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Develop knowledge and capabilities in evidence-based and effective talk-based interventions, through a critical analysis of key therapies from behaviourist theory perspectives. Applications of contemporary therapies to consumer’s mental health/illness is an important focus of this unit. In this unit, you will cover:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theory
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy theory
  • Underpinning behaviourist theory including relational frame theory, arbitrarily applicable relational responding and stimulus equivalence
  • Mindfulness-based interventions
  • Using mindful interventions to promote wellbeing


Learning outcomes

  • Critique the evolution of the theoretical frameworks that underpin Cognitive Behavioural Therapy theory
  • Integrate and critique the behaviourist theory on Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Critically appraise the theoretical frameworks that underpin mindfulness based interventions
  • Generate a programme of mindfulness based interventions in response to consumer needs



You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Essay (due in Week 4): 50%
  • Report (due in week 7): 50%


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Mental Health and Master of Mental Health (Nursing).   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.