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Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology

DPsych |
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.

Key Information

Start date

September 2016

Duration

Full-time: Three years

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,500 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £14,500 per year

Application period

Until February 2016

Who is it for?

The DPsych aims to develop ethical, reflective and professional practitioners of counselling psychology who work collaboratively with their clients 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 rigor 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 are actively supported during your studies by the course team to develop your own personal theory of the evolution, maintenance and resolution of psychological problems, based on your reading, lectures, practical skills workshops, personal development, collaborative learning and clinical and research experience.

We want you to have a stimulating, challenging, inspiring and personally supportive professional training environment in which to develop your knowledge and skills and further develop as a person and professional. We view you as active contributors to your learning and to the overall success of the course, treating each of you with respect and working with you in a genuinely collegial atmosphere as a developing professional.

Objectives

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 registered with the HCPC, and Chartered Psychologist with the BPS.

Our professional, clinical and academic training is combined with the opportunity to develop your own portfolio of placement experience. This equips you to build a successful and fulfilling career in a broad range of settings, including:

  • the NHS (e.g. inpatient settings, community mental health teams, specialist services such as early intervention, with different clinical populations e.g. older adults)
  • the independent hospital sector
  • forensic settings including HMPS and probation
  • organisations in areas such as occupational health
  • the Third (voluntary) sector
  • industry
  • government
  • private practice (including Employee Assistance Programmes) and
  • academic and research settings.

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society Accredited logoHealth and Care Professions Council (HCPC) logo

The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a professional training programme, approved by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Requirements and how to apply

English requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to provide evidence of English proficiency.

We only accept the following English language qualifications:

  • A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • GCE O-level/GCSE - grade C or above
  • CSE – grade C or above
  • SEB – grade C or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – Pass
  • IELTS – Overall score of 7 or above and at least 6.5 in each subtest

Please note that due to changes in the UK Visas and Immigration’s (UKVI) list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT) we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), as of April 2014.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Receipt of applications will be confirmed within one week. All complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Team from the beginning of February on a first come, first served basis, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview from the second half of February 2016 onwards. All applicants will hear whether or not they are shortlisted for interview soon after their applications are complete. The interviews will take place from March to May.

When applying you must provide two referees, at least one must be from an academic referee if you are a recent graduate and we will contact them directly. Other suitable referees may include a current employer or an organisation where you have undertaken relevant work experience. References must be provided either on the form provided (with an institution stamp) or on headed paper. Download the reference form.

We also require evidence of your academic qualifications and English language qualifications (where applicable), when applying on-line these can be uploaded as part of your application. If you are already a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, holding Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership status, please provide evidence of this.

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City's DPsych Counselling Psychology graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduation, with an average salary of £35,500.
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Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Scholarships

  • Scholarship opportunities will be available for UK/EU and international students looking to study postgraduate courses in the School of Arts & Social Sciences starting in September 2016.

Bursaries

Placements

In addition to the taught components of the Counselling Psychology MSc/DPsych course, you are also required to complete 400 hours of professional face-to-face client practice in placements and 45 hours of indirect client work; frequent clinical supervision; personal development; 40 hours of personal therapy (at least 15 hours in Year one); and various pieces of assessment throughout the three years, including a doctoral thesis.

Who arranges the placements?

It is your responsibility to find and arrange your own placements, although advice and support is offered by the Placements Co-ordinator and personal tutors. If your application is successful, on acceptance of a place on the course you will be sent further information about finding placements and available opportunities.

Do placements have to be in London?

No, you can undertake your placements wherever is convenient for you as long as you ensure your supervision is from appropriately qualified professionals. Supervisors should be registered  with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a 'Practitioner Psychologist', 'Registered Psychologist', 'Counselling Psychologist' or 'Clinical Psychologist'. All placements arrangements need to be approved by your personal tutor.

Supervision

Supervision should normally be in the ratio of one hour of supervision for every 8 hours of counselling work in Years one and two, with a minimum of one hour of supervision per fortnight. In Year three, supervision should be in the ratio of one hour for every 8 hours of counselling work, with a minimum of two hours of supervision per month.

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Teaching and learning

A wide range of learning and teaching methods are used, including lectures, group discussion, group work, role play, trainee presentations, supervised clinical practice, personal therapy and personal development activities.

Assessment

You will be assessed through role plays, learning logs, skills assessments, essays, process reports, client studies, examination, critical literature review and DPsych portfolio.

Student focus

We want your time on the Counselling Psychology MSc/DPsych course to be as inspiring, challenging and stimulating as it can be. As part of our dedication to enhancing the overall student experience, we support you throughout your studies in many different ways:

  • Personal Tutors
  • Student-staff liaison committees
  • Placements Co-ordinator.

Modules

Year 1

The DPsych aims to develop ethical, reflective and professional practitioners of counselling psychology who work collaboratively with their clients 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 rigor 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 are actively supported during your studies by the course team to develop your own personal theory of the evolution, maintenance and resolution of psychological problems, based on your reading, lectures, practical skills workshops, personal development, collaborative learning and clinical and research experience.

