University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology

The programme enables students to take a critical academic approach to theory; an inherently dialogical and reflexive attitude to clinical practice; a development of an ethical stance that respects the otherness of the other; and a development of a reflective and outward facing identity when it comes to research. In order to form effective counselling psychology practitioners, the programme aims to: Promote personal awareness and development in the form of personal and professional groups and personal therapy; develop theoretical and psychological knowledge (including new and challenging perspectives); develop therapeutic skills, providing opportunities for supervised practice; foster an informed awareness of current professional concerns and debates; develop research knowledge and skills that embrace the reflective scientist practitioner identity.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree in psychology and graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) from the British Psychological Society (BPS). Clinical experience and/or training in psychotherapy and counselling. Satisfactory check by the Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS), formerly known as the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB). Sufficient personal maturity, robustness, and stability to cope with the demands of the programme. Applicants whose 1st first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course modules

Year 1 modules include: Humanistic/existential/gestalt; lifespan development; assessment and formulation; therapeutic skills, practice, and audit; group supervision tutorials; issues in counselling psychology practice; critical psychopathology; issues in counselling psychology practice; research methods: qualitative and quantitative paradigms; personal and professional development group. Year 2 modules include: Theoretical models: psychodynamic approaches; therapeutic skills, practice, and audit; group supervision tutorials; issues in counselling psychology practice; personal and professional development group. Year 3 modules include: Theoretical models: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) (2nd and 3rd wave approaches); therapeutic skills, practice and audit; group supervision tutorials; issues in counselling psychology practice; workshop programmes in the form of video recordings of students therapeutic practice development; personal and professional development group.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes: Essays, clinical reports, research assignments, videotaped practical exercises and class presentations.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PsychD Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (EU) 36 months
PsychD Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (England) 36 months
PsychD Full-time September 2016 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 36 months
PsychD Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 36 months
PsychD Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Scotland) 36 months
PsychD Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,300 per Year 1 (Wales) 36 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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