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Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies

There are three stages to the application process. In the first instance we need a paper application that includes the following:

  • A completed application form including a personal statement outlining why this course is considered relevant to the applicant’s personal and professional development;
  • A current CV;
  • Two references, one academic and one personal/professional.

Your application will be read by the Head of Faculty and/or Admissions Tutor to ensure that basic entry requirements have been met.

The next stage is attendance at one of our two day Introductory Workshops. This workshop covers a range of topics that include: The concept of integration, different theoretical models that we draw on in the training and related research issues; the integration of theory and practice and some of the challenges that a training of this kind can pose to a student. The workshop is also intended to provide participants with an experience of our ‘house style’ and philosophy of teaching and learning.

The workshop is part of the assessment process – we assess participants and also ask individuals to assess themselves against our criteria; participants’ are also assessing the extent to which our style of training is a ‘good fit’ for their own learning style.

Please note that this workshop can also be attended ahead of submitting references.  Please be aware that as workshop spaces can be limited you are advised to book on one of these sessions as soon as you feel you are ready to apply.  Please contact the DCPsych Senior Academic Coordinator for further information.

Following the initial application and attendance at the Introductory Workshop suitable applicants will be invited to attend an Assessment Interview that normally involves a small group discussion session plus one-to-one interviews.

Please note: We cannot process your application if there are no references, or if other required pieces are not included; do make sure, therefore, that a full application is submitted.

If you have any questions or require any further information please email our Senior Academic Co-ordinator, Duncan Steed by email, or call him on +44 (0)20 8832 3075.


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