Doctor of Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice (DPPClinPrac)

Duration Part time 4-6 years
By Blended Learning
Discipline
  • Psychology
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Research overview

The Doctor of Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice programme provides both academic and clinical training to professionals working within, and wishing to work within, clinical psychotherapeutic-related environments. This is a new professional clinical doctorate at the University of Exeter.

Study while working

The programme content, structure and delivery is designed to meet the needs and interests of students who are also working professionals. The on-campus learning is delivered on the Streatham Campus in Exeter, in twelve week-long termly blocks over the course of four years. The rest of the programme may be completed by distance learning via online provision, allowing you to complete your study around your work commitments.

Learn from senior clinicians

Exeter has an international reputation for research relevant to psychotherapeutic clinical practice. As well as being taught by experienced, analytically trained clinicians who are also working in various clinical settings, you will also have access to senior, research-active supervisors and teachers in a range of research methodologies, qualitative and quantitative, with a wide spectrum of research interests.

The programme is based on the latest guidance for research which investigates how to develop and determine the components, efficacy, effectiveness, applicability and translational utility of complex healthcare interventions for complex interventions in medicine. It integrates investigative methods for complex interventions through a mixed methodological process of development, feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation.

How to apply

Please apply online using our application portal, where you will be able to submit your supporting documents.

Content and structure

The programme is studied in two stages and includes doctorate-level training in clinical practice research skills:

Stage one

Stage one consists of two years where you will undertake seminars, clinical work with patients, an institutional observation and a small-scale research project. This will be in a challenging environment amidst a supportive community of clinician and researcher peers.

At the end of stage one of the programme, you should be competent to work psychotherapeutically within a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy frame, under supervision, within an institutional setting.

Stage one comprises 210 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice I
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice I
  • Psychoanalytic Theory I
  • Institutional Observation
  • Psychological Therapies Small-Scale Research Project and Viva

Stage two

Stage two of the programme consists of a further two years of clinical practice, clinical work, observations, seminars, and development of a research project relevant to clinical practice.

On successful completion of stage 2 of the programme you should be competent to practise as either a psychodynamic or a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in an independent, ethical practice.

Stage two comprises 330 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice II
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice II
  • Psychoanalytic Theory II
  • Developmental Studies and Child Observation
  • Dissertation

Blended learning

You will have one block week of in-person learning per term throughout the four years (a total of 12). Learning Sets, tutorials and supervision sessions can be joined online. Personal therapy, clinical work and observations are carried out face-to-face and locally to you.

Careers

This programme will allow people who are working in, or wish to work in, a relevant clinical profession to achieve registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychodynamic or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and enables them to have proven research expertise at doctoral level.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

An Honours degree or equivalent and evidence of ability to work academically at Doctoral level.

Professional requirements

Experience of working with people in a way that is relevant to clinical psychotherapeutic work. Professional mental health qualification and/or experience or equivalent. Experience of personal therapy of a kind approved by the programme staff according to the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) professional regulator's guidelines.

Personal therapy requirements

All students must be in therapy with a training therapist/analyst in the correct British Psychoanalytic Council’s (BPC) registration category, with either a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or alternatively Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, dependent on the training you are undertaking. The training therapist must be approved by the programme staff and ratified by the university Course Committee. At a minimum, students must remain in therapy at the appropriate frequency for the duration of the course of training that they are pursuing.

Interview and sample of work

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and submit a relevant piece of work. This may include, for example, prior publications or previous academic work.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

How to apply

Please apply online using our application portal, where you will be able to submit your supporting documents.

Finance: fees and funding

Fees to be confirmed in January 2022.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about our research degrees, for further information please contact the programme team:

Email: dppclinprac@exeter.ac.uk

Content and structure

The programme is studied in two stages and includes doctorate-level training in clinical practice research skills:

Stage one

Stage one consists of two years where you will undertake seminars, clinical work with patients, an institutional observation and a small-scale research project. This will be in a challenging environment amidst a supportive community of clinician and researcher peers.

At the end of stage one of the programme, you should be competent to work psychotherapeutically within a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy frame, under supervision, within an institutional setting.

Stage one comprises 210 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice I
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice I
  • Psychoanalytic Theory I
  • Institutional Observation
  • Psychological Therapies Small-Scale Research Project and Viva

Stage two

Stage two of the programme consists of a further two years of clinical practice, clinical work, observations, seminars, and development of a research project relevant to clinical practice.

On successful completion of stage 2 of the programme you should be competent to practise as either a psychodynamic or a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in an independent, ethical practice.

Stage two comprises 330 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice II
  • Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice II
  • Psychoanalytic Theory II
  • Developmental Studies and Child Observation
  • Dissertation

Blended learning

You will have one block week of in-person learning per term throughout the four years (a total of 12). Learning Sets, tutorials and supervision sessions can be joined online. Personal therapy, clinical work and observations are carried out face-to-face and locally to you.

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This programme is delivered by Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR): an applied psychological practice centre of excellence, focussed on training the new psychological therapies workforce of the future.

Athena SWAN

We have made a commitment to gender equality for all our staff and students. Psychology has been granted a Silver Athena SWAN award.

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