• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Specialist
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Bruce Christensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Winter Session 2021
    See Future Offerings

This course cannot be entirely adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 and will include on-campus activities.

Clinical Coursework III comprises a number of sub-courses covering more advanced and specialised topics in clinical theory and practice such as:

  • Psychopathology and Intervention III (Eating Disorders; Psychotic Disorders; Biopolar Disorder)
  • Specialised Interventions

For further information on the course details please see the Clinical Psychology Program Handbook,

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the psychological theories of the aetiology, progression, and/or recovery, precursors, and sequelae and the psychopathological characteristics and diagnostic taxonomies of the classification of eating, psychotic and bipolar disorders.
  2. Use evidence-based assessments to evaluate eating, psychotic and bioplar disorders, formulate treatment plans based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and employ CBT techniques and strategies to treat eating, psychotic and bipolar disorders.
  3. Demonstrate superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to form positive working alliances with unmotivated clients and with peers.
  4. Understand and use theoretical systems that explain the aetiology and remediation of psychological problems based on the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), formulate treatment plans based on the principles of MI and IPT and employ MI and IPT techniques and strategies to treat psychological disorders.

Other Information

Enrolees must be eligible for registration as a psychologist in the ACT. This course is assessed on a Course Requirement Satisfied (CRS) or Fail basis. Students must satisfactorily complete all assessment tasks in order to pass the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. The assessment for each sub-module equals 1/2 of the overall assessment for this course: (null) [LO null]
  2. Psychopathology and Intervention III: Skills demonstrations (20%); Eating disorders resource kit (25%); Psychosis and bipolar resource kit (25%); Final exam (30%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Specialised Interventions: MI role play (30%); Reflective writing (30%); Case report (40%) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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This course is comprised of submodules. The face-to-face/contact hours for each submodule may vary, but are expected to consist of:

  • Psychopathology and Intervention III: 3 hours/week (36 hours over the semester)
  • Specialised Interventions: 2 hours/week (24 hours over the semester)

Plus a minimum 200 hours of self-study and several mandatory workshops.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Clinical Psychology (7601) and have successfully completed PSYC8102. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PSYC9013 or PSYC9413.

Prescribed Texts

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

Assumed Knowledge

A basic understanding of clinical diagnosis, assessment and treatment comparable to undergraduate level abnormal psychology.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $8580
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $12240
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3530 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4337 01 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 23 Jul 2021 30 Sep 2021 In Person N/A

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