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

The Metanoia Institute

Professional Courses , Psychotherapy

Course Description

The DCPsych programme allows candidates to work towards the academic 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 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).

The programme is based on a practitioner research philosophy and comprises an innovative design which seeks to integrate research and practice at doctoral level.  It is open to psychology graduates (at least a 2:1 degree) who possess the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the BPS, and who believe that they have the capabilities to make a significant contribution to practice based knowledge in the psychological therapies. The course offers an integrative programme of study in the theory and practice of psychological therapy, and covers both clinical and research training.

The programme is based on a practitioner research philosophy and comprises an innovative design which seeks to integrate research and practice at doctoral level.  It is open to psychology graduates (at least a 2:1 degree) who possess the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the BPS, and who can demonstrate training and practise in the use of counselling skills and theory, in either a work-based or voluntary setting.

The course offers an integrative programme of study in the theory and practice of psychological therapy, and covers both clinical and research training. Successful candidates graduate from the programme with the capability to make a significant contribution to practice based knowledge in the psychological therapies and must demonstrate a commitment to both these elements of the programme.

The course is offered over ten monthly weekend units, over each academic year, thus allowing candidates to combine their broader life commitments with the demands of further study.  In addition to formal training time, students develop their skill level with clients in placement settings and engage in their own personal therapy, over the duration of the programme.  The structured training runs over five course years with the specification from Middlesex University that all course requirements are completed within three years after the end of the structured training. 

The DCPsych programme allows candidates to work towards the academic 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 approved by the Health and Care Professions Council...

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Entry Requirements

The programme reflects a doctoral level profession and applicants are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at doctoral level. 

Applicants need to have:

  • A 2:1 (or higher) degree in psychology that confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the British Psychological Society (BPS);

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  • A conversion Diploma/Postgraduate Certificate that gives equivalence to a Psychology degree and confers GBC.

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  • an MSc in a psychological field (an MSc is not a standard requirement). GBC is still required.

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  • Relevant work or ‘life’ experience (e.g. volunteer/counselling roles, personal therapy etc.)

The programme reflects a doctoral level profession and applicants are required to demonstrate that they are able to work at doctoral level.  Applicants need to have: A 2:1 (or higher) degree in psychology that confers the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) as specified by the British Psychological Society...

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