PSYC446-22W (C) Whole Year 2022

Frontiers of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy I

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 20 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 28 August 2022


This course will provide advanced CBT formulation skills, teaching students to conceptualise mental health and substance misuse presentations using the Abductive Theory of Method. Students will critically appraise process issues in cognitive behavioural treatment, and will develop a detailed understanding of trauma informed practice. The course will explore the theory, application and processes of cognitive and behavioural interventions with more complex psychological problems. It will also provide an understanding of how to adapt and apply CBT for delivery to Maori and other ethnic groups.

PSYC446 provides advanced cognitive behavioural assessment, formulation, and intervention skills. Students will gain critical appraisal skills about process issues and enhancing motivation in cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT). Continued emphasis on bicultural practice is a focus of this course, along with increasing skills in working with Pasifika peoples. The course develops skills in working with children and adolescents and with groups. A focus of this course is working with clients with more complex presentations, such as when comorbid mental health disorders are present and using trauma-informed CBT.

Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes represent what you will know and be able to do as a result of active engagement in the learning processes during PSYC446. Below is a table that represents the intended learning outcomes of this course, along with the associated learning methods and assessment tasks.


Subject to the approval of the Programme Director.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 18:00 Wheki 451
21 Mar - 27 Mar
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00 Wheki 451
21 Mar - 27 Mar
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00 Wheki 451
21 Mar - 27 Mar
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 18:00 21 Mar - 27 Mar
Intensive Block Course E
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 18:00 21 Mar - 27 Mar

Course Coordinator

Virginia McIntosh


Kathryn Taylor

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Beck, J.S; Cognitive therapy for challenging problems: What to do when the basics don't work ; Guilford Press, 2011.

Kennerley, H., Kirk, J., & Westbrook, D; An introduction to cognitive behaviour therapy: Skills & applications ; 3rd; Sage Publications, 2017.

Recommended Reading

Beck, J. S; Cognitive therapy: Basics and beyond ; The Guilford Press, 1995.

Kazantzis, N., Reinecke, M., & Freeman, A; Cognitive and behavioral theories in clinical practice ; Guilford Press, 2010.

Ledley, D.R., Marx, B.P. & Heimberg, R.G; Making cognitive-behavioral therapy work: Clinical process for new practitioners ; 2nd; Guilford Press, 2010.

Persons, J.B; The case formulation approach to cognitive behaviour therapy ; Guilford Press, 2012.

Shea, S.C; Psychiatric interviewing: The art of understanding ; 3rd; Elsevier, 2017.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,101.00

* 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.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 24

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the departments and faculties page .

All PSYC446 Occurrences

  • PSYC446-22W (C) Whole Year 2022