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									             School of Applied Sciences

             Course Guide 2007/2008

Postgraduate Counselling Psychology – Practitioner Doctorate
                                             Practitioner Doctorate Guidelines 2007

                                             Practitioner Doctorate Guidelines 2007

The Practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology comprises a 3-4 year full time
post-graduate training resulting in the academic award of Doctor of Counselling
Psychology and eligibility for acceptance onto the register of chartered psychologists.

The programme consists of:
    a taught component (3 days per week attendance at the University over 3 years)
    a practice component (2 days per week on clinical placement over 3 years )
    a research component (a doctoral thesis beginning in year 2 with a completion
       deadline for the end of year 3 – an additional year’s registration is possible )
    a personal development component (one hour per week attendance at a
       Personal Development Group and 30 hours of personal therapy over three years)


Year 1

The first year of the training is common to all students. This year may be studied full-
time (3 days per week at the University and 2 days per week on placement over one
year) or part-time (one day per week at the University and one day per week on
placement over two years).

                                          Year 1

      Components               Semester 1             Semester 2          Total Credits

  Supervised Practice                                                          30
                                  PS4004 Supervised Practice

                              PS4043 Personal Development Group
  Personal                                                                     15
                                      Personal Therapy

                              PS4002 Humanistic Approach & Skills
  Theory and Skills                                                            60
                           PS4044 Cognitive-Behavioural Approach &

                            PS4012 Introduction to Research Methods
                                   PS4045 Research Proposal

                                   PS4013 Literature Review

  Total for year                                                               150

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Selection for Doctoral Research
The three research modules in the first year allow students to develop their research
skills gradually and have been designed to allow students to work progressively towards
registration for the doctoral research modules.

Selection criteria have been devised to assess student’s capacity to work at doctoral
level. The initial criterion for acceptance onto the doctoral programme is a pass grade
on all first year modules. In addition the selection of students for the doctorate will take
place on the basis of the quality of their research module submissions during year one
(full time) or years one and two (part time). After passing PS4012 (the introduction to
research module) in semester one, students, in semester 2, are able to register for the
literature review (PS4013). After passing the literature review students are able to
register for the research proposal module (PS4045). Eligibility for registration on the
doctoral award depends on students achieving pass grades on the ‘D’ level outcomes for
modules PS4013 and PS4045 at their first attempt.

In summary the selection criteria for the doctoral programme comprise:
     Pass grades on all first year modules
     Pass grades at ‘D’ level on PS4013 and PS4045

Students who do not meet these criteria will transfer to the Masters/Post-MSc route.

In order to provide the best supervision experience possible to students within the
University’s resources there will only be a limited number of doctoral places available
each year, it is unlikely that this will accommodate the whole cohort.

Choice of research topic: As this piece of work will result in a doctorate in counselling
psychology the topic must be relevant to the discipline and therefore must be within the
broad aims and philosophy of the training programme.

The Proposal: Please refer to the module guide for PS4045 for details
The first stage of preparing for a piece of research is to write a proposal. This should set
out your ideas in a formal, concise but comprehensive format. There does not need to
be a lot of detail because at this stage you are probably hazy about precisely how the
study will develop. However there has to be a strong research question, backed up with
a short summary of relevant, up-to-date literature, an overview of the proposed
methodological approach and some rationale for that. Details about participants, ethical
implications and procedure should also be included. A suggested structure might be:

Literature Review – merely an indication of the relevant literature in the area of your
Research question
Proposed methodological approach and rationale
Proposed method of data analysis
Details of participants and possible procedure
Ethical implications
Relevance to Counselling Psychology

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The word limit for the proposal is 3000 words so clearly the information must by
necessity be brief. However it is important to remember that as a doctoral study this is a
high level piece of research and this needs to come across in your proposal. Although
the practitioner doctorate thesis is not as lengthy as a PhD thesis it is still examined at
the same academic level. Have a look at completed theses (both Practitioner
Doctorates and PhDs) to get a feel for the level. Remember that the research must be
novel and it must be practice based.

