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What qualifications do I need?

Accreditation process underway

The Board is currently developing Accreditation Standards. The accreditation of psychotherapy training programmes and pathways will begin as soon as the Accreditation Standards has been finalised.

To provide assurance to students who either intend to enrol in a grandparented psychotherapy training programme or pathway or who are currently enrolled in grandparented psychotherapy training programme or pathway, the Board has advised that any student who enrols in one of the current Board approved qualifications (see below) prior to accreditation will have their qualification recognised for registration.

This clause provides students with the security to enrol, prior to accreditation taking place.

The Board is currently developing accreditation criteria for both Tertiary Programmes and Professional Development Courses of Study or Programmes.

Māori Psychotherapy Training Programme Providers
The Board is interested in speaking with Māori psychotherapy training programme providers so that the Board can engage with these providers during the development of accreditation criteria.

Please send any information to registrar@pbanz.org.nz or call Jacq on 04 918 4727. Thank you, your assistance is appreciated.

The Board intends to include any newly identified training programmes providers in the accreditation consultation process and invites new providers to contact the Board.

Tertiary Pathway
Qualifications currently accepted for registration by the Board are:
AUT Master of Psychotherapy adult psychotherapy pathway
AUT Master in Psychotherapy child psychotherapy pathway
AUT Master of Health Science in Psychotherapy adult psychotherapy pathway
AUT Master of Health Science in Psychotherapy child psychotherapy pathway
Certified Transactional Analyst (clinical or psychotherapy)
Accredited Jungian Analyst with ANZSJA and/or IAAP
Accredited Psychoanalyst with the International Psychoanalytical Association
Diploma in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
Psychodramatist certified by the Board of Examiners of Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association (AANZPA)
NZ Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Membership
ANZAP Diploma in Adult Psychotherapy
ANZAP Training in the Conversational Model of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Certified Bioenergetic Therapist (CBT)
The Ashburn Clinic Psychotherapy Training Programme

Decision guidelines relating to practitioners who have not registered as a psychotherapist within 3 years of obtaining their qualification or obtaining an association membership status eligible for registration
Click here to download the document.


Professional Development Pathway
The Professional Development Pathway was created for practitioners who have a mixture of psychotherapy skill, knowledge, professional development and psychotherapy qualifications not accepted for registration on the Tertiary Pathway. This pathway was developed to acknowledge competent practitioners who undertook a variety of training but not specifically a masters qualification in psychotherapy. It was also to acknowledge the value of a thorough final assessment following experience.

There are two critical assessments on this pathway that must be met: an "initial" and "final" assessment.

Organisations approved to carry out assessments are:
Australian and New Zealand Society of Jungian Analysts
New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists
New Zealand Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.

Once you have passed an 'initial' assessment you will be eligible for registration in the Interim Psychotherapist Scope of Practice

Once you have passed a 'final' assessment you will be eligible for registration in the Psychotherapist Scope of Practice.

You will need to approach the above organisations directly and provide evidence to the Board that you have passed the required assessments prior to applying for registration.

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