The AUT postgraduate programmes in psychology provide a pathway towards application for registration as a Counselling Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board*.
Counselling Psychology is a sub-specialty within psychology that focuses on health and well-being, and collaboration between psychologist and client to achieve desired mental health outcomes. Counselling Psychologists acknowledge the importance of medical, psychosocial and cultural perspectives in understanding and explaining both the formation of mental illness and problem behaviour, and in understanding, explaining and implementing the treatment and caring regimes to sensitively address illness and problem issues.
For counselling psychologists research and practice are not distinct activities. Counselling psychology is committed to building on the concept of scientist-practitioner by producing:
The following three years of study will enable graduates to apply for registration as a counselling psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board:
Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) in Psychology:
Entry requirements for the Master of Health Science in Psychology:
Papers in the Masters of Health Science in Psychology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology are integrated, allowing you to complete these two qualifications in 2 years full time or 3 years part time.
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology papers (120 points)
And complete the following papers:
589603 Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis (15 points)
589604 Psychological Intervention (30 points)
589605 Supervised Practicum (15 points)
589616 Practice Research Project (60 points)
Applicant must have personal qualities that show suitability for this programme, including supplying references and satisfying a police check. An interview may be required at this stage.
Papers in the Master of Health Science in Psychology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology are offered in integrated form, allowing students to complete these two degrees in two years of full time study or three years of part time study.
You complete the following papers:
589606 Theories of Counselling Psychology (15 points)
589607 Professional Frameworks, Issues and Applications (15 points)
589608 Counselling Psychology Internship A (45 points)
589609 Counselling Psychology Internship B (45 points)
These coursework programmes provide students with the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study in the field of mental health and addictions.
The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises of papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research. Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.
* This is the only postgraduate psychology pathway that leads to registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and allows you to practice as a psychologist.
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.