Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology

Counselling psychology focuses on health and wellbeing, and collaboration between psychologist and client to achieve desired mental health outcomes. Study the AUT Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology gives you the option to complete a pathway towards registration as a psychologist in New Zealand.

The Master of Health Science in Psychology is usually the prerequisite to the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, which is the last component of tertiary study for eligibility to register with the New Zealand Psychologists' Board.

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the following or equivalent:

  • Master of Health Science with a specialisation in Psychology; OR
  • Relevant master’s degree in psychology and have passed the papers (Psychological Intervention, Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis, Supervised Practicum); OR
  • Relevant master’s degree in psychology and papers equivalent to those listed above

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology, followed by the Master of Health Science in Psychology, may enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, subject to registration with the NZ Psychologists’ Board as an intern psychologist, and the securement of a suitable internship position (AUT has a number of internship providers, but agencies tend to interview for these positions).

In some cases, a further interview for selection into the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology may be required.

Direct entry into the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology is not possible as the Master of Health Science/Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology is offered as an integrated package.

International student entry requirements

Other requirements

  • May be required to meet Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Vulnerable Children’s Act (VCA Act) requirements and other relevant legislation

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0

English language requirements

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:

  • Practitioners informed by research findings
  • A science informed by practice issues

FAQs Counselling Psychology

Complete the following papers

And complete 1,500 practice hours

The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology internship is an integral part of the programme and is a full year of practice (four days a week working in a practice setting – the equivalent of 1,500 hours as required by the Psychologists’ Board) and one day a week on campus at the AUT North Campus.

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK1232
Level:
8
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$8,540
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$35,820
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. The exact tuition fee will depend on papers selected and may exceed this figure.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, the tuition fee may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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