Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology DPsych


    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    Develop doctoral level research skills and take rigorous training in clinical practice with our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. You will study at doctoral level, gaining the relevant practical skills and knowledge to become an effective and ethical practitioner psychologist.

    Course overview

    If you want to become an ethical, reflective and professional practitioner of counselling psychology, our doctorate programme is ideal.

    You will want to provide psychological services that draw on evidence-based psychological practice.

    You will be motivated to work on complex issues with individual adults and children, couples, families, groups and organisations.

    Award

    You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.

    • Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

    Who is this course for?

    If you want to become an ethical, reflective and professional practitioner of counselling psychology, our doctorate programme is ideal.

    You will want to provide psychological services that draw on evidence-based psychological practice.

    You will be motivated to work on complex issues with individual adults and children, couples, families, groups and organisations.

    Modules

    Throughout the programme, trainees are exposed to a range of approaches and their application to practice, so they can conceptualise human psychological processes from different perspectives.

    This sensitises them to clients’ needs and the choices they may make, enabling an understanding of how other psychologists work and fostering respect for both clients and professionals who operate from a range of conceptual world views.

    The programme teaches humanistic, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural, systemic and integrative therapy approaches, as well as contemporary developments.

    Trainees are required to demonstrate professional competence in at least one model of psychological therapy, as well as a working knowledge of at least one further model, in order to successfully complete their programme of training.

    See website for module information.

    Programme specification

    The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

    Download course specification:

    Teaching and assessment

    You will learn through lectures, seminars and workshops led by our experienced staff and external experts.

    We also deliver problem-based learning in small groups, individual and group tutorials, role play exercises, personal therapy work and directed reading. You are expected to take responsibility for your own relevant reading, reflection and development as the programme progresses.

    Your assessment covers clinical case studies and process, practice placement competency evaluations, a critical literature review, research proposal and a research thesis.

    As part of our dedication to your experience here, we aim for you to be well supported throughout your studies. We offer you continued support through personal tutors, student-staff liaison committees and the placements team.

    Career

    The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology gives you a strong foundation for a fulfilling career in modern counselling psychology.

    You will receive personalised career guidance from staff involved in reviewing your practice placement work and professional development.

    Our clinical practice graduates have progressed to lead services, with many providing placements and supervision. Others have gone into teaching and academia.

    Recent graduates from this programme have secured work in:

    • the National Health Service (NHS)
    • the independent hospital sector
    • academia
    • Her Majesty’s Prison Service (HMPS)
    • occupational health organisations
    • charities
    • government
    • private practice and consultancy.

    Clinical placements

    You will have different clinical placements during your time on the programme. This is usually a minimum of two days per week.


    Visit the Counselling Psychology DPsych page on the City, University of London website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    There are two stages to the selection process for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City: 1) a written application, which is used by the programme team to short list candidates, and 2) an interview process, which is used to select the strongest candidates from the short list. The programme receives a high volume of applications each year.


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