Introductory Psychosocial Interventions

10 Units

NB. This course involves a compulsory 2 day face to face workshop that is held on Callaghan campus in Newcastle.

This course is designed to support the further development of the students ability to engage therapeutically with clients. Students will commence by reviewing basic principles and skills learnt at under-graduate level and have the opportunity at a one-day workshop to strengthen and extend these skills. The course will provide 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 psycho-social and psycho-educational interventions. The course will assist students to ensure that clients receive the most appropriate therapeutic options and to gain more knowledge and skills in an intervention of their own choosing. Students will be encouraged to consider the challenges arising when working in a multi-cultural setting.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate an ability to engage a client in a therapeutic relationship;
  2. Describe the development of talking therapies;
  3. Display an awareness of recent developments in understanding the neurophysiology of psychotherapy;
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of a broad range of psycho social and psycho-educational interventions;
  5. Display an ability to recommend the most effective therapeutic option for a particular client and to discuss the reasons for the recommendation;
  6. Demonstrate sound knowledge and skill in a selected intervention;
  7. Display a capacity to identify personal values and discuss ethical issues relating to therapeutic engagement and psychosocial interventions;
  8. Critique the application of western-developed interventions in a multicultural setting.

Therapeutic engagement; History of talking therapies; Overview of psychological interventions; Neurophysiology of psychotherapy; Specific interventions, including psychodynamic, CBT, motivational interviewing, psycho education, family interventions, group therapy, mindfulness-based therapies; Psychosocial interventions in a multicultural setting; Personal values and ethical practice.

Assumed Knowledge Foundations of nursing knowledge, nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing 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 conceptualize practice. Demonstrated Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council competencies and Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Standards of Practice for Mental Health Nurses.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Workshop: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6031
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