Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology
The limited entry Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology is designed for students who wish to become registered child and family psychologists with the New Zealand Psychologists' Board.
It involves a programme of academic study and professional development which consists of practicums and internships. The programme is based within the renowned School of Health Sciences at UC and students can get applied experience in the Pukemanu-Dovedale Centre which offers free counselling for families in the Christchurch region.
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Qualification specific requirements
Candidates wishing to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology must have either:
- a bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology, or
- a bachelor's degree with a major in Education and at least 135 points in Psychology, with at least 45 points in Psychology at 200-level, and 60 points in Psychology at 300-level or above, or
- any relevant bachelor's degree and a Graduate Diploma in Arts or a Graduate Diploma in Science in Psychology, or
- a bachelor's degree with a major in Education or Teaching and a minor in Psychology, provided that the candidate is also enrolled in an approved Master of Education.
Candidates must also have completed the following courses:
- a pass in PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics, or an equivalent research methods paper, and
- CFPY601 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
- CFPY602 Child Development: Research Contexts and Applications
- CFPY603 Introduction to Interventions
- CFPY604 Counselling and Psychology: Theories and Skills
- HLTH472 Introduction to Psychometric Theory and Administration and an approved research methods course or equivalent, as approved by the Director, Health Sciences Centre.
They must also either be currently enrolled in, or have completed a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MSc) in Child and Family Psychology, or equivalent; or be currently enrolled in, or have completed a PhD approved by the Director, Health Sciences Centre. The PGDipChFamPsyc can be started after Part I (Foundation Year) of the MA or MSc in Child and Family Psychology or an approved Master of Education* is completed. This programme can be started alongside the second year of the master’s or in a subsequent year.
* Transitional arrangements: A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology, who has previously completed the Endorsed Degree of Master of Education in Child and Family Psychology, may complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology under the 2009 regulations, by following a course of study approved by the Dean of Education, provided they commence enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology before 31 December 2013. This transitional arrangement shall lapse on 31 December 2016.
This is a limited-entry qualification and a special application is required for this programme – see 'How to apply' below.
Candidates also need to be approved by the Dean of Education.
For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology or use the admission requirements checker.
Qualification structure and duration
The Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology involves a programme of academic study and professional development which consists of the Practicum Year and the Internship Year. The Internship Year begins once the academic component and Practicum Year is completed.
The diploma incorporates five courses equivalent to 1.625 EFTS (195 points) and supervised full-time practical work in one or more institutions approved by the Head of School, School of Health Sciences. Such practical work will normally be the equivalent of one year. Under some circumstances, with the approval of the Head of School, School of Health Sciences, the practical work may be completed over two or more years.
A candidate will normally complete the diploma within two years from the date of first enrolment. Students are able to complete the PGDipChFamPsyc part-time. A part-time candidate may complete the diploma within four years from the date of first enrolment.
Subjects and courses
For the up-to-date schedule of courses, visit our University Regulations website.
How to apply
Entry is limited to a maximum of 12 places – applications close on 1 October each year. For more application details and the application form for this limited entry programme, please see the School of Health Sciences Child and Family Psychology web page.
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For more details and the enrolment process see the Child and Family Psychology page.
For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology.
For course advice contact a Student Advisor in the College of Education, Health and Human Development:
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800