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    The application and efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy techniques.

    In PSYC 406 students learn about, experience and practise the skills of cognitive-behavioural therapy in preparation for working with clients. Strategies taught include relaxation, exposure, problem solving, cognitive therapy, mindfulness and many more. For most students, this paper is their introduction to these strategies, and they enjoy the practical nature of this paper. Another important part and highlight of PSYC 406 is the presentation of cases by the fifth-year Clinical Psychology students. These provide insight and understanding into the cases that students are likely to experience the following year when they move into the Clinical Psychology Centre.

    About this paper

    Paper title Foundations of Clinical Intervention
    Subject Psychology
    EFTS 0.0833
    Points 10 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $723.96
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Students must also have been provisionally admitted to the PGDipClPs programme.

    Students who have been provisionally admitted to the Clinical Psychology Training Programme are required to take PSYC 401-406, each of which is a 10-point single-semester paper. PSYC 402-406 are for clinical students only.

    Teaching staff

    Sarah Kennedy

    Paper Structure

    This is a practical paper providing students with pre-clinical training in, and evaluation of, evidence-based intervention techniques, with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioural therapies. Students are involved in the Clinical Psychology Centre through their attendance at the Centre's weekly case presentations.

    Assessment: 50% of the final grade is based on internal assessment, including a written review of treatment outcome literature and presentations of the interventions taught during the semester. Students must also pass a Cognitive Therapy Mastery Test, which is required for terms but not assessed. The final examination makes up the other 50% of the final grade.

    Textbooks are not required for this paper.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Communication, Critical thinking, Research.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the paper will demonstrate:

    • A mastery of basic cognitive therapy
    • The ability to evaluate cognitive-behavioural interventions (in a written form)
    • Knowledge and understanding of a range of basic cognitive-behavioural strategies


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Wednesday 09:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
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