• Offered by
  • ANU College
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Academic career RSCH
  • Mode of delivery In Person

DPsych Clinical Coursework II is comprised of a number of sub-courses covering a range of topics designed to further advance the students knowledge of clinical theory and practice and relevant research methodology. 

The sub-courses that comprise this course are:

• Advanced Psychopathology

• Evidence-Based Treatments for Psychological Disorders

• The Scientist-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology

 

Advanced Psychopathology (Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Rieger)

(Staff: Dr Elizabeth Rieger, Dr Sarah Davenport, Dr Robert Tait, Dr Myra Whitney) 2 hrs/week

This sub-course continues the focus on models of specific psychological disorders and their treatment begun in Introductory Psychopathology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The focus will be on substance use disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and eating and weight disorders. The epidemiology, aetiology, psychological assessment, interventions, and rehabilitation for these disorders will be described.

 

Evidence-Based Treatments for Psychological Disorders (Convenor: Dr Elizabeth Rieger)

(Staff: Dr Elizabeth Rieger, Dr Mark Boschen) Full day workshop in Week 1; 2 hr/week from Weeks 2-13

This sub-course continues the focus on evidence-based treatments for psychological disorders begun in Introductory Psychopathology and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. The focus will be on psychopharmacology, interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) and motivational enhancement therapy (MET). This course begins with a full day workshop on "Psychopharmacology for Psychologists" which will provide a broad introduction to the important concepts of pharmacological treatment of psychological disorders including a revision of the basic concepts of psychophysiology and an examination of each of the major classes of psychotropic medication (i.e., antidepressants, anxiolytics and antipsychotics). The classes on IPT and MET will provide students with an understanding of the theoretical background underpinning these approaches and their implementation with a range of disorders such as depression and eating disorders.

 

The Scientist-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology (Convenor: Dr Jay Brinker) 2 hrs/week

The underlying philosophy of professional psychology advocated in the Clinical Program is the scientist-practitioner model. Essentially this model argues that to be an effective and responsible, professional psychologist, scientific research should both inform and be part of clinical practice. Thus, appropriate clinical research skills (both methodological and statistical) are viewed as an essential part of professional training.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On completion of this course students will:

  • Be able to understand current theoretical, clinical, and empirical work on various psychological disorders including substance use disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, and eating and weight disorders. Students will understand the epidemiology, aetiology, psychological assessment, interventions, and rehabilitation for these disorders.
  • Have an introductory understanding of current theoretical, clinical, and empirical work on several of the dominant treatment approaches for psychological disorders, namely, psychopharmacology, motivational enhancement therapy (MET), and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT).
  • Know and understand the ethical procedures for both research and practice in clinical psychology.  Also, they will be able to integrate research and practice in a meaningful way.

Other Information

Indicative Assessment

The assessment for each sub-course equals 1/3 of the overall assessment for this course:

Advanced Psychopathology: 2,500 word essay

Evidence-Based Treatments for Psychological Disorders: 2,500 word essay

The Scientist-Practitioner in Clinical Psychology: Class Presentation and Ethics Case Reports

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

6 hrs/week and 1 full day workshop.

Prescribed Texts

To be confirmed at the beginning of the course. Texts will be selected in line with current research.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

There are no current offerings for this course.

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions