DCPsych in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy

About the Course

Course Duration
4 years
Available Study Modes
Intensive Study, Saturday Weekly or Wednesday - Weekly

Course Description

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 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 course may be taken full-time, over 4 years, or part-time for a longer period. For the first two years, students may participate as distance learners, attending on an intensive basis for blocks of study, or as weekly attenders, attending NSPC in London either on a Wednesday for three ten week terms, or on a Saturday.  Some of the modules may also be studied online with intensive online tutor support. Weekly attenders may also be required to attend some intensives.

The third and fourth years of the course are provided by 5 day intensives or, for some modules, online with intensive online supervision.

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

Programme of Study

Year 1

  • Critical Psychopathology Practice
  • Critical Psychopathology Theory
  • Existential Practice
  • Existential Theory
  • Intro to Counselling Psychology Theory & Parctice
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory & Practice
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Year 2

  • Advanced Existential
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Theory & Methods (Y2)
  • Development Through the Life Span
  • Programme Planning/Research Planning
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Y2 Clinical Supervision 2/3
  • Y2 Research Supervision 2/3

Year 3

  • Advanced Research Seminar
  • Counselling Psychology Settings & Integration
  • Counselling Psychology Skills & Assessment
  • Part 1 Research Project
  • Social, Cultural & Ethical Issues
  • Y3 Clinical Supervision 1/3
  • Y3 Clinical Supervision 2/3
  • Y3 Clinical Supervision and Case Study 3/3
  • Y3 Research Supervision 1/3
  • Y3 Research Supervision 2/3
  • Y3 Research Supervision 3/3

Year 4

  • Existential Group Training
  • Existential Supervision Training
  • Leadership Training
  • Preparation for Viva
  • Research Project Part 2 Final- Doctorates
  • Y4 Clinical Supervision 1/3
  • Y4 Clinical Supervision 2/3
  • Y4 Clinical Supervision and Case Study 3/3
  • Y4 Research Supervision 1/3
  • Y4 Research Supervision 2/3
  • Y4 Research Supervision 3/3