PSYCH562-22B (HAM)

Theories of Psychotherapy

15 Points

Edit Header Content
Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Psychology


Edit Staff Content




Placement/WIL Coordinator(s)


Student Representative(s)

Lab Technician(s)



You can contact staff by:

  • Calling +64 7 838 4466 select option 1, then enter the extension.
  • Extensions starting with 4, 5, 9 or 3 can also be direct dialled:
    • For extensions starting with 4: dial +64 7 838 extension.
    • For extensions starting with 5: dial +64 7 858 extension.
    • For extensions starting with 9: dial +64 7 837 extension.
    • For extensions starting with 3: dial +64 7 2620 + the last 3 digits of the extension e.g. 3123 = +64 7 262 0123.
Edit Staff Content

Paper Description

Edit Paper Description Content
The aim of the paper is to facilitate students’ understanding of the major Western systems of contemporary psychotherapy. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge of an integrative model as an intellectual and applied framework for understanding the effective components of various therapeutic methods in the treatment of psychological problems. Seminars and class exercises will give students opportunities to be actively involved in reading, examining, and critically discussing psychological theories that underpin past and current treatment approaches.
Edit Paper Description Content

Paper Structure

Edit Paper Structure Content

The class meets Wednesdays during Trimester B from 2:00pm to 4:00pm in room I.1.09. The goal of each class is to balance theory and application as well as to critically analyse and evaluate the theories by comparing and contrasting their strengths and limitations. The focus of the discussions, activities and student presentations is the relationship of theory with practice through real-world applications.

These face-to-face workshops will be supplemented by online recorded lecture content and activities.

Edit Paper Structure Content

Learning Outcomes

Edit Learning Outcomes Content

Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe and summarise critical aspects of theories of psychotherapy.
    Linked to the following assessments:
  • Apply theories of psychotherapy to analyse clinical cases by interpreting and formulating hypotheses with reference to information given.
    Linked to the following assessments:
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the usefulness of a theoretical approach to therapy by evaluating strengths and limitations using APA format and empirically-supported research from peer-reviewed journals.
    Linked to the following assessments:
Edit Learning Outcomes Content
Edit Learning Outcomes Content


Edit Assessments Content
Assessment will be through a presentation, workbook, online tests and a comprehensive case study. Please see below for further details.
Edit Additional Assessment Information Content

Assessment Components

Edit Assessments Content

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 75:25. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 25% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 75:25 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 25% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Workbook
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Presentation
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Case study
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Online tests
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
Edit Assessments Content

Required and Recommended Readings

Edit Required Readings Content

Required Readings

Edit Required Readings Content

You will get the most out of the class, and contribute to the experience of the class as a whole, if you come to class having read the assigned readings and thought about the topic, and prepared to discuss and ask questions. As 500-level students, you will be expected to contribute to discussions.

Recommended text
Students are recommended to purchase:
Prochaska, J.O., & Norcross, J.C. (2018). Systems of psychotherapy: A transtheoretical analysis (9th ed.). Oxford University Press.

The assignments will require an understanding of models highlighted in the text and the exam will relate to material presented in this text. In order for the lectures to make sense, and given the size of the text, you are strongly advised to read the relevant chapters (or sections thereof) prior to each session.

It is important that you access the 9th edition of this textbook as it is required reading for the final exam.

Edit Required Readings Content

Recommended Readings

Edit Recommended Readings Content

Over the course of this paper, you will be exposed to recommended texts to develop your specific interests further. These suggested references are not compulsory for this course. However, you should be very familiar with the basic concepts of abnormal psychology and the organization and assumptions of the newly released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) (DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013). If it has been some time since you completed your abnormal psychology paper, it would be wise to review a current (i.e., 2014) abnormal psychology text.

Students are expected to familiarise themselves with appropriate psychology journals in the areas of clinical psychology, psychotherapy, and behaviour change, and read beyond the set readings for their writing assignments, and to follow up on individual questions and interests. In reading and considering material, students are expected to reflect on the impact of cultural differences, as well as the complex interplay of psychological, biological, and social forces. Some recommended journals include (and are available on the Browzine app - see Library homepage if you do not have this):

  • Psychotherapy Research
  • Clinical Case Studies
  • Clinical Psychology Review
  • Clinical psychology: Science and Practice
  • Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychiatry
  • Person-centered & Experiential Psychotherapies
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Behaviour Research & Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy & Research
  • Journal of Constructivist Psychology
Edit Recommended Readings Content

Online Support

Edit Online Support Content
Availability of lecture notes
Copies of the lecture PowerPoint notes normally will be available on Moodle. Please note that some of these resources may be copy-written by the publisher of the text book. Please check the publisher’s rules about how copy-written material can be used.
Edit Online Support Content


Edit Workload Content
The expected workload in terms of both contact hours and hours for study and assessment for this paper is 150 hours over the course of the paper, or roughly 12 to 13 hours per week.
Edit Workload Content

Linkages to Other Papers

Edit Linkages Content
PSYC562 is a core pre-requisite paper for students applying for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) Programme.
Edit Linkages Content


Prerequisite papers: PSYC338 pr PSYCH338




Restricted Papers: PSYC562

Edit Linkages Content