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Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies (DCPsych)

Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies (DCPsych)

A Joint Programme with Middlesex University
Director of Studies (Programme Management): Dr Alan Priest Director of Studies (Research): Dr Julianna Challoner
Application is now open for the next intake (October 2020).

For further information about making an application, please contact the Senior Academic Co-ordinator, Duncan Steed - duncan.steed@metanoia.ac.uk.

The DCPsych programme allows candidates to work towards the qualification of Doctor of Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies conferred by Middlesex University. In addition, the programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) as a training towards Chartered Psychologist status and is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a training towards potential Registered Counselling Psychologist/Practitioner Psychologist status. It is also accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) as a training towards registration as a Integrative Psychotherapist; in this respect, successful candidates are awarded the Metanoia Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and will also be eligible to apply for the European Certificate of Psychotherapy (ECP). This is one of many distinctive features of counselling psychologist training at Metanoia Institute.

The training is based in relational model of counselling psychology practice focusing on psychodynamic psychotherapy and incorporating relational CBT. An introduction to humanistic approaches is included as is an introduction to expressive and creative therapies. The programme is based on practitioner-researcher philosophy and comprises an innovative design which seeks to integrate research and practice at doctoral level. Research training is included in and throughout, the programme.

Application is open to graduates (at least a 2:1 degree) who possess Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the BPS (either from undergraduate study or postgraduate conversion) and who believe they have the capabilities to make a significant contribution to practice based knowledge in the counselling psychology and psychotherapy.

The course is offered over ten Fri-Sun units in academic years 1 and 2, Fri & Sat in year 3 and Friday in year 4. In addition to formal training time, students engage in practice based learning in a variety of placements, 1-2 days per week over the duration of the programme. We advise against candidates attempting to meet the requirements of this demanding programme whilst maintaining full-time employment. Structured training runs over four course years, with a fifth year available for writing up the practitioner research project. Middlesex University requires all trainees to complete their training within two years following the end of the structured teaching.

The application process includes attendance at a group-based workshop and individual assessment into. Please see the overview and application form at the bottom of the page for further details of the programme.

This is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, jointly developed, delivered and assessed by Middlesex and Metanoia Institute and quality assured by Middlesex University. Applications for accreditation/validation by HCPC & BPS arranged for March and April 2020 are pending, subject to regulatory approval visits, and unfortunately delayed due to outbreak of coronavirus

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