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Division of Counselling Psychology

The Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) promotes the interests of Counselling Psychologists across the UK.

About

Our mission is to advance the profession of Counselling Psychology in promoting the well-being of our diverse society, and we support our members by providing training, advice, events and news designed to keep them informed and involved.

Our values

  • Be reflective scientist-practitioners
  • Work creatively, compassionately and collaboratively
  • Work ethically and effectively

Our vision

The Division of Counselling Psychology is committed to:

  • Equality of access to resources, research, education and training
  • Fairness, equality and social justice
  • Leading and influencing the design and delivery of innovative policies and services
  • Meeting the psychological needs of people

 

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DCoP

Division of Counselling Psychology Networks

Further information about the DCoP

Division of Counselling Psychology Executive Committee Handbook

These guidelines form part of the induction programme for new committee members. They can also act as an on-going reference document to support you in your work for the committee.

Download the Division of Counselling Psychology Executive Committee Handbook

Strategic Plan 2021 - 2023

At the end of November 2021, the Division finalised its strategic plan for the next couple of years following much consideration and dialogue. The link below summarises the plan and how we intend to implement it.   

The Division in its proposed activities is committed to and accountable for the enactment of these objectives. However, the more help we have from our members the more successfully the proposals will be actioned. 

We would be happy to discuss this in more detail and welcome your thoughts, feedback, and suggestions. Please contact the executive committee as required.  

Download a copy of the strategic plan

Sign up to the newsletter

The Division of Counsellling Psychology e-letter is released monthly and aims to update our members on our activities. You can find the e-letter by going to the News tab.

If you are not receiving the e-letter and Society emails, or are not sure if you are receiving it, please follow the instructions below to check or change your settings. Additionally, you can follow DCoP on twittter at: @dcopuk

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Division of Counselling Psychology - COP26: Statement of Support

COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, is being held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November.

As counselling psychologists, we know that the environment has a critical impact on people’s physical and psychological wellbeing and join other allied professions in supporting the delegates attending this most important of meetings.

Read the full DCoP Statement of Support

Resources

Electronic Theses Online Service (EThOS)

EThOS is a database that has access to over 250,000 theses carried out at UK universities - this includes Counselling Psychology theses.

Guidelines and publications

Working Relationally Series

Useful Links

Climate Change Working Party 

The Division is forming a Working Party to feed into the Executive Committee of the Division, headed by Professor Martin Milton to further the important work in this area. Further developments will be announced in due course.

We have a growing climate change resource library developing as part of our services to our DCoP members. 

This includes:

  • Reports about Climate Change
  • Systematic reviews
  • Climate Change and (Mental) Health
  • Climate Change and Young People
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Climate Change and Pro-Environmental Behaviour
  • Climate Change Perception
  • Popular Books
  • Websites
  • Podcasts

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Awards and funding

Annual prizes

DCoP Divisional Prize 2022

The Divisional prizes acknowledge and celebrate the wealth of work being conducted by counselling psychologists in all settings throughout Britain.

Entries for this award are now closed

The awards are aimed at all levels of experience and practice and submissions are welcome from applicants at all stages of their career including trainees, early and later stages.  Single one-off projects as well as broader initiatives are likely to make for a good quality submission.  

Do you know or work with a Counselling Psychologist who deserves recognition? If so, please nominate them for one of the awards below. 

Self-nominations are also invited.

Prize categories are:

  • Annual award for carer and service user involvement - recognises genuine commitment to putting the needs of the service user or carer at the heart of the work.
  • Annual award for diversity - shining examples of individuals who have been creative in recognising and valuing diversity which has benefited all.
  • Annual award for innovation - outstanding contribution to innovative practice or research, this could include the full range of practice from individual practice or one off projects to service development or theoretical model development.
  • Annual supervisor/mentor/ trainer award - outstanding contribution to supervision and development of others.

