Division of Counselling Psychology


Careers, education and training

The pathway to becoming a Counselling Psychologist

Please take a look at Dr Masrita Ishaq's recent presentation on Careers in Psychology-Counselling Psychology here. Within the presentation you will find useful information about the role and breadth of areas to which Counselling Psychologists contribute. There is also detailed information about the different routes to qualification, alongside useful links to reading materials and websites for the aspiring trainee.

Careers information, including snippets on postgraduate psychology, bursaries and research support, is located on the Society's Careers, education and training webpages.

Read more about the DCoP position statement regarding the governmental doctoral loan scheme here.

Route to chartered status

The Society accredits undergraduate, postgraduate and conversion courses. Information on accredited courses can be found using our Accredited Course Search facility. As of 2015, the following insititutions offer the Counselling Psychology doctorate:  

City University, University of East London, Glasgow Caledonian University, London Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, Metanoia Institute (London), New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling (London), Regent's University London, University of Roehampton,
University of Surrey, University of Teesside, University of the West of England, University of Wolverhampton.

The Society also has a Research Interests Database, which provides direct access to information on the research interests of academics and researchers in psychology in the UK.

Culture, Diversity and Ethnic Minorities
The Division of Counselling Psychology is working hard to ensure that members' receive the best possible training in the area of culture, diversity and ethnic minorities. A proposal that outlines the way these values may be further incorporated into training courses was originally presented to the General Assembly in 2014 but has been recently updated (December 2015). It is now available to download

Help for trainees in Scotland

Some of our Scotland based members are able to assist trainees living in Scotland. They can help out through one - or more - of these roles:

  • Co-ordinator of Training
  • Placement Supervisor
  • Personal Therapist
  • Research Supervisor

Please see our directory for further details.

Other members offer Counselling Psychology services, such as general counselling, professional counselling and supervision.

Details of these can be found on the Directory of Chartered Psychologists and the List of Chartered Members.

Social Media Platforms and Online community

Facebook Groups
1. In-Training and Qualified Members of the Division 
To join, email [email protected] including in our request your Facebook email address. This inbox is manned by administrators of the group. A voucher system will be used to verify those wanting to join.

2. For those contemplating a career in Psychology
This group is opened to anyone with a BPS membership- minimum criteria of BPS student member or graduate with GBC registration.
We will ask for membership details, which will be randomly audited now and then. 

Follow the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/186023151967510/


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Society Awards and Bursaries

The Society offers a variety of Awards and Bursaries. To view the latest awards and prizes that the society is offering, please click here

The Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG) - which is funded by the Society - also offers a number of bursaries.

Union Membership

Trainees are eligible to join UNITE at a reduced rate.

Learn more about the work of UNITEs Occupations, professions and Organising Professional Committees.