PSYC653-24X (C) General non-calendar-based 2024

Year 2 Practicum

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 5 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 17 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 18 February 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 8 September 2024


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 some experience with psychological intervention and therapy from your supervisor guided by the powhiri process, as well as gaining additional experience with psychological assessment. Additional emphasis is placed on the development of bicultural competence, delivered through a combination of teaching and opportunities to work with tangata whai ora through a kaupapa Maori service. Students will participate in two practicum placements. The first practicum placement is on campus in The Psychology Centre in Terms 1-2, students are expected to attend approximately two days a week of clinic work. The second practicum placement is in the community for two days per week for 16 weeks in Terms 2-4.

This course is limited to students selected into the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc).

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 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 437
26 Feb - 3 Mar
25 Mar - 31 Mar
15 Apr - 21 Apr
27 May - 2 Jun
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30 Psychology - Sociology 311
13 May - 19 May
Workshop C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 456
24 Jun - 30 Jun
8 Jul - 14 Jul
22 Jul - 28 Jul
5 Aug - 11 Aug
19 Aug - 25 Aug
2 Sep - 8 Sep
16 Sep - 22 Sep
30 Sep - 6 Oct
Workshop D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Jack Erskine 241
7 Oct - 13 Oct

Timetable Note

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

Course Coordinators

Neil Thompson and Caitlin Aberhart


Martin Dorahy


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

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Beck, J.S; Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond ; Third edition; New York Guilford Press, 2021.

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 ; Third 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 ; Third edition; Oxford : 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 AKO|LEARN.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,219.00

* 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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