Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies

The Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies is designed for health professionals and volunteers, as well as individuals interested in a pathway towards becoming a psychotherapist and who are focused on a detailed understanding of human experience and behaviour. It is 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.

Quick facts

Code: AK3580
Level: 7
Points: 120
Duration: 1 year full-time / Part-time available (2 years or maximum 3 years)
Venue: North Campus
Start date: 26 February 2018

Apply now. There are limited places available for this qualification.

Want to enrol in the programme: Apply online

Entry requirements

  • A bachelor's degree OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor's degree
  • English language requirements

Interview process for this programme

You may be requested to participate in an interview process for acceptance into area of study. You will be contacted with interview details.

Recommended background for the Graduate Diploma includes:

  • That you have engaged in at least six months of your own personal psychotherapy
  • That you have evidence of people-helping experience, for example, counselling or similar

For more information about this contact:

Debra Spinetto
Phone: +64 9 921 9735

What this programme covers

This area of study will provide you with the theory and foundation skills of psychotherapy, including an understanding of human experience and human behaviour. There is an emphasis on self-awareness and experiential learning, so you learn to understand your own processes of interaction and develop effective communication skills.

You take the following papers:
Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar

MENH602 Mental Health and Psychopathology
PSYT701 Psychosocial Life Review
PSYT702 Social and Cultural Analysis
PSYT706 Psychotherapy Practice Skills
PSYT707 Relational Psychotherapy
PSYT712 Reflexivity and Relational Skills

There is also a requirement that you engage in your own personal psychotherapy during the course of study.

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies is designed to augment your knowledge, skills and employability if you work in an area that requires you to form professional relationships with patients. It also fulfils the entry criteria for the Master of Psychotherapy.

Contact us

Please contact the Programme Leader if you have any other questions about this psychotherapy programme:

Garjana Kosanke
Lecturer, AUT Psychotherapy Department
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8010

Last updated: 07-Feb-2018 11.30am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.