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Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Psychological Counselling

Course type


Course summary
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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.

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Full time


3 years

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DCP020L005Y Supervised Counselling Psychology Practice 1 (20 Credits)

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.

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.

DCP020L012Y Personal Development - Experiential Group (20 Credits)

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.

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Entry requirements
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Candidates must have the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the BPS, a 2:1 or above in psychology or equivalent, experience in an emotionally demanding helping role and basic training in counselling skills.

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