DCPsych in Counselling Psychology  Psychotherapy by  Professional Studies

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The Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University.  It is designed for students who have obtained the Graduate Basis for Chartering of the British Psychological Society..
The philosophy of this programme, like that of the DProf for which a psychology degree is not required,  is existential.  This  means that the focus of students’ practical work will be on understanding the human predicaments of their clients in a philosophical way. It draws on the work of existential and phenomenological thinkers and on the practice of existential psychotherapy.
 The final dissertation will therefore include a discursive, philosophical element and the research will usually be based on phenomenological enquiry.

Successful completion of the doctoral programme leads to the award of a DCPsych degree by Middlesex University.  The DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy has ongoing accreditation with the British Psychological Society and as such completion of the programme confers eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society (CPsychol).  

Successful completion of this programme also provides eligibility to apply for registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC).  It is a legal requirement that anyone who wishes to practice using a title protected by the Health Professions Order 2001 is on the HPC Register.  For more information, please see the HPC website at: www.hpc-uk.org.

Completion of the DCPsych, plus the Human Sexuality module, also leads to eligibility for registration as an existential psychotherapist BPS Learning Centre Approvedwith the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, through membership of the Universities Training College.

 In addition, after becoming a chartered psychologist, those who have completed the DCPsych will also be eligible for registration as a psychologist supervisor with the British Psychological Society.


PGCert, PG Dip, and Master’s exits from the DCPsych programme

It is possible for candidates who choose not to complete the full doctoral programme, to exit after one year with a PG Certificate,  two years with an MSc (or with a PG Diploma if a research project is not completed), and after three years with an MProf.  Satisfactory completion of three years of study, and of 450 hours of supervised psychotherapy practice as part of that course, means that a student is elibible to apply both for BACP. In addition to the full DCPsych, students may also choose to take an extra module in Human Sexuality in order to be eligible for UKCP registration.