Counselling Psychology - Prof Doc (Full-time)London Metropolitan University
Counselling Psychology - Prof Doc (Full-time)
Why study this course?
This course leads to a doctoral qualification that automatically confers registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), accreditation as a fully qualified chartered counselling psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and recognition within the UK as a chartered counselling psychologist eligible to practice. Drawing on a range of approaches to psychological practice and enquiry, it will enable you to make a significant contribution to psychological knowledge, research and practice across a range of settings in public, private and voluntary sectors.
The Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a three-year full-time (four-year part-time) taught doctoral program that combines in-depth competency in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), strong humanistic values and psychodynamic awareness. The doctorate was commended by the BPS for the depth and breadth of the modules offered; a number of our modules were described as cutting-edge and well suited to the current zeitgeist and employment market. These modules include a first-year module devoted to working with difference and diversity and a third-year service evaluation research exercise.
The principle aims and achievements of the course are to produce graduates who are:
- Competent, informed, reflective, ethical and professionally sound practitioners of counselling psychology who are able to work in a range of settings and are committed to their own on-going personal and professional development
- Able to understand, develop and apply models of advanced psychological inquiry and research that enable the creation of new knowledge and which recognise the complex nature of human experience and relationships
- Able to adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory that constitutes counselling psychology and aware of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates
- In possession of a set of skills and competencies that are transferable to a wide variety of professional contexts and which enhance employability
- Able to demonstrate the range of counselling psychology competencies needed to be eligible to apply for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
You will be required to have:
- Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society
- A minimum of an upper second class (2:1) honours degree in Psychology
- Practical experience of using counselling skills in an emotionally demanding helping role gained over at least one year prior to application and ideally some training in counselling skills
- A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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- Advanced Research Design and Analysis for Psychology
- Counselling Psychology Practice and Development
- Professional and Ethical Issues
- Psychological Knowledge and Models of Therapy
- Research Project and Critical Skills
- Therapeutic and Reflective Skills
- Working with Difference and Diversity
- Advanced Psychological Research
- Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 1
- Advanced Psychological Theory and Practice 2
Modules and module details are subject to change over time
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- UK/EU students: £9,550 per year
- International students: £14,320 per year
Career opportunities for counselling psychologists include posts in a variety of areas. These include National Health Service (NHS) settings such as primary care, Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services, community mental health, drug and alcohol, rehabilitation, eating and personality disorder services, as well as the prison service, voluntary sector, private practice, academia, training, supervision, management and consultancy.
Graduates often find permanent employment within a few months post-qualification, with many trainees holding part-time clinical employment whilst they are in the final year of the training because their clinical skills and knowledge are of such a high standard. Other graduates from the program have found work in academia in visiting or permanent teaching posts or as research fellows.
About this institute
London Metropolitan University
Based in England’s historic capital city, London Metropolitan University has a rich history of education with its roots dating back to 1848. Taking its current form following a merger of two well-renowned universities in 2002, it offers a wide range...
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