Prizes:

  • A summary of the winners work and all of the nominations will be placed on the website and will be disseminated more widely, including to training courses and independent route candidates to increase visibility and to inspire others.
  • Free one day registration to Day 1 2022 DCoP conference for the winners in the four categories.
  • Award presentation ceremony on Day 1 of the conference (15th July 2022).

How to apply:

Nominations are now closed.

The nominated psychologists must be members of the Division of Counselling Psychology. 

Judging and awards:

Judging will be completed by a panel of judges.

DCoP Trainee Prize 2022

The DCoP trainee prize will be awarded at the Division of Counselling Psychology Annual conference.

Entries for this award are now closed

The winner will be awarded a prize of £100, while the two runners-up will receive £50 each.

In addition the winner and runners up will receive a one day registration at the DCoP Annual Conference and up to £200 per person will be reimbursed to cover the cost of travel (in accordance with BPS travel expense guidelines).

If any of the winners cannot attend, their prizes will be sent in the post.

Aims and Purpose of the Trainee Annual Prize

The aim is to promote and encourage excellence in the training and practice of counselling psychology in all its professional arenas. The purpose is to stimulate Trainee Counselling Psychologists to attain excellence in their written work during the course of their training.

Submission Details

Submissions must:

  • Be a piece of course work which has been assessed as part of the trainee’s counselling psychology training. Trainees are allowed to edit work for submission to the Prize; this can include editing work to the required word length. Submission can be of any piece of course work except for research papers [which trainees are encouraged to submit to the research prize] including for example client studies, theoretical essays, and literature reviews.
  • Demonstrate excellence and originality in an area relevant to Counselling Psychology and other applied psychologies.
  • Have a word limit of 5,000 words (not including quotes, references and bibliography). 
  • Includes critical evaluation and is written according to APA style at an academic standard equivalent to Level 7.
  • Only one submission per student

You will be required to submit the following:

  1. A letter from the Course Tutor or Coordinating Supervisor confirming that the work was undertaken as part of the trainees training on an HCPC approved and BPS accredited professional doctorate in counselling psychology or BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology. For submissions which include extensive client material (such as client studies or process reports) the letter must include confirmation from the course tutor or coordinator of training confirming that they are satisfied that client consent has been obtained and that the degree of anonymisation in the work are appropriate to the case and circumstances, taking account of potential publication of any winning entry.
  2. The piece of course work.

The winner and runners-up will be informed of their success by email in May 2022. Brief feedback will be provided for every submission and winner and runners-up will be encouraged to attend the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference to receive their prize.

Nominations are now closed.

Previous award winners

We are proud to celebrate the outstanding work of Counselling psychologists and with your help we hope to continue to develop and recognise the high quality and innovative work of our members in more categories for many years to come.

In 2018 we relaunched the DCoP Practice prize awards. The prizes were aimed at celebrating and disseminating the outstanding work of Counselling Psychologists in practice.

2019 Annual award for Carer and service user involvement: Heena Chudasama

2019 Annual supervisor award: Dr Miltos Hadjiosif

2019 Annual award for Innovation: Mabel Martinelli

2019 Annual award for Diversity: Professor Rachel Tribe and Dr Farah Farsimsdan

2018 Annual Award for Carer and Service User Involvement: Dr Robin Dundas

Robin has won the award for his tireless commitment to service user care and involvement. A group of his colleagues nominated him and all described his outstanding and inspiring work. I think their words capture his work and passion. So here in his colleagues words is a summary of Robins outstanding contribution.  

Dr Robin Dundas has undoubtedly a genuine a commitment to service user care and involvement which he has tirelessly exercised within a busy NHS gender service, through often challenging and difficult times. His role has spanned individual and group psychotherapy, complex assessments and endorsements for medical interventions, delivering training and supervision, developing new projects and leading on parts of the psychology service, as well as covering service lead responsibilities. He has always not just represented his patients above and beyond what is required, but sought out where inequities may exist in the service and service users’ needs not best being met. As his Line Manager and Head of Department for near a decade of his career, I have no hesitation in nominating him for this award and as can be seen from the testimonials below, neither do his other colleagues. Dr Penny Lenihan, Consultant Psychologist. 

