PSYC443-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Case Conceptualisation and Intervention

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course offers further opportunity to develop skills in CBT formulation, with a focus on CBT case conceptualisation and intervention. It builds on the interviewing skills developed in PSYC442, including the engagement strategies for working with Maori and other client groups. Upon completion students should be able to critically integrate CBT assessment and treatment strategies.

PSYC443 follows from PSYC442 providing further opportunity to develop skills in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) assessment and formulation, with a focus on beginning CBT interventions for mental health and addiction difficulties. The course will focus on CBT and bicultural engagement, assessment, and intervention techniques, applying Māori concepts to CBT to increase engagement with both Māori and non-Māori. Key CBT interventions for common mental health problems—depression, anxiety and alcohol and substance problems—will be taught, with a focus on delivering treatments that relate to CBT formulations of client problems.
PSYC443 is a compulsory course for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT).

This course is limited to students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (PGDipCBT) or the Postgraduate Diploma of Health Sciences Taha Hinengaro - Health and Wellbeing Practice (PGDipHealSc).

Learning Outcomes

Upon passing this course, I will:

1. Have a detailed understanding of the evidence base that supports CBT interventions for mental health problems.

2. Have a detailed knowledge of basic CBT intervention strategies such as psychoeducation, behavioural activation, relaxation, behavioural experiments and identification and evaluation of cognitions.

3. Be able to assess a client, develop a formulation and treatment plan, monitor the outcome of CBT treatment, and make appropriate adaptations for Māori.

I will learn this by:

1. Teaching will introduce students to the evidence base of interventions for mental health and addiction problems.

2. Teaching about CBT intervention strategies. Modelling and role-play of intervention strategies during the block teaching. Utilising these techniques in supervised clinical practice.

3. Teaching about assessment, formulation, treatment and monitoring of outcome. Teaching about delivering CBT to Māori clients. Utilising assessment, formulation and treatment skills in supervised clinical practice.

My learning will be assessed through:

1. Development of a client psychoeducation resource. Review of research evidence in the CBT treatment case study.

2. Preparation of a client psychoeducation resource. Oral paper case: Assessment, formulation and treatment. CBT treatment case study

3. CBT treatment case study

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.


Subject to the approval of the Programme Director.


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Development of a client psychoeducation resource 30%
Oral paper case: Assessment, formulation, and treatment planning 30%
CBT treatment case study 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Kennerley, H., Kirk, J., & Westbrook, D; An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy: Skills & applications ; 3rd; Sage Publications, 2017.

Persons, J.B; The case formulation approach to cognitive behaviour therapy ; Guilford Press, 2012.

Recommended Reading

Beck, J. S; Cognitive therapy: Basics and beyond ; The Guilford Press, 1995.

Shea, S.C; Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding (3rd Ed.) ; 3rd; Elsevier, 2017.

PSYC 443 has two key texts and other recommended texts. Additional readings will be available via AKO | LEARN or handed out in class. Preparatory material will be assigned each week for the first four weeks of the semester in preparation for the teaching block on 31st July - 4th August.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,159.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 24

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC443 Occurrences

  • PSYC443-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023