This programme aims to develop counselling psychologists who meet British Psychological Society and Health and Care Professions Council standards of competency; the training is rooted in existential phenomenological philosophy and its application to clinical practice; this highlights the nature of counselling psychology as a field that emphasises subjective/lived experience, dialogue, and a holistic/relational view of human nature and psychological difficulties.
Year 1, term 1 modules include: existential phenomenological counselling psychology (theory 1); existential phenomenological counselling psychology (practice 1); counselling psychology settings; personal and professional development group. Year 1, term 2 modules include: psychopathology; clinical seminar 1 (assessment and formulation); research methods 1 (qualitative approaches); therapeutic training 1 (DVD exercise). Year 1, term 3 modules include: ethical and professional codes of practice; counselling psychology in action; research methods 2 (quantitative approaches); personal and professional development group. Year 2, term 1 modules include: existential phenomenological counselling psychology (theory 2); existential phenomenological counselling psychology (practice 2); research methods 3 (research thesis workshops and protocol submission); clinical supervision 1. Year 2, term 2 modules include: psychoanalysis and existential analysis; clinical seminar 2 (assessment and formulation); lifespan development; clinical supervision 2. Year 2, term 3 modules include: working with difference and discrimination; therapeutic training 2 (DVD exercise); independent study (presence at college not required); clinical supervision 3. Year 3, term 1 modules include: cognitive behaviour therapy theory 1; cognitive behaviour practice 1; personal and professional development group; clinical supervision 4. Year 3, term 2 modules include: cognitive behaviour theory 2; counselling psychology identity; independent study (presence on campus not required); clinical supervision 5. Year 3, term 3 modules include: from existentialism to post'modernism; therapeutic training 3 (DVD exercise); working with groups; clinical supervision 6.
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Applicants require: a minimum of a 2.1 Bachelor's degree in psychology; a Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling of a minimum of 120 hours; a minimum of 6 months' face'to'face counselling work; Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (previously Graduate Basis for Registration) with the British Psychological Society (BPS guidelines); in exceptional circumstances, such as for individuals with extensive clinical experience, or who hold a Master's or PhD degree, we will consider a 2.2 degree award; applicants are required to demonstrate the capacity to undertake doctorate level research, together with a high level of interpersonal skills and self'reflective capacities; interview; fluency in English is also required (IELTS 7.0).
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