PSYCHOTHERAPIST vetassess skills assessment

What is the requirement of a PSYCHOTHERAPIST vetassess skills assessment?

VETASSESS SKILLS ASSESSMENT PSYCHOTHERAPIST

What’s the Skills Assessment – Job Description

A psychotherapist provides diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional disorders using psychotherapeutic methods such as behavioural therapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy and other techniques.

Alternative Titles for Vetassess skills assessment:

  • Art Psychotherapist or Therapist

Occupations not considered by VETASSESS

under this ANZSCO code:

The following occupations are assessed under ANZSCO 252299 Complementary Health
Therapists NEC:

  • Dance Therapist
  • Drama Therapist
  • Hypnotherapist
  • Music Therapist
  • Play Therapist

Other Counselling modalities are also not considered under the occupation of Psychotherapist:

  • Careers Counsellor
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Counsellors not elsewhere classified

Psychologists are advised to contact the Australian Psychological Society for assessment as a Psychologist for migration purposes.

What’re the Requirements for Skills Assessment

The psychotherapist is a Group A Occupation.

This occupation requires

A qualification which is assessed as comparable to the educational level of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Bachelor or higher, in a field highly relevant to the nominated occupation.


Applicants must also have at least one year of highly relevant, post-qualification employment, at an appropriate skill level completed in the last five years.


If the qualification(s) are not at the required educational level, and not in a highly the relevant field of study, or if the employee has been completed prior to the qualification, then the applicant will be assessed below the required skill level.


A positive assessment of both qualifications and employment is required for a positive Skills Assessment Outcome.

What’s the requirement for Qualification

AQF Bachelor or higher.

Applicants must hold a highly relevant qualification.

The following areas of study may be considered highly relevant; however, these programs must include theoretical and practical training in Psychotherapy:

  • Counselling
  • Counselling – Health Sciences
  • Applied Social Science (Counselling)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Reality Therapy
  • Psychology – Degrees in psychology can be accepted if sufficient theoretical and supervised practical components in psychotherapy and counselling are completed
  • Clinical Psychology

Mental Health Science may also be considered on a case-by-case basis if sufficient theoretical and supervised practical components in psychotherapy and counselling are completed.

Tasks include:

  • collecting data about clients and assessing their cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders
  • developing, administering and evaluating individual and group treatment programs
  • utilising a range of therapeutic interventions and interpersonal relationship to enable people to develop self-understanding and insight; psychotherapists may use a range of methods on clients’ during sessions such as music, art, drama and exercise, but that would be in addition to the talking therapy
  • working in one-on-one sessions or may guide the group therapy meetings

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