Our Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology is a fully- accredited practitioner training course leading to Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration and Chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS) through a programme of personal and professional development designed to develop competencies in the assessment and psychotherapeutic treatment of complex mental health issues.
The vitality of the course comes from an experienced and supportive course team, passionate about empowerment in mental health. A foundation in humanist values, with emphasis on an empathic therapist-client relationship as central to mental health work, allows an integrative framework for development of a range of clinical, research and reflective skills. Through the integration of theoretical training, research processes, critical approaches to psychopathology and reflective working you will learn to develop an integrative method of professional practice incorporating the latest developments in evidence-based practice at the forefront of mental health-care.
The doctorate is studied full-time over 3 years, or part-time over 5 years. The course begins with a two-day residential at the end of September, which includes an overnight hotel stay providing the opportunity to meet members of your cohort, other year groups and staff members in an informal setting. Welcome
Week activities and course induction follows, bringing key skills in preparation for the course, clinical placement and research.
After induction, teaching is structured per week as follows for the full-time route*:
Semester 1: September to December 3 University days, 1 day independent reading
Semester 2: January to April 1 University day, 3 days placement, 1 day independent research
Summer period: April to September 3 days placement, 1 day independent research
*The part time route involves splitting Year 1 & 2. Due to practicalities of part-time study, application to this route may only be made by exception as it requires increased independent self-direction. Applicants will need an existing MSc Psychology to be considered for this route.
The course fee also includes:
Year 1 - Placement Preparation | Psychological Theory and Therapy: Humanism | Psychological Theory and Therapy: CBT | Conducting and Interpreting Research | Personal and Professional Development 1 | Clinical Practice and Workshops 1: Psychopathology, Theory and Practice.
Year 2 - Psychological Theory and Practice: Psychodynamic and Contemporary Approaches | Theoretical Approaches: Lifespan, Developmental Psychology and Contexts | Personal and Professional Development 2 | Clinical Practice and Workshops 2: Issues and Skills in Counselling Psychology | Doctoral Thesis.
Year 3 - Psychological Theory and Therapy: Systemic and Family Therapy | Personal and Professional Development 3 | Clinical Practice and Workshops 3: Professional Issues | Doctoral Thesis.
Our facilities include premium quality media suites, postgraduate and researcher-only learning suites, and specialist library support to enhance learning and reflective practice. We have developed a unique user-friendly online course guide and support forum, providing a clear understanding of the purpose and outline
of the entire course, designed to allow course documentation to evolve and meet the ever changing needs of trainees. We offer support for developing presentation skills at the annual Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) conference, in addition to funding for attendance.
The Counselling Psychology staff team is heavily engaged with the Division of Counselling Psychology and committed to furthering the profession to meet the ever-diversifying demands of professional practice. The core team shares responsibility for the running of the programme, and alternate directorship between teaching and research direction.
In addition to the team’s research and teaching expertise, we integrate the work of specialist placement supervisors and experts within the profession to work with us in providing the training experience.
The Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing series of seminars and lectures spans education, sport, care, psychology, health and wellbeing, bringing you a variety of engaging speakers and experts from the University of Wolverhampton and many other UK universities, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/fehw/lectures
Counselling psychologists work in a range of settings, performing assessment and therapy with clients presenting with personal problems. They offer assessment and formulation work, followed by brief and long-term psychotherapies characterised by active collaborative relationship facilitating empowerment and change. Areas of work include the effects of childhood abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and complex family issues. The skills of a counselling psychologist extend outside the therapeutic setting such as leading and developing mental health services, clinical supervision, legal settings, court and expert witness work and consultation with charities.
Some examples of work settings are:
This pathway constitutes professional counselling psychology training. Upon successful completion, students are eligible for Chartered Psychologist status with the BPS and are eligible for entry onto the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) register as Counselling Psychologists.Those wishing to practice the profession using the title 'Counselling Psychologist' must register with the HCPC upon completion of the course.
Note: Overseas applicants must provide confirmation from the BPS that their degree has been recognised, and must normally possess a recognised qualification in counselling at least to certificate level accredited by a professional body. Please also note that to be eligible to apply for HCPC registration upon graduation you will need a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. Enhanced DBS clearance is needed prior to entry onto the course, which must be self-funded.
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These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number . A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.