Programme Objective
The Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology programme (PsyD-CoP) at Hong Kong Shue Yan University is the first doctoral degree in Counselling Psychology in Asia. The PsyD-CoP programme intends to produce future leading counselling psychologists who possess the necessary core competencies of Counselling Psychology, as benchmarked with professional standards of related local and overseas professional bodies. Specifically, the programme facilitates students’ accumulation of knowledge, skills, and clinical experience for professional recognition from the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) and its Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP).
Latest News

1. The information seminar for the PsyD-CoP programme will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. on 5 February 2021 (Friday). The detail information will be updated soon.

2.Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology e-brochure

 3.The new Entrance Requirements for the PsyD-CoP programme have been announced.

 4. The deadline of application of 2021 September intake is middle of July 2021. Please refer to "Programme Brochure and Application Procedures" section.

5. Programme Synopsis @ Recruit 13 Dec 2019 

6. Legislative Council Brief @ EDB (February 2015) 

7.仁大開辦首個博士課程(樹仁簡訊2014年11月號)
(HKSYU offers first doctoral programme in Counselling Psychology @ HKSYU Newsletter)

Feature of the Programme
The PsyD-CoP programme adopts a scientist-practitioner training model in three dimensions: knowledge, research, and practice. Students are provided with ample professional opportunities to integrate theory and practice of counselling psychology. The small teacher-student ratio and supervision-based approach promote a collaborative learning atmosphere for students to engage in intellectual and scholarly dialogues with instructors. Students work closely with course instructors, thesis supervisors, and clinical supervisors to meet their learning needs and to enhance their professional training experience in the programme.
Aims and Goals of the Programme

The PsyD-CoP programme aims at producing competent counselling psychologists who can assume leadership positions within the professional psychology community locally and internationally. The competent doctoral-level counselling psychologist in this context is one who can:

1. perform advanced level of multicultural and ethical competence in psychotherapy, assessment, and research;

2. minister to the short- and long-term mental health needs of the Hong Kong population;

3. contribute to the development of counselling psychology in Hong Kong through continuous engagement in clinically-based research;

4. support the fostering of future counselling psychologists through provision of clinical supervision and professional training; and

5. assume major leadership roles in the profession of counselling psychology in Hong Kong and nearby regions.

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Programme Information
Title of Award: Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology
Mode of Attendance: Part-time
Intake Quota per Annum: 6
Duration of Programme: Three years
Programme Director: Dr. PANG Lan-sze
The total number of credits required for graduation: 60 (*75 maximum; See Entrance Requirements)
Tuition Fees: HK$3,500 for one credit

 

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Programme Structure

The PsyD-CoP programme adopts a scientist-practitioner training model in three dimensions: knowledge, research, and practice.

The total number of credits required for graduation is 60 (*75 maximum; See Entrance Requirements), and the credit distribution is as follows:

  • Knowledge Dimension – 9 (*15)
  • Practice Dimension – 27 (*36)
  • Research Dimension – 24

The Knowledge Dimension

The Knowledge Dimension comprises 3 (*5) courses or 9 (*15) credits.

Code Course Credits
CP602 Conceptual Issues in Counselling Psychology 3
CP604 Advanced Skills in Assessment and Evaluation in Counselling Psychology 3
CP616 Clinical Supervision 3
*CP519 Assessment & Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I                                                                                                            3
*CP522 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology 3

The Practice Dimension

The Practice Dimension consists of 27 (*36) credits, which is made up of three (*four) 3-credit coursework and an 18-credit (*24-credict) placement composed of 3 (*4) 6-credit courses.

Code Course Credits
CP601 Clinical Practice Seminar: Multicultural Psychotherapy 3
CP618 Clinical Practice Seminar :  Specific Populations and Settings 3
CP617 Advanced Study in Psychotherapy Practice 3

*CP500-504 Clinical Practicum or Seminar

CP505/507/509/511

3
Clinical Practice
CP612 Clinical Practice I 6
CP613 Clinical Practice II 6
CP614 Clinical Practice III 6
*CP615 Clinical Practice IV 6

The Research Dimension

The Research Dimension is made up of two 3-credit courses on methodology and an 18-credit thesis composed of three 6-credit courses.

Code Course Title Credits
CP605 Advanced Skills in Research Methods in Counselling Psychology 3
CP606 Research Mentorship in Counselling Psychology 3
CP607 Clinically-based Research Thesis I 6
CP608 Clinically-based Research Thesis II 6
CP609 Clinically-based Research Thesis III 6
 

*Applicants without a Master's degree recognized by the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) of the HKPS will be required to complete the following courses to fulfill the membership requirement of DCoP:

a) CP615 Clinical Practice IV

b) Three courses (a total of 9 credits) at Master’s level offered by the University related to assessment, psychotherapy and counselling psychology practice (i.e., CP519 Assessment & Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I, CP522 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology, and one Clinical Practicum/Seminar course). Students are required to pay the additional credit fees. The courses required will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The maximum number of credits required is 75.

