PSYC522-21D (HAM)

Bicultural Approaches to Clinical Practice

20 Points

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PSYC522 concerns the development of skills, knowledge and awareness of working with culturally diverse peoples – An area of competency which is considered integral to professional and practice issues in clinical training in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Note also that PSYC522 is connected with PSYC521, insofar as they share the same exams. In other words the mid-year and final exams will cover material from both courses.

The purpose of the 522 course is to provide knowledge of bicultural theory and practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand and of the implications of biculturalism for mental health systems. Students will gain an understanding of the impact of individual worldviews with reference to clinical assessment, formulation and treatment. The focus will be on increasing awareness of bi-cultural and diversity issues, and on encouraging the development of protocols for working effectively with clients with reference to contextual issues and cultural needs.
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Paper Structure

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The class meets Mondays during Semester B from 1:00pm to 3:00 in room K3.19, every week. The goal of each class is to balance theory, research, reflection, and application. The lectures will comprise of teaching/presentations/discussions/and small group work based around selected readings). Each student will be expected to deliver a personal development plan and a portfolio of cultural resources and personal reflections.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • identify and discuss cultural issues in relation to clinically-relevant examples;
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  • demonstrate knowledge about the standards of clinical and cultural competency as described by the New Zealand Psychologists’ Board;
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  • demonstrate reflectiveness about own self-awareness in terms of culture and be able to identify and articulate personal goals set during the year in enhancing cultural competence;
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  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact/role(s) of client cultural contexts in initial assessments, formulations, and treatment planning.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment I: Portfolio
2. Assessment II: Personal development plan
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There are no required readings. However, readings will be disseminated or notified in class or via email pertaining to relevant topics and students are highly recommended to digest this material.
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Recommended Readings

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Barlow, D. H., Durand, V. M., & Hofmann, S. G. (2016). Abnormal psychology: An integrative approach. Cengage.

Durie, M. (2001). Mauri Ora: The dynamics of Maori health. Melbourne, VIC: Oxford University Press.

Kennerley, H., Kirk, J., & Westbrook, D. (2017). An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications. Sage.

Kingi, T., Durie, M., Elder, H., Tapsell, R., Lawrence, M., & Bennett, S. (2018). Maea te toi ora: Maori health transformations. Huia.

Seymour, F., Blackwell, S., & Tamatea, A. (Eds.). (2018). Psychology and the Law in Aotearoa New Zealand (3rd ed). Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Psychological Society.

Speigler, M. D. (205). Contemporary behavior therapy (6th ed.). Cengage.

Waitoki, W. M., Feather, J. S., Robertson, N. R., & Rucklidge, J. J. (Eds.). (2016). Professional practice of psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand (3rd ed.). Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Psychological Society.

Waitoki, W., & Levy, M. (2016). Te Manu Kai i Te Mātauranga: Indigenous Psychology in Aotearoa / New Zealand. New Zealand Psychological Society.*

* this book is highly recommended as part of preparing for your observation placement at Haoura Waikato. The book can be found in the library, or purchased for a student discount through the NZPS website.

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Other Resources

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Students are expected to be familiar with the international clinical psychology literature throughout their training. The following relevant (but by no means exhaustive) selection of journals are available on Browzine:

Clinical Psychology Review

Annual Review of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice

Journal of Clinical Psychology

British Journal of Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychologist

Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

New Zealand Journal of Psychology

Psychotherapy Research


Psychiatry, Psychology and Law

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Online Support

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PSYC Café. A communication space for students studying psychology. Available on Moodle

Graduate virtual common room. The Graduate Virtual Common Room has been designed to help you locate the resources you are likely to need as a graduate student, to find out what is happening in the School and to network with other graduate students.

Other information of importance to all students which can be accessed on the Psychology Department website at

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a graduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 10 hours per week, including class contact time. This figure is only an approximation.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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PSYC521, PSYC523, and PSYC524

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Prerequisite papers: PSYCH556, PSYCH562, PSYCH564, PSYCH575, PSYCH581




Restricted papers: PSYC702

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