CFPY603-21W (C) Whole Year 2021

Introduction to Interventions

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 August 2021


This course provides an overview of interventions for children and adolescents with commonly occurring childhood disorders, and behaviour / learning difficulties (anxiety, phobia, depression, antisocial behaviour, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia). We will cover how to recognise these disorders, what is known about their causes, and how to plan and evaluate interventions. We will examine what the current academic literature tells us about effective evidence-based interventions, and challenges and issues in intervention work. The course introduces students to multiple perspectives on disorders and interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and applied behaviour analysis (ABA). Introduction to Interventions is one of the compulsory first year courses in the Child and Family Psychology programme, and is also suitable for students who are pursuing postgraduate qualifications in special education.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
1. Recognise common behavioural and learning difficulties
2. Describe what is known about the causes of behavioural and learning difficulties
3. Describe interventions commonly used for a given behavioural and learning difficulty, and their evidence base.
4. Review and critique assessments and interventions for behavioural and learning difficulties
5. Effectively search for intervention literature relevant to a disorder or difficulty
6. Read and evaluate published reports of intervention research
7. Formulate intervention plans for cases of behavioural and learning difficulties.


Subject to approval of the Head of School of Health Sciences


Course Coordinator

Sarah Anticich


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 30%
Assignment 2 30%
Assignment 3 40%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no course text. Readings will be sourced from LEARN throughout the course.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

There will be three written assignments focusing on both theoretical and practical aspects of interventions. Further assignment details will be distributed closer to the due dates. Assignments must be your own work, and will be submitted electronically via Turnitin.

Grading scale
All grades will be awarded using the University of Canterbury’s official 9-point scale:

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99

A Pass is 50 marks or over

University assessment regulations
Every student is responsible for familiarising themself with university regulations regarding courses and assessment as outlined in the College of Education Assessment Guidelines for Students and  the UC General Course and Examinations Regulations.


Attendance at all classes is strongly recommended.


This course is periodically evaluated using the University of Canterbury Course and Teaching Surveys.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,905.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All CFPY603 Occurrences

  • CFPY603-21W (C) Whole Year 2021