PSYC653-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023

Year 2 Practicum

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 6 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 19 February 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 10 September 2023


The course objective is to provide the opportunity for students to apply the science and practice of clinical psychology in the context of practicum placements. The focus for the year 2 practicum is on students gaining further experience with psychological assessment, and gaining some experience with psychological intervention/therapy, with students being given the opportunity to observe and participate in intervention/therapy. Students will participate in two 12-week practicum placements in the community of two days per week in Terms 2-4. Students are also expected to complete a practicum at the Psychology Centre of approximately two days a week for Term 1.

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 available on Learn|AKO for detailed timetable information.

Course Coordinators

Neil Thompson and Caitlin Aberhart


Martin Dorahy

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Beck, J.S; Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond ; 3rd edition; New York Guilford Press, 2020.

Friedberg, Robert D. , McClure, Jessica M; Clinical practice of cognitive therapy with children and adolescents : the nuts and bolts ; Second edition; Guilford Press, 2015.

Recommended Reading

Norcross, J. C., & Lambert, M. J; Psychotherapy relationships that work: Volume 1: Evidence-based therapist contributions ; 3rd edition; Oxford University Press, 2019.

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

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.

Wampold, B. E., & Norcross, J. C; Psychotherapy Relationships that Work: Volume 2: Evidence-Based Therapist Responsiveness ; 3rd edition; Oxford University Press, 2019.

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

Additional readings are available 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 .

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  • PSYC653-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023