

Students have knowledge of the theoretical and empirical evidence base for psychological interventions for common lifestyle illnesses and chronic health conditions, and a good understanding of psychopharmacological approaches to common conditions affecting health. Students acquire skills in (1) delivering individual and group interventions for obesity; (2) delivering interventions for eating disorders; (3) providing treatments to reduce alcohol and substance use; (4) conducting treatments for insomnia; and (5) delivering services to facilitate adaptation and coping with chronic health problems, physical trauma and terminal illness.


This comprises (1) an individual course project related to the learning outcomes of promoting evidence-based psychological services in healthcare settings, due in last half of teaching period, and may include both written and oral presentation components (70 per cent); and (2) a group-based presentation demonstrating knowledge and concepts of psychological interventions in healthcare settings, due during teaching period (30 per cent).

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sue Byrne
Unit rules
enrolment in
Clinical Psychology postgraduate program
or Master of Clinical Psychology (54570)
or Master of Clinical Psychology (Extended) (55570).
and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I), PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
PSYC5567 Clinical Health Psychology (formerly PSYC8567 Clinical Health Psychology)
Contact hours
lectures: 13 x 3 hours
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