Te Pou


Course outline – e-learning

  • Implementing Te Tau Titoki: A framework for understanding people on the autism spectrum

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Course outline – e-learning

  • An introduction to FASD

Engaging Pasifika – cultural competency training programme 

Course Outline

  • The foundational attitudes, knowledge and skills to safely engage with, and effectively deliver, quality services for Pasifika people and their families
Pasifika Education Centre

Koloa Pacific Cultural Intelligence Workshops - 1 day and 2-day customised workshops 

Course Outline

  • An opportunity to gain an understanding of diverse Pacific cultural values and an appreciation of the origins of Pacific peoples here in Aotearoa, and why Pacific cultural knowledge is important to Pacific communities in homes, schools and workplace settings.
  • The workshop is ideally targeted at non-Pacific and workplaces that have pacific staff members, or who work with Pacific people and communities.
  • The workshop is offered in a safe environment designed to give participants some practical examples of how to engage Pacific people well in the workplace, and Pacific communities through the work that they do.

Free Pasifika language courses online via ZOOM (20-hour courses face to face with a live tutor)

Course Outline 

  • Short 2-hour lessons taught over 10 weeks, once per week, facilitated face to face (via ZOOM). 
  • Students are expected to do at least 1 hour per week of practice and revision. 
  • Our courses offer you an introduction to your language and culture with the end goal of giving you confidence to use your language every day. 
The University of Waikato  - Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Pacific and Indigenous Studies – Level 7

Course outline

  • Global Histories
  • Pacific History
  • Language, Society and Culture
  • Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
  • Culture and Power in the Pacific
  • Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts
  • Contemporary Critical Issues in the Pacific
  • Pacific and Indigenous Studies Directed Study

Behaviour Analysis - Level 7

Course Outline

Behaviour Analysis is a scientific approach to understanding why people and animals do what they do. Studying behaviour analysis will teach you how both animal and human behaviour is affected by events in the social and physical environment and what you can do to produce behaviour change to help improve lives.

Forensic Psychology

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Security and Crime Science
  • Introduction to Forensic and Criminological Psychology
  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
  • Social Psychology, Health and Well-being
  • The Sociology of Crime, Deviance and Social Justice
  • Psychology and Crime
  • Correctional Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice

Intersectionalities; Identities and Inequalities - Level 8

Course Outline

Explain the nature of discrimination in political structures and policy on the basis of age, sexual orientation, gender, race and class. Critique policy from an intersectional perspective. Identify some key categories relevant to studying gender issues in policy, Explore absences in mainstream discourses and their implications (introduction to subaltern).

Inside Out

Tauiwi - ARC: Advancing Rainbow Competency

The standard ARC workshop is a 5 hour interactive workshop for up to 25 participants covering eight key learning objectives ranging from understanding of key concepts and terminology, to practical tips on professional practice, and applying learnings to common scenarios, covering the following topics:

  • Rainbow concepts and terminology
  • Key factors
  • Professional practice + service
  • Answering key questions
  • Protective factors and resilience
  • Gender affirming healthcare
  • Intersections of discrimination
  • Applying learnings and key concepts

Kaupapa Māori – Whakaahu Whakamua

A kaupapa Māori based approach to competency training for mental health and addiction service providers. Drawing from mātauranga within our pūrakau Māori we continue to (re)assert our cultural practices of resilience and diversity to celebrate our inherent mana motuhake.

Open Polytechnic

Psychology for Human Services (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 5: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Describe how key theories, concepts and ideas from individual and social psychology can be applied in the context of the human services
  • Explain the significance of the concept of culture for human psychology
  • Explain the significance of psychological theory in promoting health and wellbeing
  • Identify key facts, principles and concepts about the body and brain and recognize how they can be applied to functional relationships between physiological mechanisms and behaviour.

Psychology of Stress (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 5: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • The concept of stress and its relationship to health and disease
  • The biological, psychosocial and environmental elicitors of the stress response
  • Adaptive and maladaptive coping responses
  • Appropriate stress management and coping strategies.

Psychology of Grief (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 5: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • The psychological and physical needs of people who are dying;
  • Theories and patterns of grief; Specific Mäori practices relating to dying, loss and grief
  • Children’s and adolescents’ experiences and understandings
  • Experiences from the carer’s perspective
  • Facilitating and managing grief; grief counselling
  • Special types of loss; and organisations dealing with loss, grief and dying

Social and Individual Psychology (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 5: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Cross-cultural and indigenous psychologies
  • An Aotearoa / New Zealand perspective; Motivation
  • Emotion; Personality
  • Physical, cognitive and social development
  • Health, stress and coping
  • Psychological disorders
  • Psychological treatments
  • Attitudes and stereotypes
  • Interpersonal relationships

General and Applied Psychology (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 5: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • History and perspectives in psychology
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Biological bases of behaviour
  • Biological bases of behaviour
  • Sensation and perception
  • The nature of consciousness
  • Learning; Remembering and forgetting
  • Thought and language and theories of intelligence and intelligence testing.

Research Methods and Interpretation (Certificate of Proficiency) - Level 6: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • The characteristics of research as a way of knowing
  • Qualitative and quantitative research
  • Identifying the key elements of the research process
  • Distinguishing between specific research methods
  • Selecting justifying an appropriate research method
  • Evaluating published research against general criteria and criteria specific to the approach and method used.

