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    Professional Doctorate in Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Trauma

    About This Professional Doctorate

    Course Description

    This DProf is for therapeutic practitioners who wish to extend their expertise by contributing original knowledge in a professional and organisational context, which comes out of experience and practice.

    Course overview

    Our DProf course recognises the achievements of practitioners in the disciplines of counselling and psychotherapy, and in psychological trauma. The DProf facilitates the generation of original knowledge that comes out of experience and practice, and enables a fresh and meaningful contribution to be given to practice-based knowledge and dialogue.

    Why study this course with us?

    The Division of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the Centre for Research and Education in Psychological Trauma, contain several nationally and internationally recognised researchers among its staff. They input onto the teaching and supervision of research on this DProf course.

    There is a vibrant research community at Chester, consisting of both PhD and DProf research students, who meet regularly together, alongside the research staff, to support each other and stimulate new thinking and research ideas.


    You will be introduced to a range of research methodologies and professional debates to further your research interests. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own practice, to write for publication and present at conferences, and to conduct dialogue with academic practitioners and researchers who are at the forefront of the psychological trauma professions.


    • Current Professional Debates
    • Publishable Article
    • Research Proposal & Ethical Approval
    • Review of Personal & Professional Learning
    • Thesis (Psychological Trauma)
    • Tools and skills for your research project

    The modules given above are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

    Teaching methods

    Learning takes place in one four-day-long block teaching event and six one-day CPD workshops staggered throughout the year in Phase 1 (at which attendance is mandatory), and one four-day-long block teaching event in Phase 2.

    Throughout the course, we will support you in monthly group supervision (one half-day per month) and in individually negotiated supervision sessions. You will have access to the full range of online library facilities.


    Assessment in Phases 1 and 2 is by means of essays, publishable articles, presentations, and a research proposal. In Phase 3, assessment will be by thesis and viva. Part-time students are expected to give at least 16 hours (part-time) a week to their studies.

    Job prospects

    This course assists in the deveopment of practitioner-researchers who, with a doctorate and a research reputation, can go on to fulfil therapeutic, academic and management positions in their chosen areas of work.

    Visit the Doctor of Professional Studies in Psychological Trauma page on the University of Chester website for more details!

    Entry Requirements

    To be eligible for the course, you will need to have an MA or MSc in either a counselling/psychotherapy-related or psychological trauma-related discipline (with a grade of 60% or above for the research dissertation), plus practitioner experience in counselling/ psychotherapy and/or psychological trauma.

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