Here you can find information about the organization of Danish education in psychology.
You can find information on obtaining approval of a non-Danish basic or continuing education, on the European diploma in psychology and the European specialist diploma in psychotherapy, as well as information about the Danish Psychological Association’s overall efforts regarding education of psychologists.
Approval of basic Education
Approval of non-Danish Continuing Education and Authorization
Approval of non-Danish Continuing Education and Specialist Degree
The European Psychology Diploma
The European Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy
For more information, see the homepages of the universities or contact the student counseling offices directly.
For more information, see the homepage of the Danish Supervisory Board of Psychological Practice.
See here for more information on the 10 specialist degrees
For more information, see the homepage of the Danish Supervisory Board for Psychological Practice.
Since January1, 1999, the Danish Psychological Association has participated in the EC financed Leonardo project. The objective of the project is to develop shared European minimum standards for the psychologist’s degree, so that mutual recognition of psychologists is simplified and mobility of psychologists in Europe is promoted.
The first stage of the project was completed in 2001 and included reaching an agreement on shared minimum standards consisting of 3 years (Bachelor segment) + 2 years (Master’s segment) + 1 year supervised practice).
The Danish Psychological Association has participated in the continued efforts for the second stage of the project which was completed in 2005. The focus of the second stage was to provide a more explicit specification of the requirements for the one-year supervised practice.
The third stage of the project was started in the fall of 2005. This is a pilot project involving 6 countries working on implementation of the diploma. The Danish Psychological Association is part of an advisory group but does not take part in the pilot project itself.
The efforts of the Leonardo group have taken place as a parallel to EC efforts to amend the directive on the approval of professional qualifications. The draft directive has now been adopted and entails that from now on it must be possible for European professional organizations to formulate so-called “platforms” which represent shared minimum standards of education. The field of psychology is for the present the field which, with the Leonardo project, is furthest ahead in developing a shared platform.
The Danish Psychological Association Education and Research Committee have concluded that the Danish psychology degree and authorization more than meet the requirements of the European psychology diploma.
The Standing Committee on Psychotherapy under the EFPA has developed the educational requirements for a specialist diploma in psychotherapy. The Danish Psychological Association has set up a National Committee of Approval which met in May of 2007.
The National Committee of Approval has stated that the requirements for the Danish specialist degree in psychotherapy just about match the requirements of the European specialist degree. This statement has been forwarded to the EFPA along with a list of 35 Danish psychologists holding a specialist degree who were approved by the National Committee of Approval in a test project.
If the EFPA approves the recommendations of the National Committee of Approval, it implies that all Danish psychologists who are approved specialists of psychotherapy according to the Danish regulations also meet the requirements of the EFPA. According to an EFPA decision, specialist diplomas cannot be issued until the basic diploma, EuroPsy, is in place. This is expected to be the case in 2009.