You may approach members of the team for advice if you wish, particularly the person
that is most likely to be your supervisor. However personal tutors may also be able to
help but remember that they are not the people making the decision on approval.

The proposal must be attached to the RESPROP form for submission. This form must
also be signed prior to submission by a Director of Studies.

In section A7 a clear overview/summary of the proposed research should be provided,
referring the reader to the attached proposal for further detail.
Sections B and E should be completed as fully as possible.

Approval Process

The administration of the thesis will be the remit of the Research Institute in Healthcare
Science (RHIS) to which your RESPROP (your doctoral proposal) will be sent and their
Student Management Board (SMB) will monitor the process throughout.

Please refer to the Research Handbook for more detailed information on the
research components of the masters, post-masters and doctoral pathways.

Research Supervision

The supervision team for the research thesis will consist of one internal counselling
psychology specialist (Director of Studies) and one other supervisor who may be a
member of University academic staff with relevant experience or a workplace supervisor.
Under certain circumstances a further member of the team may be appointed in order to
add specialist expertise from amongst practitioners or staff in other academic institutions.
Students are entitled to a total of 40 hours of supervisors’ time for the total period of
registration. A supervision log will be kept. This is to include all time spent by the
supervisor in relation to the student’s work and does not just refer to face-to–face

Year 2

The taught programme in year two is common for MSc/Post-MSc and Doctorate
students. The main difference is that some students will be pursuing Masters level
research and others Doctorate level. This year of the course can only be studied on a
full time basis – 2 days a week attendance at the University in the first semester and one
day in the second semester. Two days per week are spent on placement throughout the

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                                          Year 2

     Components             Semester 3              Semester 4         Total Credits

  Supervised                    PS5015 Supervised Practice
  Practice                              30 credits

  Personal                   PS5013 Personal Development 2
  Development                          15 credits
                         Specialist Contexts
                             and Skills
                             15 credits

  Theory and Skills          PS5002                  PS5004
  Workshops              Themes & Settings     Lifespan Approach
                            15 credits              15 credits
                              PS5001                  PS5010
                        Therapeutic Issues &       Psychodynamic
                               Ethics                Approach
                             15 credits              15 credits

                                      Doctoral Thesis
  Research                                                          Not Yet Complete
                                        150 credits

  Total for year                                                           120

Progress Report

At the end of the second year all doctoral students will be asked to submit a Progress
Report outlining the progress made on their research to date. This may be followed by
an interview with their personal tutor and research supervisor.

Year 3

The taught programme in year three is also common for Post-MSc and Doctorate
students and is the final year of the taught component of the course. The main
difference is that doctoral students will be continuing with the research component
whereas Post-MSc students will have completed their Masters research at the end of
year two. This year of the course can only be studied on a full time basis – one day a
week attendance at the University and two days on placement.

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                                           Year 3

        Components           Semester 5                Semester 6        Total Credits

                                PS5016 Supervised Practice 3
    Supervised Practice                 45 credits                            45

    Personal                  PS5014 Personal Development 3
    Development                         15 credits                            15

                                 PS5017 Professional Issues
                                        30 credits
    Theory and Skills
                                PS5009 Working with Couples
                                          15 credits

                                PS5006 Advanced Research
    Research                            15 credits                            15

                                   PS5011 Doctoral Thesis
                                        150 Credits                           150

    Total                                                                     270

Total Credits for Practitioner Doctorate = 540.

    Please note the second and third year modules are subject to change.

Progress Report

At the end of the third year all doctoral students who are not submitting their thesis will
be asked to submit a progress report outlining the progress made on their research to
date and indicating the amount of work still to complete and a timescale demonstrating
how this will be achieved. This may be followed by an interview with their personal tutor
and research supervisor.