Robin is a passionate Counselling Psychologist who holds the values of social justice and person centred care at the heart of all he does. He frequently goes above and beyond for patients, and tirelessly fights for patients’ best interests both within our service, and with other agencies our patients are involved with. Dr Jess Gran, Highly Specialist Psychologist.

It seems that this reward is such a small symbol of gratitude when compared to the tremendous contribution you have made not only to the patients you’ve served, but to those other professionals such as myself. Thank you Robin for this gift to us all!! Dr Craig B Rypma, Ph.D., M.B.A. Highly Specialist Psychologist.

2018 Annual Award for Innovation: Simon Proudlock

Simon was nominated for his work with EMDR Therapy for treatment of individuals who are on an acute psychiatric ward or who are under the care of the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). Using EMDR Therapy in this setting, and taking a trauma focused approach to those presenting in acute services, had not been previously tried anywhere else within the UK or internationally. 

Patients were offered immediate access to specialised treatment in a safe and supportive environment with the aim of alleviating their trauma symptoms and facilitating early discharge from services. The project ensured continuity of care, from the ward to the community, which has shown to be a time where patients are at higher risk of suicide. Overall the initial aims of the project were met and in some cases exceeded. The project successfully treated 70 patients, demonstrating a strong case for the use of EMDR therapy with clients in an acute mental health crisis. The project revealed that therapy with this client group does not increase clinical risk but in fact reduces the desire for suicide, anxiety, depression and PTSD symptoms to a clinically significantly level. In addition, the project demonstrated an increase in clients’ confidence in managing their mental health, resulting in a reduction in reliance on services, with the majority of patients treated being discharged from Mental Health services.

The project provided a considerable cost saving to the NHS by reducing the need for inpatient beds, CRHTT support and further psychological therapy. Of those treated in the project, there was on average a 70% reduction in their use of acute mental health services compared to the 12 months prior to treatment. 

This unique approach has been an very important service development. Taking a trauma focused approach seems to be an important intervention to help individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. EMDR Therapy used in this environment has provided a new care pathway for acute mental health services and has helped prevent a revolving door service for some patients. Simon was able to show significant savings for the NHS as well as the huge savings in emotional costs to the client once successfully treated. The project showed that treating individuals who have a trauma picture and high levels of suicidal ideation with EMDR Therapy reduces the desire for suicide and clinical risk.

DCoP Funding Request

If you have a project or event that you would like to take forward and would like some financial support, the Division might be able to support this.

The form has all the information to guide you, such as establishing the nature of activity or event you are planning, costing, and the subsequent internal procedures involved. All activities are to be in line with DCoP Strategic Objectives. 

Publications

Counselling Psychology Review

A publication including articles concerning research and practice in counselling psychology. 

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Committee

Committee members

Chair

Masrita Ishaq  ([email protected])

Past Chair

Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano

Honorary Treasurer

Vacant

Honorary Secretary (including responsibility for Culture and Difference within and across Ethnic Communities)

Michelle Nyangereka & Divine Charura

Committee Members

Dr Khushbu Haria

  • Dr Rebecca Morland
  • Vincent Waters
  • Andre Etchebarne
  • Chloe Donohue
  • Ramesh Pattni
Communications Lead

Dr Neha Cattra ([email protected]

Counselling Psychology Review Editor (CPR)

Dr Gina Di Malta ([email protected])

The Counselling Psychology Review is an academic journal that is registered with EBSCO and is shortly to have an impact factor via SCOPUS. The CPR publishes empirical research and reviews which are of interest to Counselling Psychologists, but do not have to be about counselling psychology, or indeed by counselling psychologists. View previous issues of CPR here.

