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 Child and Family Psychology programme is based within the renowned Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences at UC, and students can get applied experience in the Pukemanu Centre which offers free counselling for families in the Ōtautahi Christchurch region.
Those wishing to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology must have either:
- a bachelor's degree in Psychology
- a bachelor's degree in Education, and at least 135 points of courses in Psychology, with at least 45 points at 200-level and 60 points at 300-level or above
- any bachelor's degree, and a Graduate Diploma in Arts or a Graduate Diploma in Science in Psychology
- a bachelor's degree in Education or Teaching and a minor in Psychology, and enrolment in an approved Master of Education.
You 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 a PhD, or equivalent study approved by the Director, School of Health Sciences.
The PGDipChFamPsyc can be started after Part I of the MA or MSc in Child and Family Psychology (or an approved Master of Education) is completed. This programme can then be started alongside the second year of the master’s, or in a subsequent year.
You must also have completed the following courses:
- PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics (or an equivalent research methods paper)
- CFPY601 Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
- CFPY602 Child Development: Research Contexts and Applications
- CFPY603 Introduction to Interventions
- COUN671 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, School of Health Sciences.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology or use the admission requirements checker.
The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. This qualification requires students to undertake placements in the community, including in schools/kura, early childhood centres, or health/medical facilities.
For this qualification, you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.
How to apply
The Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology has a specialised application process. Please see the Application and Selection information page to find out more and how to apply.
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The Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology involves a programme of academic study and professional development which consists of Summer School, 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 195 points, and supervised full-time practical work in one or more institutions approved by the Director, School of Health Sciences. Such practical work will normally be the equivalent of one year. Under some circumstances, with the approval of the Director, School of Health Sciences, the practical work may be completed over two or more years.
You will normally complete the Diploma within 2 years full-time, with usually 1 year made up of practical work. You are also able to complete the PGDipChFamPsyc part-time within 4 years.
The Diploma is made up of five courses:
- CFPY501 Models of Practice in Child and Family Psychology
- CFPY502 Professional Skills and Practicum
- CFPY503 Advanced Academic Development
- CFPY504 Advanced Professional Practice in Child and Family Psychology
- CFPY505 Structuring and Examining Professional Practice
After completing CFPY501 and CFPY502, you will then complete supervised full-time practical work in one or more institutions.
Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement, and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
- Te Rōpū Rapuara | UC Careers can help you to achieve the career you want, connect with employers, or find a job.
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- Come along to an upcoming information event for prospective postgraduate students.
See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2021||195||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$14,410|
|2021||195||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$14,654|
|Year||Points||Info||Fees (NZD)||Fees (NZD) Excl GST|
|2022||195||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$65,000||$56,522|
|2023||195||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$66,625||$57,935|
See more information about our Child and Family Psychology programme.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology.
For study planning help, contact our Student Advisor team.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health.