The Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy and Counselling combines taught courses with practice placement experience and a 40,000 word supervised doctoral thesis.
It can be undertaken over 3 years of full-time study, or six years of part-time study.
Teaching and learning methods include small and large experiential group work, supervised practice, theory seminars, personal reflection, and independent study.
Students are also appointed a thesis supervisor, chosen on the basis of the compatibility of their background in both therapeutic practice and research to the student's proposed area of research. Students may also make a request for a particular member of staff to become their supervisor. The student and supervisor meet regularly throughout the period of study, and the focus and content of supervision meetings are negotiated jointly by both parties, depending on the student's learning needs.
Assessment methods combine essays with seminar presentations, self and peer assessment, placement-based assessment, the professional portfolios, and the final 40,000 word research dissertation. Students will also receive ongoing feedback on their development from tutors, supervisors and peers.
The programme provides a high level of student-tutor contact and close supervision of counselling practice, in line with both professional and academic requirements. All courses are facilitated by tutors who are experienced practitioners of counselling and psychotherapy.
This article was published on Oct 3, 2013