Division of Counselling Psychology

Training

Careers, education and training

The pathways 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 are also detailed information about the different routes to qualification- teaching (Doctorate) and independent (QCoP) route, alongside useful links to reading materials and websites for the aspiring trainee.

QCoP- Train independently to be a Counselling Psychologist: Launch Date: April 1st 2018

https://www.bps.org.uk/psychologists/society-qualifications/qualification-counselling-psychology

The Counselling Psychology Qualification Board is pleased to announce the launch of its revised qualification.  Applications for enrolment are welcome after 1 April 2018. This route to achieving eligibility for Chartered membership in the applied discipline of Counselling Psychology has been available to members since 1992 when Divisional Status was first granted, and it is a member benefit. Training via the Society’s Qualification is a route that assesses the same competencies as in Higher Education Institutions on taught courses, but offers greater flexibility in terms of the settings within which the candidate can work and their geographical location.  The changes to the revised qualification are the result of extensive consideration of feedback from candidates, supervisors and assessors and are intended to streamline the assessment process and facilitate a more logical progression through the qualification. 

So what’s new about the revised qualification? The design is now shaped around portfolio submission, and candidates are required to demonstrate the competencies and show theoretical knowledge practice in a range of settings, personal development, ethical standards and research. Philosophical perspectives continue to underpin the training. On-going approval was granted by the Health and Care Professions Council in November 2017. 

What’s the same about the revised qualification? Study is still supervised by a Co-ordinating Supervisor; appropriate prior qualifications will be taken into account; training is at the candidates’ pace whilst in a work-related position. Payment can be spread over the time of study.  Some candidates choose to form ‘study buddies’ with other candidates; this is self-organised. All details about the revised qualification can be found on the QCoP webpage; enquiries to:[email protected]

Enrolments for the current version of the qualification are open until 6 April 2018 after which time the current version of the qualification will close to new enrolments. 

Counselling Psychology Qualifications Board

Doctorate- Teaching route to qualifying as a Counselling Psychologist

The Society accredits undergraduate, postgraduate and conversion courses. Information on accredited courses can be found using our Accredited Course Search facility. As of 2018, 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 South Wales, 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.

Doctoral Govermental Loan Scheme- DCoP Position Statement

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

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

Please take a look at the following thought-provoking article from the BACPG:

Proposal to include race, culture and diversity in the training of Counselling Psychologists

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

We have two types of Facebook Groups

  • In-Training and Qualified Members of the Division 

Join fellow Counselling Psychologists to discuss topical, practice or research related issues. To join, email [email protected] including in your request your Facebook email address and BPS membership number. This inbox is manned by administrators of the group. A voucher system will be used to verify those wanting to join.

  • Those contemplating a career in Counselling Psychology

If you're looking for advice and support from in-training or qualified professions, this is the group to join. Ask questions about course requirements, application forms, interviews, what to expect from training and lots more.

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/

Twitter

Follow us at @DCoPUK for latest news and updates from the Division

Facebook

Like our Division of Counselling Psychology Facebook Page to keep up to date with BPS and Division events, professional updates and research requests from our Members.


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.