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Psychological Counselling

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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.

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3 years

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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.

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Entry requirements

All candidates entering the programme must have a 1st degree or conversion degree in psychology recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as conferring the graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the BPS, and of a standard which indicates their suitability for work at doctoral level, normally a good upper 2nd or 1st Class Honours degree. Overseas candidates must establish eligibility for GBC via the BPS Admissions Office before they can be accepted on the programme. All candidates for the programme must include a letter from the BPS which confirms their GBC status with their application. Candidates must also have relevant and appropriate experience of working in an emotionally demanding helper role. Candidates must have completed at least a basic training in counselling skills before commencing the programme. The selection process aims to ensure that students admitted to the programme are likely to complete it successfully. Applicants who fulfil entry requirements will be invited for interview. The selection process will include individual and group interviews. Detailed guidelines and criteria for each interview process are provided to ensure fairness and effectiveness. The interviews will be conducted by members of the teaching team. For each interview, candidates will be rated according to specified criteria. The available places will be offered following the rank ordering of ratings. Candidates will also have to submit a 1000-word doctoral research proposal. Candidates who are considered suitable but not rated highly enough to be offered one of the available places may be placed on a waiting list. Candidates need to be: Academically able to succeed at doctoral level; able to develop their professional practice to doctoral level; mature, responsible persons with a high degree of integrity as they are required to work with vulnerable clients and to cope with the emotional demands of working with clients in distress; open-minded and able to accept other people's perspectives in order to avoid imposing their views on clients; self-reflective, able to reflect on their responses to and effects on others, aware of their own strengths and weaknesses, and open to challenge, as a requirement for professional learning and development; aware of the demands of the training and their reasons for following this career, and aware of the implications of working with people in distress; able to relate to others and to demonstrate a good level of interpersonal skills; proficient in the English language and able to communicate complex ideas.

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