Interested in a career in psychotherapy? Already have a degree? The Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies can prepare you for further study in the Master of Psychotherapy.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies is designed for health professionals and volunteers, as well as individuals interested in becoming a psychotherapist and focused on a detailed understanding of human experience and behaviour. It’s the first stage of AUT’s integrated psychotherapy programme that leads to qualification as a beginning psychotherapist.
Graduates who go on to complete the Master of Psychotherapy can apply for provisional membership of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and under an interim scope of practice with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.
We encourage you to apply as soon as applications are open. Places are limited, and there are often more applications than available places. Once we have received your application, we may ask you to provide further information. Your application can only be assessed when you have provided all of the information requested.
Explore the theory and foundation skills of psychotherapy, and develop an understanding of human experience and human behaviour.
There’s an emphasis on self-awareness and experiential learning, so you learn to understand your own processes of interaction and develop effective communication skills.
There is also a requirement that you engage in your own personal psychotherapy during the course of study.
The Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy courses are designed for health professionals, teachers, youth workers and individuals who have extensive experience of working with children and who have a strong interest in becoming a specialist child and adolescent psychotherapist. Courses provide you with in-depth knowledge of observational studies, infant and child development and a strong theoretical framework from which to progress towards the clinical component of this training.
Currently this is the only specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy training on offer in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
Offered in Semester 1 only (starts February).
Graduates who go on to further postgraduate clinical study with children and adolescents will be expected to apply for student membership of the New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and under an interim scope of practice (working with children) with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand website
Choose eight 15-point courses including at least four of the five listed below, with the rest from a related programme, subject to the approval of the programme leader.
This includes the requirement that you engage in your own weekly personal psychotherapy for the duration of this course of study.
You may need to participate in an interview process for acceptance into this area of study. We will contact you with interview details.
The recommended background for this programme includes:
For more information about this contact:
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.