Course Structure and Sequence

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

Title of course of study:

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology course of study consists of 8 standard units each of 6 credit points, accumulating a total course credit point weighting of 48 credit points.


The course is delivered over one year full-time (or part-time equivalent). Reflective of the College’s trimester model, a standard annual full-time enrolment pattern is 8 units per year undertaken as 3 units + 3 units + 2 units.

Consistent with Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) requirements for 5th year psychology sequence courses the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is structured to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, attributes and competencies to become professional psychologists who are able to practice in a range of settings with diverse client populations. With a further twelve months of supervised practice approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) graduates are eligible for general registration as psychologists.

Course Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students will:

  1. Have advanced knowledge in the theories and models, evidence-base, principles and practice of professional psychology;
  2. Have knowledge of the ethical, legal and professional frameworks for professional psychology, and their application;
  3. Be skilled in the principles and practice of psychological assessment, including interviewing, psychological testing, diagnosis, and case formulation;
  4. Be skilled in the planning and conduct of psychological interventions;
  5. Apply the scientist-practitioner model to the critical evaluation and application of research related to the practice of professional psychology;
  6. Be skilled in effective oral and written communication with a wide range of clients and professionals; and
  7. Sensitively apply this knowledge and skills with a diverse range of clients, professionals and organisations.

The structure is as follows 

 

First Year

Total

Number of core psychology units:

8 x 500 level units

 

8 core psychology units

Number of elective units:

Nil

 

0 elective units

Total

8 units

8 units

Content of course of study

Credit points

Core units

First Year – Level 500

First Trimester

 

PSYC5012 Counselling, Communication and Culture

6

PSYC5022 Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

6

PSYC5032 Psychological Assessment for Professional Psychology

6

Second Trimester

PSYC5042 Lifespan Psychopathology: Adulthood and Ageing

6

PSYC5052 Lifespan Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents

6

PSYC5062 Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

6

Third Trimester

PSYC5072 Research Methods for Professional Psychology

6

PSYC5082 Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients

6

Elective units

Nil

NA

Specialisations

Not applicable

Course Protocols

To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, a candidate must satisfactorily complete all components of the course totaling a minimum of 48 credit points, within the maximum permitted duration for the course.

The maximum permitted duration for the course is 4 years.

Attendance at scheduled classes, supervision and practica/skills training is compulsory. All absences need to be documented in writing with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificates) and brought to the attention of the lecturer or supervisor concerned as soon as possible. Absence from scheduled coursework of two weeks or more in any unit of study must be notified to the Coordinator, Professional Psychology Programs with supporting documentation. Students who are absent from practical/skills training will be required to complete practical work to ensure that they have achieved relevant competencies and meet requirements for hours of clinical training, and this may mean extending the practical/skills training. Students who are unable to attend 90% of classes due to documented illness or misadventure will be required to meet with the unit coordinator to arrange additional work to ensure that they have completed the course content. Students are advised that failure to attend 10% or more of scheduled classes, supervision and practical/skills training without provision of satisfactory supporting documentation will result in a Fail grade for the unit of study.

Rules of Progression

There are no rules of progression for the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology

Pre-requisites for specific psychology core or elective units

  • PSYC5012 Communication, Counselling and Culture is a pre-requisite for all units with a practical component (PSYC5062 and PSYC5082).
  • PSYC5062 Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues is a pre-requisite for PSYC5082 Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients.
  • PSYC5012 Communication, Counselling and Culture and PSYC5032 Psychological Assessment for Professional Psychology are pre-requisites for PSYC5042 Lifespan Psychopathology: Adulthood and Ageing and PSYC5052 Lifespan Psychopathology: Children and Adolescents