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
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,
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
Please take a look at the following thought-provoking article from the BACPG:
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:
Please see our directory for further details.
Other members offer Counselling Psychology services, such as general counselling, professional counselling and supervision.
Social Media Platforms and Online community
We have two types of Facebook Groups
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.
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.
Follow the link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/186023151967510/
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