The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling is an advanced qualification enabling graduates to practise as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of settings.
|Name||Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling|
|Start Date||September 2014|
|Mode of Study||3 Years Full-time or 6 Years Part-time|
|Programme Leader||Seamus Prior|
|Applications Deadline||Not yet set|
Undertaken over three years of full-time study or six years of part-time study, it combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions and practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies with a substantial research dissertation.
The highest level of professional qualification available, the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines theoretical insights from the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions with practical experience gained in a range of counselling agencies and a 40,000 word research dissertation.
Delivered over three years of full-time or six years of part-time study, this programme qualifies you to work as a psychotherapist or counsellor in a wide range of contexts, and prepares you for accreditation with a relevant professional counselling body (e.g. COSCA or BACP). It also enables you to develop a practice specialism through academic study and practice placement experience.
In addition to highly-developed therapeutic and interpersonal skills, graduates of this programme will possess a sound understanding of research epistemologies and methodologies, and will therefore be able to critically evaluate research findings, to apply research findings to their therapeutic work, and to design and execute research projects which contribute to the knowledge base for counselling and psychotherapy.
The University of Edinburgh is a leading research university and an international centre of academic excellence, and therefore provides an excellent environment and outstanding resources for undertaking research.
It is also Scotland's premier research University, and was graded within the top five British Universities in the 2008 National Research Assessment Exercise. Counselling and Psychotherapy has a longstanding commitment to original empirical and theoretical research that engages critically with the practices of counselling and psychotherapy.
We are especially keen to encourage research concerned with the interface between counselling, psychotherapy and social, cultural and political life, and research that draws directly on practitioners' own engagement in therapeutic work or related kinds of work with clients.
Our research portfolio is highly interdisciplinary, integrating concepts, practices and scholarship from counselling and psychotherapy, psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, cultural studies, health and social care, and other social sciences. We specialise in qualitative, reflexive and critical research approaches.
This article was published on Jan 14, 2013