Teesside University

Teesside University

Counselling Psychology

This programme delivers professional academic education combined with experiential training to produce graduates who are competent deliverers of evidence-based psychological therapy; the 1st year of the programme includes an introduction to the broad field of counselling psychology, giving a strong grounding in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural approaches to counselling psychology; during this 1st year, research methods (qualitative and quantitative) are covered and students begin clinical practice; students also form a specific supervisory contracts with their supervisors, which emphasise their development of core therapeutic skills; they are required to have a minimum of 40 hours of their own personal therapy (fees for the therapy sessions are in addition to the course fee); the 2nd year of the programme contains a stronger, more focused emphasis upon the therapeutic relationship via further training in psychodynamic therapy (in particular object relations) and an understanding of psychopathology from a variety of perspectives; clinical practice continues and students attend a timetabled series of clinical workshops designed to build upon skills and enhance knowledge; students then have substantial knowledge and skills and integrate them through the framework of the therapeutic relationship; the 3rd year of the programme develops further integrative and relational ways of working and covers professional roles and relationships in more depth.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good Honours degree in psychology; graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society (BPS); relevant counselling/therapeutic training to certificate level or equivalent; relevant counselling/therapeutic experience, e.g. NHS psychology assistant, paid or voluntary counselling work; disclosure and disbarment check. IELTS at 6.5 for International applicants.

Course modules

Year 1 core modules include: Introduction to cognitive behavioural therapy; introduction to counselling psychology; introduction to psychodynamic; research methods for counselling psychologists; therapeutic practice 1. Year 2 core modules include: Clinical workshop; counselling psychology research and dissertation preparation; psychodynamic 2; psychopathology; therapeutic practice 2. Year 3 core modules include: Counselling psychology in context; doctorate dissertation; integrative and relational approaches; professional roles and relationships; therapeutic practice 3.

Assessment methods

A variety of assessment methods is utilised throughout the programme to emphasise the broad range of skills being assessed. Assessment methods include an unseen ethics examination, critical review essays, case studies, process reports, research proposals, a thesis, oral presentation, written evaluations, supervisory reports, case work, client logs, evidence files and practical workbooks. It is expected that by using a variety of methods aimed at assessing academic and research skills alongside practical clinical skills, you are given every opportunity to demonstrate your skills.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
DCounsPsych Full-time September 2016 GBP 37,650 per Whole course (International) 3 years
DCounsPsych Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,650 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 3 years
DCounsPsych Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,650 per Whole course (Scotland) 3 years
DCounsPsych Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,650 per Whole course (Wales) 3 years
DCounsPsych Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,650 per Whole course (EU) 3 years
DCounsPsych Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,650 per Whole course (England) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Teesside University Middlesbrough TS1 3BA North East

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