doctorate in clinical practice (DClinPrac)

Run by the University of Exeter

Supported by the British Psychotherapy Foundation

  • starts September 2021
  • Accessible from the UK and Internationally

This programme is designed to provide training as a researcher for suitably qualified and experienced therapists who are seeking to develop their psychodynamic/psychoanalytic or systemic work from a research perspective. They may be in either private practice or working in an organisational setting. The aim of the programme is to is enable programme members, first to become research ‘literate’ and able to understand, use and critically evaluate different kinds of research and then to go on to undertake an original research project of their own. Programme members often use psychoanalytic concepts and processes, for example with established and emerging social science and other kinds of research methods to produce their own innovatory research.

who is it for

This programme is designed to provide training as a researcher for suitably qualified and experienced therapists who are seeking to develop their psychodynamic/psychoanalytic or systemic work from a research perspective. They may be in either private practice or working in an organisational setting.

In the first place you may like to discuss your individual situation and your own ideas, although applicants do not need to have developed ideas in order to start the course. The first part of the programme helps members to do this. If you would like to discuss this you are welcome to contact us for an informal conversation.

course content

The first two years consist of teaching and various assignments on clinical reflective practice and the understanding and utilisation of a variety of research methods that are central to the programme. The assignments include a small scale research project, a critical evaluation of a particular, psychoanalytically informed, therapeutic approach and a clinical and theoretical paper.

The final two years are dedicated to the major research project.

Students’ major project can be in one of the clinical areas of:

• Treatment outcome;

• Treatment process;

• Treatment context;

• Conceptual research relevant to your area of clinical practice;

• Basic science underpinning elements relevant to an area of clinical practice.

structure

Programme members need to be able to attend the university campus at Exeter twice a year for the first two years of the programme students but two Learning Sets per term These Learning Sets can be joined remotely if necessary. Tutorials and research supervision can also be participated in remotely or face to face.

In the subsequent two or more years students whilst students are working on their major research project and the twice termly Learning Sets continue as does supervision and other ad hoc events organised by students and staff.

As well as the assignments at the beginning programme members are awarded their doctorate on the basis of e final thesis is a 50,000 word thesis or alternatively, 3 published papers with a linking paper.

entry requirements

Masters level qualification or equivalent.

how to apply

We are now considering applications for September 2021

For details of application forms and processes please contact: dclinprac@exeter.ac.uk For an informal discussion please email: R.F.Mizen@exeter.ac.uk

 

resources

Currently there are no resources available for this course.

access information

The University building and the current learning set locations are wheelchair accessible.

contact us

For details of application forms and processes please contact: dclinprac@exeter.ac.uk

For an informal discussion please email: R.F.Mizen@exeter.ac.uk or E.Weightman@exeter.ac.uk

The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.