The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology course is designed to equip you with a rigorous training in clinical practice, as well as professional research skills at doctoral level, to enable you to become an effective and competent Practitioner Psychologist.
The DPsych aims to develop ethical, reflective and professional practitioners of counselling psychology who work collaboratively with service users to provide high-quality psychological services, drawing on evidence-based psychological practice in the context of a therapeutic relationship characterised by trust, respect, and appreciation for the subjective experience of the person and individuality of the client and their unique world view.
Our programme seeks to sit at the interface of science and practice. We value reflective professional practice and development of practice through the rigour of top class research.
You are equipped to work with a wide range of complex presenting issues; with individual adults and children, couples, families, groups and organisations; short and long term; in single and multi-professional contexts; and through transferring psychological skills to others in multidisciplinary teams. You will build a solid foundation of the clinical and professional knowledge and skills for working in mental health on the programme.
Equality of opportunity is central to the programme and trainees work in the course community to foster their valuing of difference in society and their own personal relationship to diversity, developed in relationship within the course community and then integrated into their practice outside. The diversity of our trainees is a highly valued feature of our course, and is integral to the learning context.
This programme of study enables graduates to meet the training requirements for chartered membership as a Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and the eligibility to apply for registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.
The Counselling Psychology programme aims to:
In addition to activities within the modules, you are required to be on clinical placement. You will have a variety of different placements over your time on the programme. Time on placement varies but is usually a minimum of two days per week. Typically trainees stay in each placement for six months to one year. You may need to travel to a suitable placement. You are required to keep records of and reflections on your clinical development on placement. You will be encouraged to learn through working collaboratively with a supervisor from your placement context during the programme of study.
The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City equips you to build a successful and fulfilling career across the broad range of work undertaken by contemporary counselling psychologists. The practice focussed teaching, clinical placement experience, and choice of research topic for the thesis on the programme act as a building block for this.
Our graduates work in a broad range of settings, including:
Some of our graduates in clinical practice have gone on to lead services and many provide placements and supervision to our trainees. Others have gone into teaching and academia, including as contributors to the programme.
While on the programme trainees receive individualised career guidance through team members involved in the process of reviewing, appraising and planning their practice placement work and professional development.
They also have access to careers information and resources through the British Psychological Society and trainee membership of the Society’s Division of Counselling Psychology.
If you would like more information on the Careers support available at City, please go to: http://www.city.ac.uk/careers/for-students-and-recent-graduates.
Visit the Counselling Psychology DPsych page on the City, University of London website for more details!
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