The programme is at the leading edge of international developments in counselling psychology practice, research and theory; and brings together contemporary understandings from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural models of therapy. There is a strong emphasis on employability, including skills in assessment and formulation, psychometric testing, qualitative and quantitative research methods, service evaluation and leadership
It is based on a relational pluralistic philosophy that values diversity, and promotes individual empowerment and social change. This means that we respect and value a wide range of approaches to psychological intervention and research, view relationships as central to wellbeing, and seek to enable trainees to make a positive difference both at an individual and social level through their clinical and research work.
You will join a vibrant community of practitioners and researchers, who will help you achieve your goals, and enable you to make a valuable contribution to the field of counselling psychology.
- Initial selection interviews for programme entry in September 2016 are provisionally scheduled to take place on the 13th and 14th April 2016.
- To be considered for these interview dates the submission deadline for applications is Tuesday 15th March 2016.
- However, further interviews will be conducted over the summer for any applications received after this date, subject to the availability of places following the April interviews.
- Before submitting an application all candidates must read the full 'Programme Outline' and entry requirements.
In years one and two as a trainee, you will focus on gaining clinical experience working in person-centred and psychodynamic models of therapy respectively. In year three, you will have the option of gaining experience working of in a cognitive-behavioural, integrative or pluralistic model. By the end of the programme, you will have completed a minimum requirement of 450 supervised client hours in a range of placement settings.
Starting in your second year, you will work towards the production of a doctoral portfolio to showcase and integrate your learning as a counselling psychologist, across both professional practice and research domains. The portfolio contains elements, such as research papers, that are ready to be submitted for publication, thus further enhancing the trainee’s professional contribution and employability.
During your training, you will develop key transferable skills as a practitioner psychologist, in research, psychological testing, service evaluation, team working and leadership. Your development will be closely supported and monitored throughout the programme, using formative and summative assessment, involving clinical tutors and research supervisors.
The programme is affiliated to the Centre for Research in Social and Psychological Transformation (CREST). CREST carries out world-leading research into psychological therapies. You have the option of choosing an area of doctoral inquiry that is aligned with CREST research activities. CREST also has a dedicated therapy and research clinic located at the university. This provides unique opportunities for you to engage in cutting-edge research. You can also undertake practice placements within the clinic.