PSYC457-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Behavioural Interventions

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Problem-solving interventions across the life-span at the individual, family and community level using behaviour analysis principles.

This is a one-semester, 15-point course in the application of problem-solving interventions of a behavioural and/or cognitive-behavioural kind. Such interventions may address many diverse problems of adjustment and living and be applied across the life-span from infancy to old age and at the individual, family/group, school, organizational and community level. These applications and interventions studied are evidence-based and draw on the science of behaviour analysis, social learning theory, and cognitive-behavioural theory/therapy. The course aims to provide an introduction to the field, emphasising general principles. It is not intended to provide professional training in any therapeutic procedures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enable students who successfully complete the course to:

  • analyse problems using the conceptual framework provided by behavioural analysis/cognitive-behavioural theory;
  • plan “in principle” problem-solving interventions which embody evidence-based principles;
  • formulate intervention plans in ways that therapy outcomes may be scientifically evaluated using appropriate research designs; and
  • relate specific problems and interventions to current relevant theory and research.

    The course also provides opportunities for students to:
    o Work collaboratively together on a specific task
    o Collaboratively present the results of their work to the class
    o Complete an individual in-depth review of a relevant topic
    o Communicate the results of this review to the class via a Poster presentation.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Course Coordinator

Neville Blampied


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Poster 25%
Research Proposal 20%
Review 35%
Class Presentation & Participation 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Kazdin, Alan E; Behavior modification in applied settings ; 7th ed; Waveland Press, 2013.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,079.00

* 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 Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC457 Occurrences

  • PSYC457-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023