 

 

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Suggested Progression in the Programme

Students are advised to work closely with their mentor to plot an optimal path of progression. The following is thus suggested only as a prototype. (*See Entrance Requirements)

Code Course Credits Dimension
Year 1 Semester 1 (Fall)
CP602 Conceptual Issues in Counselling Psychology 3  Knowledge
CP617 Advanced Study in Psychotherapy Practice 3 Practice
*CP519  Assessment and Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I  
Semester 2 (Winter)                                                                                                             
CP604  Advanced Skills in Assessment and Evaluation in Counselling Psychology  3  Knowledge
CP605 Advanced Skills in Research Methods in Counselling Psychology 3  Research

Year 2 Semester 3 (Fall)

Code Course         
CP606  Research Mentorship in Counselling Psychology 3 Research
CP616  Clinical Supervision  3 Knowledge
*CP522  Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology  
Semester 4 (Winter)    
CP601 Clinical Practice Seminar: Multicultural Psychotherapy  Practice
CP607 Clinically-based Research Thesis I 6 Research
CP612 Clinical Practice I  6 Practice
Semester 5 (Summer)
CP618 Clinical Practice Seminar: Specific Populations and Settings  3 Practice
CP613  Clinical Practice II 6 Practice
Year 3 Semester 6 (Fall)                
Code Course    
CP608  CP608 Clinically-based Research Thesis II  6  Research
CP614  CP614 Clinical Practice III 6 Practice
*CP500/501/502/503/504 Clinical Practicum or CP505/507/509/511 Clinical Seminar 3  
Semester 7 (Winter)                 
CP609  Clinically-based Research Thesis III 6   Research
*CP615  Clinical Practice IV  6   Practice
Total Programme Credits  60  
*Applicants without a Master's degree recognized by the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) of the HKPS will be required to complete the following courses to fulfill the membership requirement of DCoP: a) CP615 Clinical Practice IV b) Three courses (a total of 9 credits) at Master’s level offered by the University related to assessment, psychotherapy and counselling psychology practice (i.e., CP519 Assessment & Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I, CP522 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology, and one Clinical Practicum/Seminar course). Students are required to pay the additional credit fees. The courses required will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The maximum number of credits required is 75.

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Entrance Requirements

Applicants must:

1.    Possess a Bachelor’s degree or a postgraduate conversion degree in Psychology from a recognized local or overseas university;

2.    Possess a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology#, Clinical Psychology# or Counselling* from a recognized local or overseas university;

3.    Have earned a GPA of 3.3 or above, or its equivalent, from the aforementioned programmes of study; and

4.    Be currently registered or be eligible to register with the Hong Kong Psychological Society (HKPS) as a Counselling or Clinical Psychologist;

# Applicants with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Clinical Psychology will be required to complete 60 credits before graduation.

 

* Applicants without a Master's degree recognized by the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) of the HKPS must have completed at least one year of supervised post qualification experience in counselling practice after obtaining the Master’s degree in Counselling. They will be required to complete the following courses to fulfil the membership requirement of DCoP: a) CP615 Clinical Practice IV b) Three courses (a total of 9 credits) at Master’s level offered by the University related to assessment, psychotherapy and counselling psychology practice (i.e., CP519 Assessment & Evaluation for Counselling Psychology I, CP522 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology, and one Clinical Practicum/Seminar course). Students are required to pay the additional credit fees. The courses required will be decided on a case-by-case basis. The maximum number of credits required is 75.

 

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Studentships

PsyD-CoP Doctoral Studentships

A limited number of studentships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. The amount of each studentship is HKD90,000 per academic year, paid at the rate of HKD15,000 per month for two 3-months semesters. Those awarded studentships are expected to assist in research projects and teaching activities at the Bachelor or Master level assigned by the Programme Director.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be the Year 1 or Year 2 PsyD-CoP programme students with research experiences in the field of Social Sciences.

Application Periods

Year 1: Applicants must indicate clearly their intention to apply for studentships on their application forms.
Year 2: Studentships are open for applications in early July of the year.

 

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Programme Brochure and Application Procedures

Information Seminar

The Information Seminar will be conducted in 5th February 2021. The detail information of the seminar will be updated soon.

Application Form 

A completed application package shall consist of the following documents:
- Application form (pdf version / doc version
(which include "Passport size photo", Statement of Intent", "2 Referees from 1 Academic and 1 Professional" and "Promotion Survey"
- An application fee of HK$200 by crossed-cheque to "HONG KONG SHUE YAN UNIVERSITY" (fees paid are not refundable) 
- Photocopies of degree certificates  
- Official transcripts from post-secondary institutions/universities attended. 
(Transcript Request Form (pdf version / doc version) - Please also send this form to your appropriate officer of institution from which the transcript is requested. HKSYU graduates are not required to request for transcripts from the Registry. Copies of past academic results will suffice.)
- A photocopy of each professional qualification obtained as stated on the application form
- 2 signed and sealed Referee Reports (pdf version / doc version)

The application shall be submitted by post or in person to:
Admissions Coordinator
Doctor of Psychology in Counselling Psychology
Hong Kong Shue Yan University
10 Wai Tsui Crescent, Braemar Hill Road, North Point, Hong Kong

Tel: 2104 8270
Email: psyd-cp@hksyu.edu

Deadline of Application (For September 2021 cohort)

Middle of July 2021 (Late applications will be accepted subject to availability of space.)

 

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Graduate Profile and Employment Pathways

 

 

Dr. CHEUNG, Yim, the first student graduated from the PsyD-CoP programme
首屆輔導心理學博士畢業生張豔博士 

Current Employment

  • Lecturer, Department of Counselling and Psychology, HKSYU

  • Externship Liaison Officer, Master of Social Sciences in Counselling Psychology, HKSYU

 

 

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Programme E-brochure