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Unit Overview


Adult and child psychotherapy is taught across two units and two semesters—this unit in semester one and PSYC5569 Adult and Child Psychotherapy 2 (formerly PSYC8569 Adult and Child Psychotherapy 2) in semester two. The unit introduces students to key issues associated with the psychotherapeutic management of problems presented by children, adolescents and adults. Its four broad aims are to examine (1) the nature of psychotherapeutic process and introduce the scientist-practitioner model of clinical practice; (2) the research base for psychotherapy; (3) the historical, philosophical and theoretical bases of the cognitive behavioural therapies; and (4) the nature and management of problems commonly experienced by children and adolescents.

6 points

Students understand the key issues relating to the evaluation of process and outcome in psychotherapy. They develop an overview of the basic tenets and procedures of cognitive-behavioural therapy and gain an understanding of basic assessment and intervention strategies with children.


Students are assessed on attendance at all lectures and seminars, a psychotherapy research review of 1500 words (40 per cent) and an essay (60 per cent). 'Turnitin' originality checking and plagiarism prevention is used in the Faculty to allow both educators and their students to check written work for improper citation or misappropriated content. More information about 'Turnitin' can be found at

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Susan Byrne
Unit rules
enrolment in
postgraduate study in Psychology
Contact hours
2 hrs per week
  • 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.