All applicants should have:
- a good honours degree in psychology (this should normally be a 2.1 or above, although applicants with a lower degree classification and other postgraduate qualifications/experience are also considered)
- Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society
- relevant therapeutic/counselling training to at least certificate level or equivalent
- some relevant counselling-related experience is also essential, e.g. as an NHS psychology assistant, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies face to face worker, a support worker, a volunteer in a non-government agency or paid employment as a counsellor
- an enhanced check for regulated activity (formerly an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check)
- a commitment to undertake and fund personal therapy and clinical supervision.
Months of entry
The programme emphasises a reflective practitioner approach, allowing the integration of psychological theory, skills and research alongside a highly developed capacity for self reflection and awareness. The core theoretical philosophy of the doctorate is that of an integrative/relational stance - recognising the primacy of the therapeutic relationship. As such, the course is an integrated programme of study, utilising critical appraisal of psychological theory, practice and research.
The doctorate is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the statutory regulator for practitioner psychologists in the UK. Graduates of the doctorate are eligible to apply for HCPC registration.
It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practise using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 (for example counselling psychologist) is on the HCPC register.
This doctorate is accredited by the British Psychological Society. Graduates are eligible to apply for Chartered Counselling Psychologist Status.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
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