Mastery Level Training


The Diplomate Training Pathway is a rigorous program of study designed for those who already have some familiarity with the paradigm and who feel called to deepen their experience and develop a level of mastery in the application and knowledge of Process Oriented Psychology.

Graduates of the Diplomate Training Program earn the designation of Process Work Diplomate. This title was first awarded by the Research Society of Process Oriented Psychology in Zurich in 1982 and enables graduates to join the International Association of Process Oriented Psychology (IAPOP).

Through IAPOP, the ANZPOP Diplomate Pathway is networked to training programs in other countries, with the core curriculum consistent throughout these networked but independent programs.

ANZPOP is the only IAPOP recognised faculty delivering a Diplomate training program in the region. We offer the program locally and also encourage students to avail themselves of opportunities offered at overseas centres (seminars attended in other IAPOP recognised schools, delivered by Process Work Diplomates, can be counted toward Seminar Hours requirements).

Rigorous, demanding, and deeply rewarding, the program emphasises the personal development of the student. Learning the theoretical framework and intervention tools are not enough. To become a truly skilled Process Worker requires significant personal development, self-awareness, and capacity to work on oneself: expect a transformative experience.


In most cases, applicants to the Diplomate Training Pathway will come via completion of the ANZPOP Two-Year Professional Training in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation.

Applications may also be accepted from people who have completed comparable two-year study programs in an IAPOP recognised training organisation.

Additionally, people who have extensively studied Process Work informally (attending seminars taught by IAPOP member Diplomates and engaged in personal therapy with IAPOP member Diplomates) can also apply to the program.

It takes more than a conscious choice to enrol in the Diploma program. In addition to your desire to enter the program and to work with others, you must also have strong dreaming signals including night time dreams, life events or synchronicities that support this direction.


The course consists of experiential workshops, seminars, peer learning groups, project-based learning and supervised work experience. It is designed to support your learning in a way that utilizes your creativity, skills and learning style.

Each students’ learning journey is supported by a Study Committee of three Diplomates (at least two from ANZPOP faculty, the third may be any IAPOP member Diplomate). The Study Committee act as cheer squad, gatekeepers, and assessors throughout the learning journey.

The Diplomate Training Pathway is designed to ensure that the theoretical study and application of process-oriented methods occurs within a community of practice. Students are involved in several levels of practice, including personal work in therapy, reflective work in supervision and the student learning group, and community interaction at the local, national and international levels.
The program has two phases, each of which includes an evaluation process:

Phase I

In Phase I, students will primarily attend seminars, engage in their own therapy, and practice skills and discuss reading in small peer study groups. With permission from their Study Committee, students will study for and then sit the eight oral Phase I knowledge exams. Upon successful completion of these exams, the student passes into Phase II.

Phase II

The focus in Phase II is on skill development. While attending seminars, peer study and personal therapy is continued, the emphasis is now on clinical practice and supervision. There are eight competency based assessments undertaken through Phase II whereby students are assessed on either live or videoed examples of their work with clients and groups in a range of clinical areas. Phase II also includes a mental health essay, World Work project, Ethics Course, and final project/thesis.

The ANZPOP Diploma of Process Oriented Psychology is a qualification modelled on the standards of the Australian Qualification Framework. Graduates are required to practice according to industry standards of ethical practice for psychotherapists and have an understanding of Australian and New Zealand’s indigenous culture and histories. An understanding of issues pertaining to communities where English may be a second language is also required and training in these areas is compulsory in the first phase of the program.

Full details of the program structure are provided to students upon acceptance into the program.


The Diplomate Training Pathway requires the equivalent of a minimum of four years full-time study to complete.

It’s a flexible program that allows students to follow their own unique study journey, with most students studying part-time to accommodate work and carer commitments.

Depending on previous formal Process Work studies, new students will be offered entry into the program at different stages, based on an assessment of prior learning and development, made by their Study Committee, which may mean some of the four years has already been completed. For example, some graduates of the ANZPOP Professional Training in Process Oriented Counselling and Facilitation may be accepted directly into Phase II of the program.

The following hours/tasks form the core program requirements:
Process Work Seminars (delivered by IAPOP member Diplomates) 840 hours (140 days) minimum
Client Sessions 200 – 225 hours (a maximum of half these hours can be with peer students in the client role)
Clinical Supervision 50 – 75 hours (40 of which must be individual supervision sessions)
Personal Therapy 120 – 150 hours
Mental Health Essay 2000 words
World Work Project 1500 word assignment, based on attendance at a World Work seminar or a self-organised World Work project. Phase II students are encouraged to apply for a Staff Assistant role at World Work.
Final Project/Thesis No set word count, but allow the equivalent of at least six-weeks full-time to complete.
Independent Study Flexible but should be recorded in the Learning Journal, will mostly be comprised of reading.
Phase II Ethics Course 18 hours online
Peer Group Study Minimum of 40 hours, recorded in the Learning Journal.


Students pay the following ANZPOP Annual Student Fees:

Phase I Student Fee: $880, includes one Study Committee meeting in the year

Phase II Student Fee: $1,210, includes two Study Committee meetings in the year


The other costs, payable over the course of study (min four years) are estimated as follows:

Note: all rates and fees are an estimate; rates will vary between therapists, supervisors and trainers.

Personal therapy 130 hrs x $130 per session


Supervision 50 hrs x $140 per session


Final project supervision 15 hrs x $140 per session


Seminars 140 days x $220 per day


Oral Exams (Ph1) 8 x $100 (+ 8 x $10 for Beisitzer)


Competency Assessments (Ph2) 8 x $200


World Work Fee 1


TOTAL ESTIMATE (over min 4yrs)


Additional varying costs may include book purchases, telecommunication and technology costs, travel and accommodation for seminars, setting up private practice or consultancy (which as an earning vehicle can offset costs), professional indemnity insurance.


Step 1. Processing Your Intention

Diploma applicants are required to attend a minimum of two sessions with two different ANZPOP faculty members to explore their intention to undertake the Diplomate Training Pathway. This includes working with the dreaming signals supporting this direction. A written account of these sessions is required for the subsequent written application.

The sessions will either support continuing the application process or indicate that the timing is not right to continue at this point.

Fees for these sessions are paid directly to the faculty members. A listing of faculty members is available on the About Our People page.

Step 2. Online Written Application and Fee

Applicants are next required to complete the online application form, which includes uploading the following documents:

  • Short (up to two pages) biographical essay
  • Resume outlining previous training, work and volunteering experience
  • Two referees who can attest to your suitability for working with vulnerable people.
  • The written account of the two sessions from Step 1.

To submit the application, payment of the non-refundable application fee of $300 (AUD or NZD depending on which country the applicant lives in) is also required.

Step 3. Interview

Within one month of receiving an application the Admissions Committee will contact the applicant to arrange an online interview. Topics explored in the interview may include intention, experience, and understanding gained through the sessions from Step 1, motivations for study, plans to finance the studies, capacity for independent study, and ability to access educational, personal, professional and other resources to assist in pursuing this course of study.

Applicants will be notified within one week of the outcome of the interview.


To accept an offer of admission into the program:

  • Form your Study Committee within six weeks of accepting the offer (see the Program Structure section for information about Study Committees)
  • Have your first Study Committee meeting within three months of accepting the offer
  • Pay the annual Student Fee.

Studies officially commence once these three tasks are complete.