Doctorate in Psychosocial Theory

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The DPT Degree.  Candidates admitted to this degree will typically be interested in theoretical issues pertaining to personal and social change that is informed by psychoanalytic and psychodynamic insights about human functioning. In short, this degree is about developing the capacity for critique. This will include a broad category of Candidates with intellectual interests that are aligned with the Mission and Vision of the Parkmore Institute, yet do not entirely fit with the four other doctoral degrees.  Individuals interested in this program should discuss their proposed project with the Director to ensure that it fits with the expertise of our current group of Faculty Fellows.  Once a productive experience is anticipated, Candidates will craft an educational program that will advance their interests.  They will take at least one Qualifying Tutorial or Seminar with one of the Institute’s Faculty.  The purpose of this learning experience would be to ensure that the Candidate has a broad knowledge of the area in which she or he is interested. Following this Qualifying experience of learning, the Candidate ‑‑‑ together with the guidance and mentoring of a member of the Institute’s Faculty ‑‑‑ completes a Doctoral Project.  This might be an article or book published in a reputable outlet, a series of publishable case reports, or a publishable piece of research.

An example of the sort of Candidate who should come to the Parkmore Institute:  Mr. E has had a longstanding interest in the notion that personal and social change is impeded by the way in which ideologies are internalized.  He comes to the Institute to gain a broader understanding of the current state of theorizing about ideology, both within the critical tradition and elsewhere.  His doctoral project will be an appraisal of the contemporary relevance of the writings of Antonio Gramsci.  He chose the Parkmore Institute because … where else can you get an advanced education in social critique, without the constrictions and restrictions that so often characterize traditional PhD programs.  He wants learning that is directly relevant to his interests, he does not want a traditionally structured doctoral program and anyway cannot afford to leave his employment to fulfil residency requirements.  He will find that the Institute’s Faculty are “the real thing” ‑‑‑ committed to critical and creative thinking. His scholarship will indeed earn him the dignity of the title, “Doctor.”

If you are interested in applying for this program, please contact Director@ParkmoreInstitute.org

The Parkmore Institute has offices in South Africa (Johannesburg, Gauteng) and the USA (Wilmington, Delaware).  However, it is currently expanding and welcomes applications from prospective students, as well as potential Faculty and Fellows, from all parts of the world.