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Hi, I am a Psychology graduate who is keen to pursue a career in Counselling Psychology. However, I don't want to have to do the traditional doctorate required for this. Instead, I would rather secure a paid trainee position and get into the profession that way. I know the NHS used to have trainee Counselling Psychologist positions, along with Clinical, Forensic etc. Are these still a thing? I know Trainee Clinical positions are still available. I am doing a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy this September before planning to move into Counselling Psychology. Can anyone shed light on whether paid trainee positions are still going?

'𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘴𝘺𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘏𝘚 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥 6 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 (𝘈𝘧𝘊) 𝘗𝘢𝘺 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 £30,401 𝘵𝘰 £37,267.'

If not, are there other ways I can become a Counselling Psychologist without doing a doctorate? I know there is the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP), but again it still takes 3 years to complete and is a lot of work.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Hi, I am a Psychology graduate who is keen to pursue a career in Counselling Psychology. However, I don't want to have to do the traditional doctorate required for this. Instead, I would rather secure a paid trainee position and get into the profession that way. I know the NHS used to have trainee Counselling Psychologist positions, along with Clinical, Forensic etc. Are these still a thing? I know Trainee Clinical positions are still available. I am doing a Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy this September before planning to move into Counselling Psychology. Can anyone shed light on whether paid trainee positions are still going?

'𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘴𝘺𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘕𝘏𝘚 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘺𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘣𝘢𝘯𝘥 6 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘢 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 (𝘈𝘧𝘊) 𝘗𝘢𝘺 𝘙𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴, 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 £30,401 𝘵𝘰 £37,267.'

If not, are there other ways I can become a Counselling Psychologist without doing a doctorate? I know there is the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP), but again it still takes 3 years to complete and is a lot of work.

Thank you in advance for your help.
Unfortunately, as it stands, the two routes you mentioned are the only way to become a qualified Counselling Psychologist.

I am also looking at training as a Counselling Psychologist, and it is disappointing that training for this does not receive the same funding as Clinical Psychologist training, considering many places advertise "Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist" roles.

I have also heard that gaining placements on the QCoP route can be very difficult compared to doing a professional doctorate program. Apparently that is because placements prefer to take trainees where they know the level of supervision & academic training is consistent on an established program.

Ultimately, if you want to become a Counselling Psychologist, you will be looking at that minimum 3-year training period and, at the moment, no funding for it.
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