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Qualification in Counselling Psychology

The Qualification in Counselling Psychology (QCoP) is the independent route to training as a counselling psychologist for those who choose not to, or are unable to, undertake a professional doctorate at university.

This is an integrated, doctoral level qualification which leads to eligibility for Chartered membership of the society and full membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

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The QCoP consists of Documentary Evidence Units (DEUs) designed to ensure that you undertake appropriate developmental experiences including teaching, supervised client work and personal therapy, and Assessment Units (AUs) designed to ensure that you are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills which you have developed.  

You can submit work in December each year and, for most of the units of assessment, you can choose the order in which you submit them as best suits your circumstances.

Your Co-ordinating Supervisor is available to provide feedback on your work, prior to submission, although this does not constitute a formal assessment of your work.

The final assessment on the qualification includes an oral examination, which will explore your overall competence and your professional identity as a counselling psychologist. 

Further details can be found in the Candidate Handbook.

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