School of Health and Life Sciences  

Counselling Psychology

There is a substantial demand in public and private sectors for highly skilled professionals able to effectively enhance psychological well-being in a range of clinical populations. There is a growing awareness, both nationally and internationally, of the importance of good mental health and there are now many initiatives promoting the importance of effective psychological interventions delivered by skilled practitioners.

The promotion of psychological well-being is a key target of many nations. Alongside this is the recognition that a range of psychological interventions is necessary to meet the varied demands of different client groups. The DPsych in Counselling Psychology is aimed at graduate psychologists wishing to enhance their applied skills in the area of counselling and applied psychological practice.

The programme offers clinical training in both humanistic (person-centred) and cognitive-behavioural approaches to psychological practice, and situates these within a range of clinical contexts. Students undertake skills development throughout their studies and undertake a clinical placement each year. They also undergo substantial personal and professional development work to enable them to manage the demands of working with complex client groups, as well as completing  substantial doctoral research study in the field of psychological well-being.

UK & EU Students

Course Details

Classification:DPsych

Course Duration:3 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Psychology

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

Year Fee Description/Notes
2015/16 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

Year Fee Description/Notes
2015/16 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

EssentialCandidates must hold a good first degree in Psychology, granting them Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychology Society. They must also demonstrate experience in a caring role and personal maturity.
English LanguageInternational students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of satisfactory competence by completing an IELTS test with a score of at least 7.5 (or equivalent).

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

Classification:DPsych

Course Duration:3 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Psychology

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2015/16 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Minimum Entry Requirements

EssentialCandidates must hold a good first degree in Psychology, granting them Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychology Society. They must also demonstrate experience in a caring role and personal maturity.
English LanguageInternational students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate evidence of satisfactory competence by completing an IELTS test with a score of at least 7.5 (or equivalent).

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Further Education Students

Course Details

Classification:DPsych

Course Duration:3 Years

Course Start Date:14 September 2015

Course Mode:Full Time

Subject Area:Psychology

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
2015/16 Contact us Fees at GCU include all tuition, library, examination & administrative costs. A guide to fees at GCU.

Information about Scholarships and Bursaries

Programme Description

The programme can lead to four levels of qualification D.Psych Counselling Psychology, Master of Science Psychological Counselling Postgraduate Diploma Psychological Counselling, Postgraduate Certificate Psychological Counselling Studies, and allows a curriculum of modules that are relevant to psychology graduates looking to enhance their competencies in Counselling Psychology or to qualify as Chartered Counselling Psychologists.

The programme is unique in providing a core training in the Person-Centred/Experiential approach. This is supplemented by a further focus on Cognitive Behavioural Theory and Practice. The D.Psych in Counselling Psychology is Approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Students receiving this award are eligible to apply for registration with the HPC as a Counselling Psychologist.

The programme is also Accredited by the British Psychological Society. Students receiving the D.Psych in Counselling Psychology are eligible to apply for Chartership as a Counselling Psychologist.

Programme Contents

Psychotherapeutic Competencies and Skills; Critical Enquiry in Counselling Psychology; Advanced Research Methods and Dissertation; and Personal and Professional Development.

Modes of Study and Duration

- Full-time: three years
- Part-time: up to seven years
- September start

Placement Opportunities

Placement experience of at least 450 hours of supervised clinical practice.

Career Opportunities

The programme is an approved route towards eligibility to apply for Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration as a counselling psychologist. It is also accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) enabling students to apply to become Chartered Counselling Psychologists. Career options for graduates include the NHS (primary or secondary care), NGOs, charities and voluntary organisations, the prison service, employee assistance programmes and independent practice.

Fees and Funding

Scholarships may be available for this programme. See www.gcu.ac.uk/study/scholarships for details.

Additional costs include: clinical supervision, personal therapy, travel to and from placement settings and study materials.
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