Students who have completed their research may submit their thesis by the end of

Year 4

Doctoral students are entitled to an additional year of registration in which to complete
their thesis. A fee is charged for this. The final deadline for thesis submission is May of
this year.

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Assessment of Doctoral Thesis in Counselling Psychology

The candidate is required to submit 3 copies of the thesis to the course administrator by
the submission date. On receipt of the thesis internal and external examiners will be
appointed via the normal University procedures and will be finally approved by the
University Research Committee (URC). An independent Chair will be nominated by the
URC. This process can take time especially if the initial examiners are not approved and
new ones may have to be found. The examiners are then sent copies of the thesis in
order to conduct their preliminary assessment.

The doctoral thesis is examined by a two-stage process.

Stage 1: a preliminary assessment. Having read the thesis the examiners will produce a
preliminary report. It is possible at this stage that the examiners may decide in the case
of a poor thesis that the viva is not justified.

Stage 2: the viva voce examination. The internal examiner will arrange a date for the
examination and is responsible for informing the candidate of these arrangements. The
examination will take place in the University and will be presided over by the
independent Chair. The internal and external examiners and the candidate will be
present and the candidate may request that their supervisor also attends as an observer.
The supervisor is not obliged to attend the viva and is not permitted to participate in the
examination. There is no set time limit for viva voce examinations but they can last from
between one to three hours.

Recommendation of the examiners

The examiners are permitted to make one of the following recommendations:

1.     That the candidate be awarded a PASS grade for the thesis. The grade recorded
       will be a C.

2.     That the candidate be awarded a PASS grade subject to minor amendments and
       corrections being made to the thesis to the satisfaction of the internal
       Examiner(s) and/or external Examiner(s). The examiners shall indicate to the
       candidate in writing the nature of the amendments and the date by which they
       should be completed. (For the purposes of SITS entries, until the corrections are
       approved the grade recorded is E and on successful completion of all corrections
       the grade recorded will be D).

3.     That the candidate be permitted to re-submit the thesis after substantial revisions
       and/or be re-examined as follows:

       (i)    the thesis must be revised and if deemed satisfactory by the Examiners,
              the candidate will be exempt from further examination, oral or otherwise;

       (ii)   the thesis must be revised and the candidate must undergo a further oral
              or alternative examination;

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         (iii)   the thesis is satisfactory, but the candidate must undergo a further oral or
                 alternative examination (please specify alternative):

4.       That the candidate not be granted a Pass grade and be not permitted to be re-

In the event of failure of the thesis (for which resubmission is not permitted), an award
assessment board may consider a candidate for an interim award within the programme,
including a Masters award. In this event, candidates must fulfil all the requirements for
the alternate award, including submission of a satisfactory research project/dissertation.

Practitioner Doctorate ‘At Risk’ Procedure
A student is ‘at risk’ if there is evidence that:

(a)      they are making insufficient academic progress for their module study;


(b)      they lack a commitment to the research project, as demonstrated by repeated
         failure to produce agreed interim outcomes, to attend supervisory sessions
         and/or to attend a prescribed programme of related studies.

      1. As soon as the Director of Studies identifies a student ‘at risk’ for any of the
         reasons given above, she/he should immediately (i) notify the Research Institute
         in Healthcare Science Student Management Board (RIHS SMB) and (ii) write to
         the student detailing the reasons for concern and inviting the student to attend an
         emergency session to discuss the situation and to devise an action plan where
         appropriate. The emergency session should normally be scheduled within two
         working weeks and should be attended by a representative of the RIHS SMB
         who has not been associated previously with the project. The student may be
         accompanied by a friend or student representative.

      2. A summary of the emergency session, including any action plan or revisions to
         the research programme, should be agreed by the Director of Studies and the
         student, and kept by the Director of Studies as part of the record of supervision.
         The RIHS SMB should be notified of the outcome of the emergency session so
         that it might instigate any further monitoring procedures it deems necessary.

