The DPsych is no longer offering places to applicants in 2021-22 and going forwards.
The Regent’s DPsych Counselling Psychology programme is a professional doctorate in counselling psychology validated by The Open University. The programme consists of taught theory, practice and research modules over three full-time years, a practitioner psychologist training, and a doctoral research degree.
The DPsych underwent a successful revalidation during 2019 and has subsequently been revalidated with no conditions for a full-term period of five years with effect from 1st September 2019.
The programme meets the learning outcomes and standards of training for counselling psychology required by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be eligible to apply to the BPS for Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) status and for Full Membership of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology. You will also be eligible to apply to the HCPC Register of Practitioner Psychologists to work under the legally protected title of Counselling Psychologist.
The Regent’s DPsych programme promotes a relational, pluralistic and anti-discriminatory ethos in therapeutic work and in research. You will explore existentialist and phenomenological theories and practices, contemporary second-wave and third-wave cognitive behavioural therapy approaches, and relational psychodynamic psychotherapy, together with fields such as critical psychology, art and literature, postmodernism and pluralism, ontology and epistemology, and ethics.
You will gain an understanding of how different theories and perspectives conceptualise the nature of distress and the role of the therapist, and explore diverse ways of working in different settings and among different communities.
Throughout your training, you will be encouraged to demonstrate critical thinking, creativity and reflexivity. You will learn how to respond to your clients’ needs while also considering organisational parameters and contextual demands. You will explore the nuances of the “between spaces” in encounters with others and the ethics of intersubjectivity.
This programme will enable you to:
- Develop as a competent, reflective, ethically sound, resourceful and informed practitioner, able to work in therapeutic and non-therapeutic contexts
- Value the imaginative, interpretative, personal and intimate aspects of the practice of counselling psychology
- Commit to ongoing personal and professional development and enquiry
- Understand, develop and apply a range of different psychological models and theories
- Appreciate the significance of the wider social, cultural and political domains within which counselling psychology operates
- Adopt a questioning and evaluative approach to the philosophy, practice, research and theory that constitute the discipline of counselling psychology