Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Teesside University)

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Hi,

I am hoping to enroll for the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Teesside University and would like to know if there is anyone who is on the programme or had been a student in the programme.
How well the programme organised?
How do they support the students in placements?
What are the good things about the programme and are there anything you didn't like about the programme?


Many thanks

This would help me to make a decision.
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Hi,I have only just seen this and it has been a year since your post so not sure if you still need any advice.I have done the doctorate and really enjoyed it. Will try to answer your questions as best I can.1) I felt the programme was organised well. All assignments are relevant and help you develop your confidence and skills. The modules are interesting and relatively well structured. You are in for classes 2 days a week and do about 5 modules altogether. Each one has an assignment. You learn CBT in first year, and the Psychodynamic in the second. Third year is all about learning to integrate and find your own therapeutic style.2) There is a member of the teaching team that is in charge of helping with placements every year. They post notices online about what is available, and you can contact them if you have any issues. Your placement needs to be checked and authorised by the course, therefore best to go with one they advertise. I managed to get my first placement interview in October of the first year and then started it in January. I would recommend starting really early with applying for placements as the process of getting things organised (eg DBS checks and inductions) takes ages!3) I think there are many good things about the programme. Many of the lecturers are very passionate about their modules, and give a lot of practical examples of how they have managed situations in their own counselling practice. The uni also has a lot of fantastic facilities, such as the library, so that makes it easy to access resources to help with assignments. The classes are quite small (about 10 people), so you get to know everyone really well and support each other. I made some friends for life.Regarding what I didn’t like, that is a tough one to answer. The course can be a bit chaotic at times. We had lots of lecturers leaving, meaning that everyone ended up changing research supervisor many times. The staff aren’t always brilliant at responding to emails because they are so overworked, so you have to chase them to get answers at times. Also, sometimes the assignment deadlines are really poorly planned, so you end up having 4 big essays due very close together.Overall, I loved it. But it was mentally and physically exhausting. There are points where you have no time for a normal social life as you are so busy with assignments and placements. But you get there. I would recommend getting a good personal therapist and sticking with them throughout the course. Obviously had to spend a lot of money on it, but it was invaluable in getting me through the stress.Hope that helps, and good luck.
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I am currently applying for a doctorate in counselling psychology, any tips on what to put in a personal statement?
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Hello I’m applying too for a September start. I’m really stressed out about it. Teeside uni seems to be my favourite program in my chosen course, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I really hope I get in. I believe we have to do an interview. Does anyone know if this is with one person or a few people? Has anyone been through the process and can ease our anxieties surrounding it all.
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(Original post by Soriya93)
Hello I’m applying too for a September start. I’m really stressed out about it. Teeside uni seems to be my favourite program in my chosen course, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I really hope I get in. I believe we have to do an interview. Does anyone know if this is with one person or a few people? Has anyone been through the process and can ease our anxieties surrounding it all.
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I know this is easier said than done, but try not to stress about it too much. When I did my interview years ago for the Doctorate I was so anxious. But it wasn’t scary at all.

For my interview I was asked to prepare a short presentation (up to 10 minutes) about my therapeutic work with one client. This was not a PowerPoint or anything, so you just have to remember it off by heart. I chose a simple CBT case and talked about how important it was to value the therapeutic relationship, and work collaboratively with the client to support them. The Teesside Counselling Psychology Doctorate is really focused on the therapeutic alliance, so they love that.

Next, they asked me if I had any ideas about future thesis research. I told them the areas I was interested in, and they said that was good (You don’t need to give them lots of specific details. They just want to see that you have a field of interest that would fit with the course).

Finally, they asked a few self care questions to check that I would be able to manage the stress of the course. I just pretended that I eat and sleep regularly etc. They love hearing about how you manage boundaries.

The interview is with 2 members of the teaching staff. It is quite relaxed and informal, but obviously try to come across as professional as possible. I’m assuming any interviews over the next few months will be done remotely by video call due to Covid-19. The first couple of months of lectures will probably be similar, as the uni is keen to avoid the risk of students getting unwell.

