PSYC447-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Frontiers of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy II

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 27 August 2023


This course will explore the theory, application and processes of cognitive behavioural interventions for specific problems, including substance misuse, social anxiety, specific phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating problems and health-related anxiety. It will provide an understanding of the delivery of CBT to children and adolescents, and of the use of CBT in group settings.

PSYC447 provides advanced cognitive behavioural assessment, formulation, and intervention skills. Students will gain critical CBT skills for working with couples, with people with psychosis, eating, and physical health problems. Experiential CBT practice, including work using imagery, and metacognitive interventions will be taught. Continued emphasis on bicultural practice is a focus of this course. The course emphasises working with clients with more complex presentations, such as when comorbid mental health disorders are present.

PSYC447 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).

PSYC442 & PSYC443 are prerequisites for PSYC447.

Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to provide CBT assessment, formulation, and treatment for people with psychosis, eating problems, and health- and pain-related problems
  • Learn to use metacognitive conceptualisations to assess, formulate and treat client problems
  • Understand and be able to deliver wellbeing, resilience, and strengths-based CBT interventions
  • Develop skills for using CBT with couples
    • 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.

Course Coordinator

Virginia McIntosh


Kathryn Taylor


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Oral paper case 30%
CBT treatment case study 1 40%
CBT treatment case study 2 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Beck, J.S; Cognitive therapy for challenging problems: What to do when the basics don't work ; Guilford Press, 2011.

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

Recommended Reading

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

Kazantzis, N., Reinecke, M., & Freeman, A; Cognitive and behavioral theories in clinical practice ; Guilford Press, 2010.

Ledley, D.R., Marx, B.P. & Heimberg, R.G; Making cognitive-behavioral therapy work: Clinical process for new practitioners ; 2nd; Guilford Press, 2010.

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

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

PSYC447 has two key texts and other recommended texts. Additional reading will be available via AKO|LEARN.

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 PSYC447 Occurrences

  • PSYC447-23W (C) Whole Year 2023