      3. If a student fails to respond to the letter, fails to attend emergency session, or is
         unable to address satisfactorily the concerns of the Director of Studies, the
         Director of Studies may, with the agreement of other members of the supervisory
         team, recommend to the RIHS SMB that the student be withdrawn.

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Academic Regulations

This course adheres to the University’s academic regulations for students undertaking a
Postgraduate degree, commencing after October 2002.

A full version of these regulations for Professional Doctorates can be found at

These regulations govern your course and will be binding on you. It is, therefore,
important that you read and become familiar with them.

Further Information

The Research Student Handbook available from the Graduate School website
(www.wlv.ac.uk) contains a lot of information useful to practitioner doctorate students as
well as those studying for a PhD. All the relevant forms are available from this website.

Applications to:      Course Administrator
                      Postgraduate Counselling Psychology
                      University of Wolverhampton
                      School of Applied Sciences
                      Millennium City Building
                      Wulfruna Street
                      WV1 1SB

Tel:                  01902 321 321376
Fax:                  01902 321380
E-mail:               P.J.Lees@wlv.ac.uk
Website:              www.wlv.ac.uk/science/psychology

Current fees for the course can be obtained by contacting the course administrator.

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          Research Areas within the Counselling Psychology Team

 Issues of power within the therapeutic        Qualitative outcome research
 The political context of therapy                Case Studies
 Critical counselling psychology                 Grounded Theory
 The social construction of Counselling          Conversational analysis
  Psychology                                      Discourse analysis
                                                  Hermeneutic research
 Microanalysis of therapeutic discourse          Narrative Analysis
 Therapist’s speech and client’s narrative
 Non-literal or figurative discourse in          Gender issues
  therapy                                         Disability issues
 Non-verbal communication and                    Multi-cultural counselling issues
  congruence                                      Primary care specific issues
 Storytelling in therapeutic narratives
                                                Counselling Psychologist identities
 Issues of spirituality                        Trainees experiences of
 Studying silence                               supervision
 Studying hopefulness                          Therapist burn-out
                                                When the therapist’s values clash
 Fitting therapy to clients needs               with the values of the clinical setting
 Core Conflictual Relationship Themes
  (CCRT)                                        Research a specific therapeutic
 Assimilation of Problematic Experiences        approach e.g. Process experiential
 Long term vs short term therapy                psychotherapy, psychodynamic
 Gender effects in psychotherapy                therapies, narrative therapies,
 Factors influencing the therapeutic            group therapies
  alliance                                      Research a specific client group
                                                 e.g. clients with symptoms of
                                                 depression, eating disorders panic
                                                 attacks, health

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                                   Psychology Staff

     Academic Staff

     Senior Lecturer
     Organisation theory
     Critical management studies
     Critical psychology.                                     (Room MC134)

     ANDY BRIDGES, PhD, C.Psychol, AFBPsS
     Associate Dean – School of Applied Sciences
     Cognitive psychology
     Human memory
     Statistics and research methods, ergonomics.

     ANKE BUTTNER, PhD                                        (Room MC118)
     Cognitive psychology especially language and memory
     Semantics and pragmatics
     Semantic illusions.

     JANE CARSTAIRS, PhD                                      (Room MC104)
     Senior Lecturer
     Individual differences
     Selection and assessment
     Career progression of women and minority groups
     Occupational stress.

     JOSEPHINE CHEN-WILSON, PhD                                (Room MC116)
     Senior Lecturer
     Language development, development of children’s narratives and literacy
     Cross linguistic studies.

     RICHARD DARBY, PhD                                       (Room MC136)
     Senior Lecturer
     Experimental psychology, learning and memory
     Comparative psychology
     Learning processes in the elderly
     Theory of mind.

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     NICOLA DERRER, BA (Hons) MSc,Psych Dip                     (Room MC118)
     Currently researching for PhD
     General work psychology
     Job satisfaction
     Employment involvement

     ROS DYER, BA (Hons) PhD                                        (Room MC107)
     Principal Lecturer
     Most areas of occupational psychology, but particularly attitudes to:
     work, issues around redundancy, organizational culture, organizational
     change, absenteeism.
     Other interests include human:animal interactions, value of companion
     animals; some aspects of sport psychology – particularly motivation.

