The Doctorate in Clinical Practice (DClinPrac) is a high quality psychological therapies programme established to provide clinical/research training for applied healthcare practitioners.
The programme is aimed at advanced and consultant practitioners from appropriately qualified therapists, who are expected to undertake applied clinical/research as a part of their role. It provides valuable accredited therapy training for developing advanced practitioners who are ready to move into a higher level role.
Studied in two stages, the DClinPrac includes doctorate-level clinical skills training in your chosen therapeutic modality and applied clinical research practice informed by the Complex Interventions Framework. You will also complete a service-related research project linked to your own area of practice, allowing you to support evaluation and development of your clinical service and/or practice. The final stage of the programme comprises a major research project of original doctorate-level research, again related to your area of practice and aligned with strategic aims within your local service and organisation.
The programme is supported by the South West Strategic Health Authority and reflects the strengths of the collaborating providers in applied healthcare research and psychological therapies practice. You will predominantly learn by distance learning over 42 months, but attend fortnightly sessions in Exeter during term-time for lectures from leading international authorities on clinical practice, group-based learning sets and individual tutorials. You will also need to secure time within your clinical role for additional self-directed study.