We want you to have a stimulating, challenging, inspiring and personally supportive professional training environment in which to develop your knowledge and skills and further develop as a person and professional. We view you as active contributors to your learning and to the overall success of the course, treating each of you with respect and working with you in a genuinely collegial atmosphere as a developing professional.

Year one modules:

  • Context, Diversity and Standards in Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Research design and analysis 1 (15 credits)
  • Research design and analysis 2 (30 credits)
  • Professional components of counselling psychology (45 credits)
  • Personal and professional development (15 credits)
  • Cognitive behavioural approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits)
  • Person-centred approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychodynamic approaches to counselling psychology (15 credits)
  • Professional development and supervision (15 credits).

Year 2

In order to develop advanced knowledge and practice skills, Year 2 of the Programme includes Level A Psychometrics , Groups and Couples: Counselling and Mediation, Specialist Group Supervision, Psychopathology: Clinical Skills and Critical Approaches, Elective Theory Advances and Developing Research Skills.

In addition to the academic requirements of the programme, trainees undertake their own personal psychological counselling and complete a minimum of 150 hours of supervised client practice and continue building up the 45 hours of indirect work in placement to be completed across the three years of the programme.

Year two of the Programme will provide an opportunity for trainees to:

  • Increase their theoretical knowledge in areas relevant to counselling psychology.
  • Extend their therapeutic skills.
  • Increase their understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Broaden the range of settings in which they are competent to practice.
  • Broaden the range of challenges they are competent to work with.
  • Develop skills in teaching other psychologists, psychological therapists and counsellors, including those from other professional groups such as nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians, etc.
  • Continue to develop skills in addressing psychological counselling issues in the light of psychological theory and research.
  • Further develop their research skills, especially in relation to clinical practice.

Year two modules:

  • Professional Components of Counselling Psychology (45credits)
  • Systems and Systemic Psychological Therapies in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
  • Psychopathology: Clinical Skills and Critical Approaches (15 credits)
  • DPsych Counselling Psychology Thesis one (30 credits)
  • Developing Research Skills in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Developments in Psychological Approaches (15 credits)
  • Specialist group supervision (15 credits)
  • Psychometrics A: Ability and Aptitude Training (15 credits).

Year 3

The focus of the third year of training is to equip graduates to fulfil the role of a Counselling Psychologist.

Year three of the Programme includes modules to develop both Professional and Research Skills, Level B Psychometrics, certified by the BPS, as well as Specialist Group Supervision relevant to advanced practice.

In addition to the academic requirements of the programme, trainees undertake their own personal psychological counselling and complete a minimum of 200 hours of supervised client practice and 45 hours of indirect work in placement to be completed across the three years of the programme.

Year three of the Programme will provide an opportunity for trainees to:

  • Increase their theoretical knowledge in areas relevant to counselling psychology.
  • Extend their therapeutic skills.
  • Increase their understanding of the relationship between theory and practice.
  • Broaden the range of settings in which they are competent to practice.
  • Broaden the range of problems they are competent to work with.
  • Develop skills in teaching other psychologists and counsellors, including those from other professional groups such as nurses, occupational therapists, dieticians, etc.
  • Continue to develop skills in addressing psychological counselling issues in the light of psychological theory and research.
  • Further develop their research skills, especially in relation to clinical practice.

Year three modules:

  • Professional Components of Counselling Psychology (60 credits)
  • Psychometrics B: Personality Measures (15 credits)
  • Negotiating Relationships: Advanced Skills (15 credits)
  • DPsych Counselling Psychology Thesis two (45 credits)
  • Integrative and Pluralistic Approaches to Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
  • Developing Research Skills in Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
  • Specialist Group Supervision (15 credits)
  • Supervising, Consulting and leading in Counselling Psychology (15 credits).

Career prospects

Counselling Psychology graduates are typically employed in a variety of settings, including NHS primary, secondary or tertiary care, the prison service, schools and voluntary agencies.

Employers of recent graduates include:

  • St Bartholomews Hospital
  • South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central & North West London NHS Trust
  • City, University of London
  • Maggie's Cancer Centre
  • Imperial College London
  • Roehampton University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • Homerton University Hospital
  • The Priory
  • Capio Nightingale Hospital.

Job titles included Consultant Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist, High Intensity Therapist, Lecturer, and Practitioner Psychologist.

For further information on working as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, please see the following BPS website.

Application Deadline

February 2016


Receipt of applications will be confirmed within one week. All complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Team from the beginning of February on a first come, first served basis, and shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview from the second half of February 2016 onwards. All applicants will hear whether or not they are shortlisted for interview soon after their applications are complete. The interviews will take place from March to May.

When applying you must provide two referees, at least one must be from an academic referee if you are a recent graduate and we will contact them directly. Other suitable referees may include a current employer or an organisation where you have undertaken relevant work experience. References must be provided either on the form provided (with an institution stamp) or on headed paper. Download the reference form.

We also require evidence of your academic qualifications and English language qualifications (where applicable), when applying on-line these can be uploaded as part of your application. If you are already a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society, holding Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership status, please provide evidence of this.

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