     LORNA FORTUNE, BA (Hons) D.Psych, C.Psychol                (Room MC111)
     Senior Lecturer
     Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
     Counselling Psychology Supervision
     Primary Care Mental Health

     CHRISTOPHER FULLWOOD, BSc (Hons) PhD                       (Room MC133)
     Internet Psychology
     Media Psychology.

     NICOLA HART, BSc (Hons) MA, PsychD, C. Psychol             (Room MC109)
     Psychology Subject Group Leader
     Principal Lecturer, Postgraduate Programmes Manager
     Psychotherapy and morality
     Psychotherapy and language
     Deconstruction of therapeutic discourse
     Power and Psychotherapy

     Associate Dean – School of Applied Sciences
     Organisational Analysis
     Educational Technology.

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     YVETTE LEWIS, BA (Hons), PsychD, C.Psychol                  (Room MC116)
     Course Director, Postgraduate Counselling Psychology
     Counselling psychology
     Social constructionism and ‘The Self’

     KENNETH MANKTELOW, PhD                                      (Room MC106)
     Cognitive psychology especially thinking, decision making and reasoning
     Cognitive development of thinking and reasoning skills
     Culture and cognition
     Reasoning and sub-clinical thinking disorders.

     NEIL MORRIS, PhD                                            (Room MC133)
     Senior Lecturer.
     Psychological well-being
     Cognitive ergonomics
     Blood sugar and cognition
     Mood enhancement

     WENDY NICHOLLS, PhD                                         (Room MC136)
     Experimental social psychology
     Health psychology
     Online counselling
     Internet use, Attachment, Depression.

     MOIRA OWENS, PhD                                            (Room MC105)
     Principal Lecturer
     Organisational analysis
     Qualitative methods of enquiry:
            discourse analysis
            grounded theory
     Health psychology
     Social construction of disability

     MARTIN SHARP, PhD                                            (Room MC117)
     Senior Lecturer
     Behavioural endocrinology; particularly interested in androgen
     dynamics in human females as they relate to social defeat, dominance, and fear.

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     MARIA THOMPSON, BSc (Hons), MSc, Post MSc Dip. C.Psychol
                                                        (Room MC117)
     Currently researching for DPsych
     Lecturer/Placement Co-ordinator
     Older adults
     Positive psychology
     Service development
     Psychology of religion
     Counselling psychology.

     CAROLINE WESSON, PhD                                      (Room MC111)
     Social Psychology
     Communication of confidence
     Eyewitness confidence.

Psychology Demonstrators / Teaching Assistants:

Sarah Davis - BSc (Hons) Psychology, PG Certificate               (Room MC139)
Currently studying MSc in Occupational Psychology
David Ormerod - BSc (Hons) Psychology                             (Room MC139)
Currently studying for a PG Certificate In Learning and Teaching
In Higher Education and researching for a PhD
Debbie Stevens-Gill - BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Work Psychology
and Business (with level A and B intermediate psychometric testing)
Currently studying as an Occupational psychologist in Training
and pursuing Chartered status with the British Psychological Society.(Room MC139)

Psychology Technical Staff:

Ian Jukes - BSc (Hons) MSc Counselling Psychology            (Room MC129)
Alex O’Rourke - Senior Psychology Technician                 (Room MC129)
Philip Oates - BA (Hons) Media & Communication Studies and Popular Music.
                                                             (Room MC129)
Louise Walker BSc (Hons) Multimedia Systems                  (Room MC129)

Psychology Administrative staff:

Chris Webster (Divisional Secretary)                           (Room MC103)
Pat Lees (Postgraduate Secretary)                              (Room MC103)
Carol Ombisi (Marketing Secretary)                             (Room MC103)


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