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The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice
These regulations are to be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.
1. Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice requires that the candidate will:
(a) have met the University admission requirements as specified; and
(b) have been awarded or qualified for a Master's or Doctoral degree specialising in psychology which is approved as meeting Psychologists Board requirements; and
(c) have been selected into the Diploma following a selection process which will include a written application, consideration of references and interview; and
(d) have provided evidence to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate that they are currently, or will be, in employment (paid or unpaid) in a work place where their activities require them to engage in psychologically-based practice, and where the organisation has agreed that 1500 hours during one year be designated as internship hours;
(e) have provided evidence to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate of appropriate supervision arrangements in respect to their psychology practice;
(f) have met the requirements set down by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act in terms of good character and reputation, and is a fit and proper person to be registered;
(g) be registered by the New Zealand Psychologists Board as an Intern Psychologist.
2. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice shall follow a flexible course of study, which shall consist of 800-level courses totalling at least 120 credits, comprising:
(a) courses specified in the Schedule to the Diploma; and including
(b) attending contact courses, block courses, workshops, tutorials, and laboratories as required.
3. The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice is awarded without endorsement.
4. Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice shall perform to the satisfaction of the Academic Board or their delegate at least one year of full-time professional psychology practice, or equivalent, in accordance with the requirements of the following courses: 175.853 Practicum in Psychological Practice Part I; 175.854 Practicum in Psychological Practice Part II.
5. The timeframes for completion as outlined in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates will apply.
6. Notwithstanding Regulation 5, Academic Board or their delegate may approve a period of suspension or extension where they are satisfied that a change in employment circumstances is likely to adversely affect the candidate's programme of study. Suspensions or extensions granted will appear on the academic transcript.
7. The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice is awarded without distinction or merit.
8. Candidates may be graduated when they meet the Admission, Qualification and Academic requirements within the prescribed timeframes.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress
9. The general Unsatisfactory Academic Progress regulations will apply.
Schedule for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice
Compulsory courses (120 credits from)
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Last updated on Monday 20 September 2021