PSYC643-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Year 1 Practicum

24 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


The course objective is to provide the opportunity for students to apply the science and practice of clinical psychology. Students will develop their understanding of the ‘art of interviewing’ in a manner that is client centred, evidence-based, safe, ethical, and culturally relevant. The practicum component provides students the opportunity to undertake assessment interviews, psychometric assessment, observation of treatment, and report writing.

Learning Outcomes

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.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
20 Feb - 2 Apr
24 Apr - 4 Jun
17 Jul - 27 Aug
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30 Psychology - Sociology 311
22 May - 28 May
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30 Psychology - Sociology 311
29 May - 4 Jun

Timetable Note

Enrolled students are advised to consult the course outline on Learn|AKO for detailed timetable information.


Enrolled students are advised to consult the course outline on Learn|AKO for detailed assessment information.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Sattler, Jerome M; Foundations of behavioral, social and clinical assessment of children ; Sixth edition; Jerome M. Sattler, Publisher, Inc., 2014.

Waitoki, Waikaremoana et al; Professional practice of psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand ; 3rd edition; The New Zealand Psychological Society, Te Ropu Matai Hinengaro o Aotearoa, 2016.

Recommended Reading

Page, Andrew C. , Stritzke, Werner G. K; Clinical psychology for trainees : foundations of science-informed practice ; Second edition; Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Sattler, Jerome M; Resource guide to accompany Foundations of Behavioral, Social and Clinical Assessment of Children ; 6th Ed; Jerome M. Sattler, Publisher, Inc, 2014.

Seymour, Fred et al; Psychology and the law in Aotearoa New Zealand ; 2nd edition; New Zealand Psychological Society, 2018.

Shea, Shawn C; Psychiatric interviewing : the art of understanding ; Third edition; Elsevier, 2017.

These Textbooks are required, you need to have access to them, but you do not have to own them.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,727.00

* 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 18

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

All PSYC643 Occurrences

  • PSYC643-23W (C) Whole Year 2023