Students who successfully complete the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling will:
- Be reflective, self-aware, safe, accountable and competent psychotherapists and counsellors
- Have an understanding of both person-centred and psychodynamic theoretical perspectives in counselling and psychotherapy.
- Have a sound understanding of the development of the person, group processes, therapeutic relationships and processes, and will critically examine the role of counselling and psychotherapy in society
- Increase their self-awareness, communication skills and interpersonal skills.
- Understand the ethical nature of the therapeutic relationship, and develop an appreciation of the need for clear boundaries and contracts.
- Understand the social, cultural, philosophical and historical contexts of the practice of psychotherapy and counselling.
- Explore the significance of difference, diversity and power in helping relationships.
- Be able to critically evaluate debates about psychological norms and psychopathology.
- Possess highly developed and transferable skills, including critical thinking, theoretical reasoning, evaluation, scholarship and research skills.
- Be able to contribute to knowledge of counselling and psychotherapy through undertaking effective practise-based research.
- Identify, conceptualise and offer original and creative insights into therapeutic practice.
- Be able to communicate research findings and advanced practice-based knowledge to a standard required of published academic, peer-reviewed work.
This article was published on Nov 29, 2010