Therapeutic Engagement & Psychosocial Interventions

10 Units

This course is designed to support the further development of the students ability and skills to engage therapeutically with clients. Students attend a compulsory two-day workshop to strengthen and extend these skills. The course provides an overview of psychosocial interventions and the history of the development and use of talking therapies. Students will gain a working knowledge of a broad range of psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions, including the emerging area of e-therapy. The course will assist students to ensure that clients receive the most appropriate therapeutic options and encourage the development of further knowledge and skills in an intervention of their own choosing. Students will be encouraged to consider the challenges arising when working in multicultural and Indigenous Australian settings.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery
Availability Trimester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Trimester 2 - 2015 (WebLearn GradSchool)

Successful completion of this course will enable you to:

  1. Describe the impact of growing understandings of neurophysiology of psychotherapy and the role of therapeutic engagement in enhancing the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions
  2. Analyse and critique the theoretical foundations, techniques and value of a range of psychosocial interventions, including individual, group based and e-therapies
  3. Critique the application of western-developed interventions with reference to cultural safety in Indigenous Australian and multicultural settings
  4. Utilise reflective practice principles to identify personal values, ethical issues and practice issues arising in mental health clinical practice and to discuss the changes you have made to your practice as an outcome of completing this course.
  5. Appraise a range of therapeutic options for a particular client and critique the research evidence supporting your recommendations for the choice of intervention
  6. Demonstrate a sound knowledge of one psychotherapeutic intervention of your own choosing and identify your proposal to increase your skills in delivering this intervention.

Therapeutic engagement Historical perspectives, neurophysiology of psychotherapy Psychosocial interventions, including psychodynamic, CBT, motivational interviewing, psycho- education, family interventions, group therapy, mindfulness-based therapies, e-therapy and integrative approaches Psychosocial interventions in a multicultural setting Personal values and ethical practice.

Replacing Course(s) NURS 6031 Introductory Psychosocial Interventions
Transition Students who have previously completed NURS6031 Introductory Psychosocial Interventions cannot enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Foundations of health professional knowledge, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in health care, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary health care issues. Academic reading and writing skills, ability to access and evaluate information from a variety of sources, skills in critical analysis, critical judgment, synthesis and evaluation. Ability to conceptualise practice.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - COMPULSORY COURSE COMPONENT - Must gain mark of 50% or higher to pass this course
  • Online Discussion -
  • Workshop - Compulsory Attendance at Workshop and Completion of Reflective Paper - essay
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Workshop: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
  • Compulsory Course Component: Essay/Written Assignment (Must Gain mark of 50% or higher to pass this course) Submission of this essay will enable students to demonstrate that they have met the learning objectives of the course by reflecting on their skills in therapeutic engagement, identify issues arising in mental health clinical practice and identify their skills in delivering care.
  • Compulsory Course Component: Workshop (compulsory attendance at Workshop and Completion of Reflective Paper - essay) Compulsory attendance will enable the student to strengthen and further develop their skills in therapeutic engagement, and reflect upon and critically analyse their participation at the workshop by submission of a reflective paper. Any student who cannot attend this workshop, will need to submit an adverse circumstances form for consideration, and attend the workshop at the next offering.
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for NURS6035

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