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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 culture and diversity, and ethical issues. This includes deepening competency in working with Maori delivered through a 2-day workshop. 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.
This course is limited to students selected into the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc).
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.
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.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Enrolled students should consult the course outline on AKO|LEARN for detailed timetable information.
Enrolled students should consult the course outline on AKO|LEARN for detailed assessment information.
Andrews, D.A., & Bonta, J;
The psychology of criminal conduct
New York : Routledge, 2024.
Carr, A., Linehan, C., O'Reilly, G., Walsh, P.N., & McEvoy, J;
The Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Clinical Psychology Practice
London ; New York, NY : Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2016.
Mauri ora : the dynamics of Ma¯ori health
Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press, 2001.
Waitoki, W. Levy, M. P;
Te Manu Kai I Te Maatauranga Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand : The New Zealand Psychological Society, 2016.
Ward, T., Polaschek, D. L. L., & Beech, A. R;
Theories of sexual offending
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, 2006.
These Textbooks are required, you need to have access to them, but you do not have to own them.
Domestic fee $2,219.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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