Help me pick a doctorate course

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Help me pick a doctorate course

Post by PeterJames1357 » Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:34 pm

I’ve lurked the forum for a while now and I thought it was time I made a post!

I’ve been struggling to decide on which courses to pick. I’ve used the alternative handbooks and looked through the threads but still can’t decide.

I would say I’m looking for a course that isn’t CBT heavy and that is quite person centred. A course that values personal qualities above all else.

I’ve considered Trent and Lancaster.

Any advice appreciated!

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Re: Help me pick a doctorate course

Post by Lancelot » Mon Jun 10, 2019 4:05 pm

Surrey & Salomons (CCCU) look at you as a person and teach many models.

Leeds & UEL? But I don't know them as well.

To be honest, I didn't want a CBT heavy doctorate course - but when I graduated I wish I did! As CBT is such a sort after therapy.

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Re: Help me pick a doctorate course

Post by Randomswirls » Mon Jun 10, 2019 9:31 pm

Salomons, uel, Herts and Lancaster seem to be at one end of the spectrum.

Then courses like Liverpool, Bangor, Leeds, Plymouth, Leicester probably fit in next

Then lots of courses I don’t have a clue about

Then you go to the more researchy ones like iop, Royal Holloway, Manchester etc.

All courses have to do cbt plus one so I’d look for the plus ones and see what appeals!

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Re: Help me pick a doctorate course

Post by katiesykerd » Sat Jun 15, 2019 1:53 am

Current Trent trainee here (1st year, which is skewed towards cbt). I'd definitely say it's more of an all rounder course, a good dolop of CBT but we have assignments and teaching on other methods and all our placements are quite integrative. But it also values research, and academics... It is an all rounder and I wouldn't really describe it as 'personal qualities above all else'.

I've heard Sheffield is very nurturing, if that's what youre after (although I think that's a cbt heavy course).

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Re: Help me pick a doctorate course

Post by workingmama » Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:45 am

I loved Newcastle and I got a lot from it, but if you're looking to go very person centred I wouldn't think it was quite what you're after. It was really fab for teaching about research and I feel I got a really good grounding (comparative to friends on other courses at the same time, or so they said), and the placements are wide and varied. Lots of CBT (!) but other models too, but as I say, not especially person centred.
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Re: Help me pick a doctorate course

Post by reishi » Sun Jun 16, 2019 1:37 pm

I would say Essex.
I would say its ethos is similar to Salomons and uel.
First-year CBT and psychodynamic teaching (at Tavi). Second-year systemic teaching and a little bit CBT and psychoanalytic (very little).
Placement wise, it can be varied though. My first placement was purely CBT, but in my second year, I had a chance to apply systemic principles and had a case purely systemic. It really depends on the service and the supervisor's training and ethos. But, you can ask for specific settings for your core placements (no guarantee though). But in your third-year specialist placement, it is more likely you would get the setting you wish for.
All our teachings were very person-centered, but in placements, it might depend on your supervisor.
And, some trainees come in with their own preferences. We have cohort members heavily using CBT or systemic due to their pre-doctorate training and they are getting along fine.
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