If you really want to get into the Doctorate, I would recommend making your application as strong as possible. If you have training/experience with therapy, focus on all of that. If not (I actually didn’t have so much as I came straight from a psychology undergrad degree), I would recommend doing an online course for an extra qualification. I paid about £50 for a diploma in CBT course and completed it all in a month. I also had experience on my cv working with people, but I believe the CBT diploma ticked the therapeutic knowledge box for them.

I hope that makes sense. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

And Good Luck. You can do it!
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Hi,

I know this is easier said than done, but try not to stress about it too much. When I did my interview years ago for the Doctorate I was so anxious. But it wasn’t scary at all.

For my interview I was asked to prepare a short presentation (up to 10 minutes) about my therapeutic work with one client. This was not a PowerPoint or anything, so you just have to remember it off by heart. I chose a simple CBT case and talked about how important it was to value the therapeutic relationship, and work collaboratively with the client to support them. The Teesside Counselling Psychology Doctorate is really focused on the therapeutic alliance, so they love that.

Next, they asked me if I had any ideas about future thesis research. I told them the areas I was interested in, and they said that was good (You don’t need to give them lots of specific details. They just want to see that you have a field of interest that would fit with the course).

Finally, they asked a few self care questions to check that I would be able to manage the stress of the course. I just pretended that I eat and sleep regularly etc. They love hearing about how you manage boundaries.

The interview is with 2 members of the teaching staff. It is quite relaxed and informal, but obviously try to come across as professional as possible. I’m assuming any interviews over the next few months will be done remotely by video call due to Covid-19. The first couple of months of lectures will probably be similar, as the uni is keen to avoid the risk of students getting unwell.

If you really want to get into the Doctorate, I would recommend making your application as strong as possible. If you have training/experience with therapy, focus on all of that. If not (I actually didn’t have so much as I came straight from a psychology undergrad degree), I would recommend doing an online course for an extra qualification. I paid about £50 for a diploma in CBT course and completed it all in a month. I also had experience on my cv working with people, but I believe the CBT diploma ticked the therapeutic knowledge box for them.

I hope that makes sense. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.

And Good Luck. You can do it!
OMG!! Thank you so much, this was so informative and helpful, thank you. I applied, the deadline was on the 31 July 2020. However, I haven’t heard anything, how long did it take for you to hear back?
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OMG!! Thank you so much, this was so informative and helpful, thank you. I applied, the deadline was on the 31 July 2020. However, I haven’t heard anything, how long did it take for you to hear back?
No problem. I always wished someone had been able to give me some advice and support when I was applying, so I’m happy to help others.

Well done on getting your application in. They usually get back to you within a few weeks. I know they interview people even up until the end of September, so hopefully you’ll hear back soon.

Good luck, and let me know how you get on 😊
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OMG!! Thank you so much, this was so informative and helpful, thank you. I applied, the deadline was on the 31 July 2020. However, I haven’t heard anything, how long did it take for you to hear back?
Thanks for your patience Soriya93 - we're taking a little longer than usual to process applications at the moment for a number of reasons, but we will be in touch a soon as possible! We hope we'll be seeing you soon :crossedf:
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Has anyone heard anything yet?? If they Inform us so late that we got in, when will we have time to find accommodation?? Insane!
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Thank you. Can you tell us when we will know?

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Thanks for your patience Soriya93 - we're taking a little longer than usual to process applications at the moment for a number of reasons, but we will be in touch a soon as possible! We hope we'll be seeing you soon :crossedf:

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Has anyone heard anything yet?? If they Inform us so late that we got in, when will we have time to find accommodation?? Insane!
Hi Soriya93 so sorry to hear that you haven't heard back yet and thanks so much for your patience. As you know there have been lots of changes to grading this year as well as other covid-related delays ... everyone is working hard to get decisions to remaining applicants asap. There are still places remaining in university accommodation and we'll do everything we can to help you get sorted with this if and when you need it. Please head to our online chat tomorrow between 9-4 if we can help with anything. Thanks again for hanging in there. We hope we'll be seeing you soon.
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