Culture and Difference within and across Ethnic Communities (CDEC) Lead

Michelle Nyangereka & Divine Charura

DCoP Northern Ireland Chair

Joanne Heavern and Sean Harmon ([email protected])

DCoP Scotland Chair

Dr Lauraine Macdonald ([email protected])

DCoP Wales Chair

Lynne Jones ([email protected])

DCoP Representative on UNITE Occupational Professional Committee

Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano

PsyPAG Representative

Vacant

Trainee Representative Lead

Mr Ben Amponsah ([email protected])

Additional representatives

DCoP Black and Asian Counselling Psychologists Group (BACPG): Yetunde Ade-Serrano ([email protected])

DCoP Cancer and Palliative Care: Vacant ([email protected])

DCoP Disability Network: Nestor Becia ([email protected])

DCoP North East: Lis Hammond ([email protected])

DCoP North West: Didier Danillon: ([email protected])

DCoP Social Justice network: Rachel Tribe and Yannis Fromimos ([email protected])

DCoP South West: Christine Ramsey-Wade ([email protected])

DCoP Spirituality Special Interest Group: Melody Cranbourne ([email protected])

DCoP Working in the NHS network: Tom Elliot ([email protected])

DCoP YoungWork Networking Group: ([email protected])

  • Jon-Paul Marshall
  • Rosie Waterfield

E-letter Editor: DCoP Communications Team ([email protected])

Website Editor: DCoP Communications Team ([email protected])

DCoP networks

The DCoP also plays host to several networks and special groups dedicated to specific interests and areas of counselling psychology.

DCoP Conference 2022 Leads

If you have any queries about the Division of Counselling Psychology Conference 2022, contact the Leads.

We look forward to hearing from you. 

  • Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano
  • Dr Philip Cox
  • Dr Dede-Kossi Osakonor 

Join

Apply to join the DCoP (students, affiliates, e-subscribers) 

Apply to join the DCoP (graduate, chartered, and in-training members) 

Membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology is only open to members of the British Psychological Society.

If you are not already a member you can join the Division of Counselling Psychology at the same time as applying for membership of the Society.

There are three grades of divisional membership:

  • Full Divisional membership

    For fully qualified psychologists who are eligible for Chartered Status.

  • In-training Divisional membership

    For psychologists in-training who hold Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership and are working towards Chartered status and Full Divisional membership.

  • General Divisional membership

    For members of the Society who are not currently eligible for the above grades, to join as a General Member.

Fees

  • Full Member: £45
  • Full Member reduced rate for the first two years after successfully completing a Society approved three year postgraduate training in counselling psychology: £35
  • In Training: £12
  • General Member (without GBC): £12
  • General Member (with GBC) £35

Benefits of belonging

Benefits of DCoP Membership

Whether you're a trainee, recently qualified or an experienced Counselling Psychologist, there are many benefits to joining the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Member Announcement List

The Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) uses its membership announcement email list to inform its members of activities and initiatives that are relevant to their interests and to make requests for engagement on topical issues. 

By becoming a member of the DCoP you are automatically added to the announcement list.

To receive these emails you will need to:

  1. become a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology
  2. opt into receiving email communications and provide a working email address

These preferences can be updated by logging into your member portal.

If you have any queries, please contact Member Network Services.

To assist us in responding to your query please make sure to include your membership number and quote 'DCoP announcement email' in the subject line.

Member Discussion Email List

The Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) has the following discussion lists 

  • Division of Counselling Psychologyy Cancer and Palliative
  • Division of Counselling Psychology Learning Disabilities
  • Division of Counselling Psychology Leadership Network
  • Division of Counselling Psychology NHS
  • Division of Counselling Psychology Northern Ireland
  • Division of Counselling Psychology Scotland
  • Division of Counselling Psychology Wales
  • Division of Counselling Psychology Young Work

To join the discussion list you will need to: 

  1. be member of the Division of Counselling Psychology, however for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales you must also be a member of the respective Branch
  2. opted into receiving email communication from the Society (you can change your preference by logging onto your account via the member portal  

Getting Involved With the DCoP Committee

The Division of Counselling Psychology relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Division is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or in-training members, and together form an open and inclusive community.