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DProf in Existential Psychotherapy  Counselling by  Professional Studies

Key Course Details

Like the DCPsych, the philosophy of this programme  is existential, which 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.

However, unlike the DCPsych, students on this course are not required to have studied psychology.

The final dissertation will therefore include a discursive, philosophical element and the research will usually be based on phenomenological enquiry.

The Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling is a joint programme between NSPC and Middlesex University.  Successful completion of the doctoral programme leads to the award of a DProf degree by Middlesex University.        Successful completion of the DProf also qualifies candidates for full membership of the University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and thus also for the Universities Training College, which confers eligibility for UKCP accreditation as an existential psychotherapist.

Completion of the full professional doctorate or the MProf (3 years of study) together with further placement and supervision at NSPC (up to 450 hours of supervised practice) qualifies a candidate to apply for accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.     In addition the DProf also enables candidates to apply to the supervision recognition scheme of BACP, since the four-year doctoral programme includes one year of supervision and group leadership training. 

Possible Study Modes:
  • Intensive
  • Wednesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Saturdays
Length:
  • 4 Years (Full Time)
  • 8 Years (Part Time)
Entry Requirements:
  • A good Bachelor’s Degree in any subject
  • An introductory course in psychotherapy and counselling such as the New School’s own Foundation Course
  • Some counselling practice, either professionally or in a voluntary position, for instance with Childline or the Samaritans
  • Personal suitability for the course to be demonstrated at interview
  • Fluent English (IELTS score of 7.0 or TOEFL score of 87)
Accreditation:
 

 

This is a joint Middlesex University and New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling programme. It will lead to a Professional Doctorate in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling.

The DProf in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling has ongoing accreditation with the UPCA.

Professional Registration:
  • Successful completion of the DProf qualifies candidates for full membership of the University Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and thus also for the Universities Training College, which confers eligibility for UKCP accreditation as an existential psychotherapist.
  • Candidates will also have completed sufficient supervision and group leadership training to apply for recognition as a supervisor and trainer with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

All of the above pathways are subject to the candidate meeting the professional training requirements as well as the academic requirements.  Applications for professional registration occur after the completion of the programme and are subject to separate scrutiny by the professional bodies. 

Qualifications:
 
 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 MA (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. 
 
Start Dates:
 
Autumn, Winter and Spring start dates are available on this programme