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Exercise and Behavioural Psychology PG (8533.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science



    This unit will explore understandings of the psychology of physiological conditions and models of behaviour change. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of interviewing clients and compiling a relevant psychological history to aid in their physical or athletic development. Motivation and leadership of individuals and the use of short and long term goal setting in adherence to programmes appropriate to the client / athlete will be developed. Behavioural change and self management strategies will be explored, with the benefits of counselling to facilitate this process being addressed.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. obtain a detailed and comprehensive history through interview to inform the development of effective exercise programs;
    2. apply knowledge of behavioural change models to generate strategies for working with non-motivated or difficult clients
    3. use counselling skills to assist clients to achieve greater independence
    4. formulate hypotheses about client's problems in terms of basic lifestyle strategies and the impact of chronic medical conditions



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