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Counselling Psychology (HCPC approved and BPS accredited) DPsych

Key information
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.


Qualification type

DPsych - Doctor in Psychology

Subject areas

Psychological Counselling Psychology (General)

Course type


Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

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). This programme has recently been updated and re-validated to incorporate new BPS standards. It 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 your identity and employability as a practitioner psychologist, including skills in assessment and formulation, leadership, service evaluation, psychological testing, qualitative and quantitative research methods. The course is based on a relational pluralistic philosophy that values diversity, and promotes individual empowerment and social change. This means that we respect and value a wide range of approaches to psychological intervention and research, view relationships as central to wellbeing, and seek to enable trainees to make a positive difference both at an individual and social level through their clinical and research work. You will join a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers, who will help you, achieve your goals, and enable you to make a valuable contribution to the field of counselling psychology. 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.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

Full time | University of Roehampton | 3 years | SEP-17

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Full time


3 years

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These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

Professional Practice and Development

This module’s key aim is to support students and help them to integrate their learning in placements with their learning from other areas of the programme, particularly with the Person-centred and experiential theory and practice module, in which students develop the theoretical, research and skills base for their clinical practice. As well as engaging in supervised placements and personal therapy, students attend small Professional Practice Groups at the university on a weekly basis led by a clinical tutor from the programme team. These groups help students to develop core reflective skills that underpin effective practice, and the facilitation of learning and psychological mindedness in others.

Person-centred and Experiential Theory and Practice

The aim of this module is to introduce trainees to person-centred psychology - theory, practice, research, and philosophical underpinnings. The module will help trainees to develop a critical understanding of person-centred and experiential therapies, as well as an appreciation of the relevance of these models of therapy to their identities and practice as counselling psychologists. Within the broader relational pluralistic philosophy of the programme, this module thus helps trainees begin to critically explore a range of psychological models and possible approaches to therapeutic intervention, and to begin to think about links between empirical evidence, theory and practice.

Inclusion Ethics and Social Justice

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary to work ethically and reflectively as relational counselling psychologists. The module will provide an important foundation and tools for their further development on the programme, and ultimately as qualified counselling psychologists. The main impetus for the module is embedded within reflective and reflexive practice and what this means in relation to notions of ‘personhood’ by focusing on: theoretical concerns; professional practice; the social in relation to context and issues.

Tuition fees
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Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, February 2017.

Students need to have a good second-class honours degree (or above) from an approved university or college in the UK, or a recognised degree from abroad.

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