PSYC661-23W (C) Whole Year 2023

Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology 1

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 is a survey of advanced topics in clinical psychology that builds upon previous courses in psychopathology assessment, and professional practice. The objectives of the course are to: - Increase specialist knowledge of areas of clinical psychology that have not been addressed more fully in the programme and which require more foundational knowledge - Develop more sophisticated assessment knowledge and skills regarding social, cultural and ethical issues. By the end of the course, students will have more knowledge regarding specific specialist areas in clinical psychological, will have a greater understanding of cultural, social and ethical factors impacting on psychological presentation and will have a more integrate knowledge of assessment and practice.

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.


(1) PSYC651, PSYC653, PSYC654 (2) Entry is subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

Enrolled students should consult the course outline on Learn | AKO for detailed timetable information.


Enrolled students should consult the course outline on Learn | AKO for detailed assessment information.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Andrews, D.A., & Bonta, J; The Psychology of Criminal Conduct ; 6th edition; Anderson Publishing Co, 2016.

Carr, A. Linehan, C. O'Reilly, G. Walsh, P. N. McEvoy, J; The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice ; Second edition; Routledge, 2016.

Durie, Mason; Mauri ora : the dynamics of Maori health ; Oxford University Press, 2001.

Waitoki, W. Levy, M. P; Te Manu Kai I Te Maatauranga Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand ; First edition; Wellington, New Zealand : The New Zealand Psychological Society, 2016.

Ward, Tony , Polaschek, Devon L. L., Beech, Anthony R; Theories of sexual offending ; Wiley, 2006.

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

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 PSYC661 Occurrences

  • PSYC661-23W (C) Whole Year 2023