Counselling Psychology PsychD

Course summary

This course will enable students to acquire a comprehensive training in counselling psychology, which confers eligibility to apply for HPC registration as a Counselling Psychologist and Chartered membership of the British Psychological Society; enable students to work as competent, reflective, and ethically sound counselling psychologists who can provide high quality professional services through the skillful and creative application of a broad range of psychological knowledge and extensive, self-reflective practical experience and enable students to create new knowledge and understanding in research and practice which will contribute to the development of the profession of Counselling Psychology.

Course modules

APR020L005A Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis (20 Credits)

This module offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge of, and capacity to use, quantitative research methods which are applicable in non-experimental contexts. It focuses on data collection strategies and methodology concerning individual and group differences.

APR020L007S Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis (20 Credits)

This module aims to enable students to develop a detailed knowledge of several key qualitative approaches (including discourse analysis, conversation analysis and grounded theory amongst others) and how they can be used to analyse data. The module will be delivered using a combination of lectures and workshops - with a particular emphasis on data workshops in which there will be the opportunity to practice doing different forms of analysis on data provided.

DCP020L003A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Theory and Skills (20 Credits)

This module will introduce students to the concepts, theories and practice of cognitive behaviour therapy. This is an evidence based, problem solving, and effective intervention for most types of psychological problems. It is now recommended by the Department of Health for anxiety and depression and other psychiatric disorders through its National Institute of Clinical Excellence Guidelines (Department of Health 2004). In order to prepare students to work in health settings, and other settings with limited resources for treatment, knowledge of this approach is required. In order to prepare students to be chartered counselling psychologists, the capacity to critique cognitive approaches is required, and to integrate and compare them with other psychological and psychotherapeutic approaches. In addition, this module will allow students to develop the skills to carry out cognitive behavioural interventions with clients and prepare them for its practice.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 degree in psychology, and experience of working in an emotionally demanding helper role; candidates are required to complete successfully the pre-programme module offered by the institute.


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Psychological Counselling

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Digby Stuart College

Erasmus House

Roehampton Lane



SW15 5PU

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Counselling Psychology PsychD Study options

Full time3 years£6100 per year£10100 per yearSEP
Part time4 years£3000 per year£5000 per yearSEP

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