Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice

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Degree Name:

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice

Degree Code:


Level of Qualification:



1 year full time^

Number of Units:

Students complete the following 3 units on an annual basis:

  • PSYC5432 Professional Psychology: Assessment, Intervention, Ethics and Communication
  • PSYC5422 Advanced Professional Psychology Practice: Supervision
  • PSYC5412 Advanced Professional Psychology Practice: Working with Clients

Study Load:

3 units per trimester, full time


On campus - Sydney and Melbourne, Blended delivery/online – National

Student Placement:

1,360 hours in total

Award Title:

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice

Cricos Code:


^ Maximum permitted duration 3 years, subject to regulatory or professional association requirements


The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice (GDPPP) provides a sixth year of professional training in psychology for fifth-year APAC accredited psychology graduates seeking to complete the 5+1 pathway to registration.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice involves extensive hands-on psychological practice and we work collaboratively with you to find a suitable long-term internship, or to support you in your existing internship / work-role. All students receive regular individual and group supervision, delivered by experienced staff who are familiar with Psychology Board of Australia requirements. Sixty hours of professional development are provided, tailored to the eight core competencies. Additionally, all students receive guidance on case study development, NPE preparation and assistance with all AHPRA paperwork.

Students in the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice will experience the benefits of completing their sixth year within the structure and support of a higher education provider. This includes guidance in securing internships with reputable organisations, the support of a community of fellow students and staff, and advocacy where required. Students will also have access to a variety of practical resources such as intervention protocols, video demonstrations and psychometric assessments.

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice has been developed in alignment with Psychological Sciences’ educational philosophy that aims to provide students with comprehensive evidenced-based theoretical and practical learning and with close reference to the Psychology Board of Australia General Registration Standard. 

The course objectives of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice are:

  1. demonstrate the ethical and professional standards of conduct and practice required of a psychologist
  2. demonstrate the integration of psychological theory and practice
  3. demonstrate relevant psychological principles, knowledge and skills in a wide variety of professional settings, with a variety of client groups (such as individuals, groups, couples, families, organisations) and client presentations (such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, work effectiveness, change management, selection and recruitment, promotion of wellbeing)
  4. demonstrate competence in the administration and interpretation of a range of psychological assessment tools and techniques
  5. demonstrate skills in diagnosing psychological disorders and formulating, delivering, recording and reporting appropriate interventions and outcomes
  6. demonstrate the capacity to work collaboratively with a variety of professionals
  7. cultivate self-evaluation skills to develop awareness of professional competence and limitations
  8. participate in and understand the philosophy of ongoing professional development in order to maintain and increase their effectiveness as a psychologist, and
  9. participate effectively in the supervision process with an approved supervisor(s).

Professional Accreditation

The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice is accredited with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency.

Graduate Attributes

  1. Knowledge of psychological principles, professional ethics and standards; theories of individual and systemic functioning and change; dysfunctional behaviour; psychopathology; and the cultural bases of behaviour and organisational systems
  2. Appropriate application of legal, ethical and professional aspects of psychological practice;
  3. Knowledge of use of psychometric tools that enable description, conceptualisation, and prediction of relevant aspects of a client's functioning, behavior and personality;
  4. Competence in activities that promote, restore, sustain or enhance cognitive functioning and a sense of well-being in individual or group clients through preventive, developmental, remedial services, and/or restoring or enhancing group and/or organisational functioning;
  5. Competence in the application of critical analysis to evaluate and apply findings from scientific publications in psychology to working with clients, as well as to evaluate and report on interventions;
  6. Capacity to convey, appraise, and interpret information orally and in writing, and to interact on a professional level with a wide range of client groups and other professionals;
  7. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding of how the practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts. This includes demonstrating the ability to competently and ethically practice with people who differ from the provisional psychologist in ways including, but not limited to age, race, colour, culture, gender, geography, language, sexual orientation, educational attainment, physical attributes, cognitive capacity and socio-economic status and religious-spiritual orientation. This includes sensitivity and knowledge of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people;
  8. Ability to apply understanding of how the practice of psychology is influenced by the life stage of clients, including the ability to competently and ethically practice with people from each of the major lifespan stages: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and late adulthood.

Pathways to Future Study

Course Structure

Our Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice includes practical placements, supervision and online based coursework. It is sequenced to promote an integration of knowledge and skill development.

Students will:

  • complete a minimum of 1,360 hours of practical/skills training
  • receive at least 1 hour of supervision per 17.5 hours of practical work
  • Undertake professional development, including applied psychometric assessment, interpersonal, psychodynamic and family systems approaches, narrative, solution-focused techniques and motivational interviewing, ethical and legal considerations when working with vulnerable groups, professional communication and sensitivity to difference, and cultural responsiveness when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Receive assistance with the hurdle requirements of the 5+1 pathway: completing weekly log books, writing case studies and preparing for the National Psychology Exam
  • Acquire the professional skills to meet the requirements for the ‘5+1’ internship pathway to registration

For more information about the sequencing and structure of the Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice, see our course guide.