Social Psychology - Level 6: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Groups and individuals
  • The self
  • Attitudes
  • Stereotyping and prejudice
  • Social influence
  • Social cognition
  • Social perception
  • Attraction
  • Prosocial behaviour
  • Aggression

Brain and Behaviour - Level 6: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • The history of neuroscience; neuroanatomy; neurophysiology and the cells of the central nervous system; vision and hearing; alcoholism; disorders of sleep; ingestive behaviour; neurophysiological disorders such as dyslexia, memory deficits, brain damage and strokes.

Thought, Memory and Language - Level 6: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Introducing cognitive psychology
  • Perception and attention
  • Perception and attention
  • Long-term memory
  • General knowledge
  • Mental imagery
  • Drawing conclusions and solving problems
  • Language comprehension and production
  • Reasoning and decision making.

Behaviour Modification - Level 6: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Behaviour assessment
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Extinction
  • Shaping
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • Fading
  • Chaining
  • Generalisation
  • Prompts
  • Stimulus discrimination training
  • Conditioned reinforcement
  • Treatment evaluation
  • Report writing and feedback.

Psychological Assessment - Level 7: 16 weeks

Course Outline

Understand and critically evaluate the theories under-pinning the design, development and use of selected psychological tests. Understand the limitations of selected approaches to measuring differences in human ability and performance on a range of dimensions (e.g. intelligence and personality). Understand the ethical issues surrounding and influencing the use of psychological tests and scales. Understand the factors involved in measuring and predicting employee performance. Correctly use a range of psychological tests, including those that measure intelligence, personality, aptitude, and interest.

Personality and Individual Differences - Level 7: 16 weeks

Course Outline

  • Definitions of personality
  • Major theories of personality, such as the psychoanalytic, cognitive and humanistic approaches
  • Objective and projective tests of personality and their use in, for example, therapeutic and organisational settings
  • Interviewing; Issues in measurement, such as reliability and validity.
Waikato Institute of Technology

 Preceptorship of Nurses in Practice

Course Outline

  • Communication theories and principles of adult learning
  • Documentation, including the Nursing Council of NZ Nursing Competencies
  • Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Preceptorship
  • Self-care through the process of Preceptorship
  • Management of a professional relationship between the student, preceptor and the Centre for Health and Social Practice.

Certificate of Proficiency

Course Outline

  • A Certificate of Proficiency (COP) allows you to experience a module within a course, without having to commit to the full qualification. It is suitable for those who want to study something that interests them. It is also a good option for those who want to test whether that subject or qualification may be something they wish to pursue more of in the future.

Paetahi Tumu Kōrero Bachelor of Counselling - Level 7: Full Time or Part Time

Course Outline

  • Te Timatanga / Introduction to Counselling
  • Te Pikinga / Introduction to Professional Counselling Practice
  • Te Pū; Te Ahurea/Cultural Identity
  • Te Hapori/Sociology
  • Te Whanaketanga/Human Development
  • Te Hinengaro/Psychology
  • Kaupapa Akoako / Counselling Theory and Practice; He Oranga Tinana / Counselling Change and Wellbeing in Practice
  • He Oranga Tangata / Foundations of Practice in Mental Health and Addiction
  • Te Whānau / Working with Whānau; Te Ture / Law, Ethics and Policy
  • Te Weu; Kaupapa Arotake / Development of Counselling Practice
  • Ngā Pou Kōrero / Presentation and Review of Counselling Practice
  • Rangahau Māori / Research and Professional Practice;
  • Te More. Practice focus electives - Assessing Addictions Issues and Co-existing Problems (CEP)
  • Counselling Interventions in Addictions and Co-Existing Problems (CEP)
  • Te Hunga Rangatahi / Working with Children and Young People
  • Ngā Iwi Taketake / Indigenous Liberation Studies; Kaupapa Tirohanga / Developing Issues focused Practice
  • Te Whakaruruhau / Care and Protection
  • Ngā Rongo 1 & 2

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy - Level 7: Full Time or Part Time

Course Outline

  • Students in this programme will learn to assess and treat people who, because of illness, injury or circumstance, are limited in their ability to undertake daily activities. Students will study occupational therapy theory on campus, with the practice components of the programme being applied during field work placements. The programme is delivered at Wintec, on the ​Hamilton City Campus, by Otago Polytechnic tutors.
Eastern Institute of Technology

Rapport 101 – Communication for Practitioners and Educators - Level 8: 6 weeks

Course Outline

Developing a philosophy of helping; Subtleties and nuances of interpersonal communication across clinical and educational settings; Listening and attending as communication skills with clients; Person-centred practice; Behaviour reflective of empathetic understanding; Advanced reflective practice; Communication appropriate to the context; Finding the right contextual tone

Support Positive Change - Level 8: 6 weeks

Course Outline

Developing a philosophy of supporting positive change; Motivational theories and principles; Range of strategies used in motivation; Goal setting; Motivating, facilitating and maintaining positive change in a diverse range of people

Working with Diverse Populations - Level 8: 6 weeks

Course Outline

Contextual tone, humility and curiosity when encountering diverse worldviews; Concepts of mana and tikanga and the broader New Zealand cultural context; Normativity and diversity; Personal explanatory models; Concepts of diversity and stigmatized social identities, and the impact on services and supports; Working with members of non-dominant populations; Self-awareness, beliefs and biases; Cultural safety in the context of power and privilege, Cultural safety in a specific context

Keepwell International

 Hearing Voices that are Distressing – a simulated training experience 

Course Outline

  • A workshop that includes both didactic presentation and experiential learning through a simulation of hearing voices that are distressing.


Disclaimer: this list is not exhaustive and from year-to-year providers and course availability might change (last updated 02 November 2021)