PSYC651-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Psychotherapeutic Methods

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, which is restricted to clinical psychology postgraduate students, provides students with a basic understanding of the conceptual foundations of cognitive and behavioural therapies for child, adolescent and adult disorders. To this end, the course will explore the theory, application and processes of cognitive and behavioural intervention approaches with reference to specific psychological disorders or problematic behaviour patterns, as well as highlight pertinent empirical data on the effectiveness of the various psychological interventions reviewed.

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 Note

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


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

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Beck, Judith S; Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond ; Third Edition; Guilford Press, 2020.

Ehrenreich-May, Jill , Chu, Brian C; Transdiagnostic treatments for children and adolescents : principles and practice ; The Guilford Press, 2014.

Kazantzis, Nikolaos , Reinecke, Mark A., Freeman, Arthur; Cognitive and behavioral theories in clinical practice ; [1st ed.]; Guilford Press, 2009.

Miller, William R., and Stephen Rollnick; Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change ; Third Edition; Guilford Publications, 2012.

Rosengren, David B; Building motivational interviewing skills : a practitioner workbook ; Second edition; Guilford Press, 2018.

Recommended Reading

Arkowitz, Hal , Miller, William R., Rollnick, Stephen; Motivational interviewing in the treatment of psychological problems ; Second edition; The Guilford Press, 2015.

Beck, Judith S; Cognitive therapy for challenging problems : what to do when the basics don't work ; Guilford Press, 2005.

Ledley, D.R., Marx, B.P., and Heimberg, R.G; Making Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Work: Clinical Process for New Practitioners ; 3rd Ed; Guilford Press, 2020.

Miller, William R., and Moyers, Theresa B; Effective Psychotherapists; Clinical skills that improve clients outcomes ; Guilford Press, 2021.

Naar, S. & Safren, S. A; Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness ; Guilford Press, 2017.

Narr,-King S. & Suarez, M; Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults ; Second Edition; Guilford Press, 2021.

Roth, Anthony. , Fonagy, Peter; What works for whom? : a critical review of psychotherapy research ; 2nd ed; Guilford Press, 2005.

Stinson, J. D. & Clark, M; Motivational Interviewing with Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation and Reentry ; Guilford Press, 2017.

Wagner, Christopher C. , Ingersoll, Karen S; Motivational interviewing in groups ; Guilford Publications, Inc., 2013.

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

Additional readings will be assigned by Lecturers and posted on Learn|AKO.

Course links

Library portal

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.

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

All PSYC651 Occurrences

  • PSYC651-23W (C) Whole Year 2023