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Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy DPsych

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy DPsych

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Full time


4 years

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Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Child Psychology

Course type


Course Summary


In year one, students receive direct teaching on research methodologies and the critical evaluation of research findings. They carry out an ‘audit’ within their clinical placement service and attend a series of lectures on evaluating clinical interventions. From the second year trainees, will undertake a research project in an area relevant to the child psychotherapy profession, fully supported by a supervisor. This programme has been created with an emphasis on the practical research skills that will be needed by a modern practitioner and designed specifically to be completed within four full-time academic years. In this integrated programme research thinking will sit alongside the clinical programme so that graduates will become able to use research to inform their clinical practice.


On completion of the Doctorate, applicants are eligible to work in the NHS or voluntary sector as child psychotherapists accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists. Some continue with academic and research work in parallel with this.


Placement File (Part A) contains a record of placement experience (individual case work, visits to services and facilities and a diary if activity), a self-evaluation and supervisor verification of developing professional knowledge and skills in relation to British Psychological Society (BPS) competencies and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency. Key pieces of supporting evidence of competence are presented alongside appraisals and observation records completed by the Placement Supervisor and the UCL Tutor. This module is only available to students registered on the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DDYPSYSECP06).

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Entry requirements

Applicants must have an upper second-class Honours degree (or equivalent) and/or a Master's degree from a UK university in a relevant subject. There are a number of additional criteria, laid down by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP), which applicants must fulfil before they can apply to this doctoral clinical training. Please see the ACP website for further details.

University information

UCL (University College London) is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the world, conducting leading research across a wide range of subject areas. Throughout its long and prestigious history, it has inspired and educated countless minds and produced 30 Nobel prize recipients. With one campus located in the heart of Bloomsbury and a second campus in vibrant east London, the university is home to around 42,000 students...more