The Programme

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 on-campus* and live stream at 7:30 p.m. on 8 May 2020 (Friday). Please click HERE for reservation.
    Registration deadline: May 5th (Tuesday), 2020 (Seats are limited.)
    HKSYU Social Distancing and Anti-epidemic Measures for Information Seminar

     

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

     

    3. The deadline of application of 2020 September intake is 17 July 2020. Please refer to "Programme Brochure and Application Procedures" section.

     
      4. Programme Synopsis @ Recruit 13 Dec 2019  
      5. Legislative Council Brief @ EDB (February 2015)  
      6.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.

  • 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
  • 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:


    • 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.

  • 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)

    Course

    Credits

    Dimension

    Year 1
    Semester 1 (Fall)
    CP602 Conceptual Issues in Counselling Psychology
    CP611 Advanced Study in Psychotherapy Practice
    *CP519 Assessment and Evaluation for Counselling Psychology
    Semester 2 (Winter)
    CP604 Advanced Skills in Assessment and Evaluation in Counselling Psychology
    CP605 Advanced Skills in Research Methods in Counselling Psychology

    Year 2
    Semester 3 (Fall)
    CP606 Research Mentorship in Counselling Psychology
    CP616 Clinical Supervision
    *CP520 Professional Practice and Ethical Issues in Counselling Psychology
    Semester 4 (Winter)
    CP601 Clinical Practice Seminar: Multicultural Psychotherapy
    CP607 Clinically-based Research Thesis I
    CP612 Clinical Practice I
    Semester 5 (Summer)
    CP610 Clinical Practice Seminar: Specific Populations and Settings
    CP613 Clinical Practice II

    Year 3
    Semester 6 (Fall)
    CP608 Clinically-based Research Thesis II
    CP614 Clinical Practice III
    *CP500/501/502/503/504 Clinical Practicum or CP505/507/509/511 Clinical Seminar
    Semester 7 (Winter)
    CP609 Clinically-based Research Thesis III
    *CP615 Clinical Practice IV



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    3
    3

    3
    3

     

    3
    3
    3

    3
    6
    6

    3
    6

     

    6
    6
    3

    6
    6

     

    Knowledge
    Practice


    Knowledge
    Research

     

    Research
    Knowledge


    Practice
    Research
    Practice

    Practice
    Practice

     

    Research
    Practice


    Research
    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.
    *75
     
  • 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. EITHER

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

    OR

    Have completed at least one year of supervised post qualification experience in counselling practice after obtaining the Master’s degree in Counselling.

    # Applicants with a Master 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 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.

  • 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.

  • Programme Brochure and Application Procedures

     

    Information Seminar

    The Information Seminar will be conducted on-campus* and live stream in May 2020. Please click HERE for reservation. Registrants will receive a confirmation email for their access to on-campus or live-stream attendance. Details of the seminar are as follows:
    Date: 8 May 2020 (Friday)
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Venue: Lecture Hall 303, Low Block, Research Complex, HKSYU
    Registration deadline: May 5th (Tuesday), 2020 (Seats are limited)

    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 2020 cohort)

    17 July 2020 (Late applications will be accepted subject to availability of space.)

  • 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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