This programme provides professional training that leads to eligibility for registration as a counselling psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). It is based on a relational pluralistic philosophy that values diversity, and promotes individual empowerment and social change. The programme is at the leading edge of international developments in counselling psychology practice, research and theory; and brings together contemporary understandings from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of therapy. There is a strong emphasis on employability, including skills in assessment and formulation, psychometric testing, qualitative and quantitative research methods, service evaluation and leadership. As an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist you will be qualified to work in a range of settings, including the NHS, the voluntary sector and private practice. As well as providing psychotherapeutic interventions, your work may include providing clinical supervision, service management, teaching, research and consultancy.
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2016.
Practice at placement is a key part of students' learning to become competent counselling psychologists. Students will be required to complete 70 hours of individual therapeutic work with clients at suitable placements under supervision (ratio 1:5). The placement coordinator will assist students in finding appropriate placements.
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.
Personal development is viewed as a crucial element of the Programme. Learning to know and understand oneself is seen as an essential prerequisite to understanding and being able to help others. In addition, it is considered important that counselling psychology trainees have the opportunity to work through their own psychological problems in order that these not hinder the counselling process with clients and also in order that the student gain insight into the experience of being a counselling client. Personal development, therefore, is designed to safeguard both potential clients and the student him/herself.
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.