The highest level of professional qualification available, the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies and a 40,000 word research dissertation.
Delivered over three years of full-time or six years of part-time study, this programme qualifies you to work as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of contexts, and prepares you for accreditation with a relevant professional counselling body (e.g. COSCA or BACP). It also enables you to develop a practice specialism through academic study and practice placement experience.
In addition to highly-developed therapeutic and interpersonal skills, graduates of this programme will possess a sound understanding of research epistemologies and methodologies, and will therefore be able to critically evaluate research findings, to apply research findings to their therapeutic work, and to design and execute research projects which contribute to the knowledge base for counselling and psychotherapy.
The next new intake for the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling will be in 2017.
This professional doctorate prepares candidates for accreditation with a relevant professional counselling body (e.g. COSCA or BACP).
The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines taught courses with practice placement experience and a 40,000 word supervised doctoral thesis.
There will be an individually-tailored balance between taught practice, professional development and research components, plus a practice-based research project.
Students are required to complete 150 hours of supervised client work in a practice placement to gain this qualification. We guarantee Master of Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) students a placement in our own dedicated counselling service, Hope Park Counselling Centre, and we also have excellent links with a range of agencies across Scotland, and can support students to find a suitable practice placement within one of these agencies.
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