PSYC638 - Therapeutic Skills
The ability to conduct effective, evidence–based therapeutic intervention is a core competency required of psychologists in order to provide optimal benefit to their clients and the community. In order to achieve this competence it is necessary to have strong client engagement skills, well–honed clinical observation skills, good communication and interpersonal skills, sound psychological theoretical knowledge (of both empirically based treatment approaches and the crucial elements of effective therapeutic relationships), and the ability to apply effectively the techniques of at least one evidence–based therapeutic approach. This unit provides theoretical and practical training in non–specific therapeutic factors, basic counselling skills across the lifespan, behaviour therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and cultural influences on therapeutic intervention. The aim of the unit is to develop and enhance interpersonal and communication skills, understanding of evidence–based therapeutic approaches and the ability to apply therapeutic techniques effectively.