This programme aims to develop highly'skilled, well'rounded, self'aware psychological practitioners and researchers who will make a valuable contribution to the profession, both inside and outside the consulting room. A successful graduate of the DPsych meets the standards and competencies set by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is eligible for registration and chartership with those bodies. The programme is committed to producing practitioner psychologists who are well prepared to meet the needs of each client and to utilise individualised formulation and intervention, while never losing sight of the relationship at the core of the endeavour. To support this, the DPsych gives training in three approaches to therapy: existential'phenomenological, cognitive'behavioural, and psychodynamic. The principal model of the programme is existential'phenomenological psychotherapy, one of the foundational influences in the profession of counselling psychology. Existential'phenomenological approaches and counselling psychology emphasise subjective, lived experience; recognise the importance of dialogue; and take a holistic, relational view of human nature and of psychological difficulties. Irrespective of the modality employed, we encourage and develop a “pervasive existential sensibility” in our trainees’ therapeutic work.
Year 1: Counselling psychology theory and practice; counselling psychology research 1; ethical and professional issues; tutorials: preparation for professional practice; existential approaches in counselling psychology; counselling psychology research 2; counselling psychology settings and contexts; professional practice 1; critical psychopathology; working with difference and discrimination; cognitive'behavioural approaches in counselling psychology; professional practice 2. Year 2: Cognitive behavioural approaches 2: third wave; professional practice 3; psychodynamic approaches in counselling psychology; professional practice 4; philosophical and psychological perspectives on human issues; professional practice 5. Year 3: Advanced counselling psychology workshops 1: influencing and leading; doctoral research clinic; professional practice 4; advanced counselling psychology workshops 2: measurement and evaluation; clinical seminar: pluralistic and integrative working; professional practice 7; advanced counselling psychology workshops 3: specialisation and employability; viva preparation and independent study; professional practice 8.
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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).