About the course
How can you best help a troubled child in your agency? How can you work more effectively with your colleagues? How can you use your understanding to support others in their role with adolescents? How can you make your organisations for adults more therapeutic? Our Foundation Degree offers a theoretical understanding and practical grounding in emotionally aware and therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and adults, whatever your role.
Using a psychodynamic framework, you develop a thorough understanding of the dynamics within and around both troubled children and the adults who are trying to help them learn. We also equip you with an awareness of the wider dimension of organisational dynamics, to ensure that you become an effective and perceptive member of your staff team.
- Psychodynamic theory
- Child and adult development
- Issues of trauma and violence
- The dynamics of therapeutic interventions in organisations
You also have the opportunity to develop your insight as a reflective practitioner. We combine theoretical seminars and practical workshops on campus with a degree of work-place learning, to ensure that your understanding of the material covered is comprehensive.
After finishing this Foundation Degree, you are able to take a one year course to complete your BA.
“I never expected to develop such enthusiasm and passion for my chosen subject. I have acquired and built on a range of different skills, and by the end of my first year I had obtained paid employment within two separate organisations: a community interest company in Essex and a registered charity in Suffolk.”
David Bloomfield, FdA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisation.
This course is accredited by APPCIOS: The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings. Graduates can apply for accreditation as Psychodynamic Organisational Counsellors or as Psychodynamic Organisational Therapists.
While still a student, you can also choose to become Associate Members of APPCIOS. This brings many benefits:
- Access to an ongoing programme of Continuing Professional Development through training webinars, clinical discussion webinars, group supervision webinars and individual supervision opportunities run by senior APPCIOS and BPC clinicians
- Access to an interactive blog site where full and associate members can keep in touch with one another, and with the Association
- Access to a tutoring scheme where appropriate
- Opportunities for collaborative work and peer supervision
- Eligibility for membership of the BPC for those at senior associate membership level and beyond
Our expert staff
What sets our teaching team apart is that each one blends clinical experience and expertise in their field with the academic rigour for which the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies has such a reputation. You will be taught by lecturers who have years of experience working directly with troubled individuals and groups in specialist settings. This means they can draw upon not only the enduring academic tradition and the latest research in the field of psychoanalytic studies but also upon years of clinical experience as teachers, psychotherapists, and therapeutic community practitioners.
Dr Chris Nicholson has some 15 years experience working in residential childcare and therapeutic communities. His PhD thesis concerned the effects of war trauma upon the literary works of Robert Graves. He is the primary author and editor of Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches published in 2010. Chris sits on the Advisory Board for Children and Young People at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Therapeutic Communities section. He speaks at both national and international conferences and teaches here as well as in Greece.
Mr Chris Tanner is an expert and lecturer in organisational dynamics and leadership. He gained postgraduate qualifications in special education, psychoanalytic studies (MA), and organisational consultancy (PGDip). Chris brings many years experience in special education and therapeutic communities having held a number of leaderships and directorships roles. In addition, Chris is a highly regarded organisational consultant working across diverse sectors in the UK. He is a Specialist Member of the Ministry of Justice Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal.
Mrs Sue Kegerreis is both an adult and child and adolescent psychotherapist. Sue has published numerous journal papers and chapters including her book Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents: An Introduction in 2010. Sue has a long career developing and teaching courses applying psychodynamic approaches to both clinical and non-clinical settings, and she is also a consultant offering clinical supervision.
Ms Elena Della Rosa is a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist and she is currently working part-time in the NHS. She has a special interest in working with adolescents and in the application of psychoanalytic technique in therapy with young people. She is currently writing a Doctoral research on the use of transference interpretations in short term psychotherapy.
Dr Jochem Willemsen started his career as a support worker in a residential care home for children. He later trained to be a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and worked for years in private practice. Jochem worked for more than ten years at Ghent University (Belgium), where he completed a PhD on psychopathy. His research on psychoanalysis, forensic psychotherapy, and psychopathy is published in international scientific journals.
Our Undergraduate Administrator, Alison Evans, who will help you with many of the arrangements and technical aspects of the course, has a fantastic reputation among our students as being particularly helpful and approachable.
You will experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests:
In undertaking this course you’ll study a range of psychoanalytic concepts - applying them to individuals, relationships and organisations, which will provide you with a unique perspective of why we are the way we are, on understanding others and knowing how to relate to them, which will make you suited for further clinical training, postgraduate study in different fields, or employment.
With around 80% of our students moving on to postgraduate study or employment, this course prepares you to move successfully into your own career path.
Key areas of employment for people with these skills include marketing, advertising, human resources, management, the media, care work, teaching or health care. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of careers, including:
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Clinical psychology
- NHS Mental Health work
- Management Consultancy
- Country Director (Afghanistan) with the Danish Refugee Council
- Therapeutic Consultancy
We also work with our university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
UK entry requirements
Our applicants must demonstrate capacity to study for Foundation Degree as evidenced by NVQ, A-level and access courses or other evidence, perhaps including evidence of relevant experience and ability from the workplace.
You will also need a satisfactory screening via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)(enhanced disclosure).
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
We accept a wide range of other qualifications from applicants studying in the UK, EU and other countries. For further details about the qualifications that we accept, please e-mail us with information about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
We welcome applications from mature students and students wishing to defer entry.
International and EU entry requirements
We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries.
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Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Applications are online at: www.ucas.com. Full details on this process can be obtained from the UCAS website in the how to apply section.
Our UK students, and some of our EU and international students, who are still at school or college, can apply through their school. Your school will be able to check and then submit your completed application to UCAS. Our other international applicants (EU or worldwide) or independent applicants in the UK can also apply online through UCAS Apply.
The UCAS code for our University of Essex is ESSEX E70. The individual campus codes for our Loughton and Southend Campuses are ‘L’ and ‘S’ respectively.
Applicant Days and interviews
Resident in the UK? If your application is successful, we will invite you to attend one of our applicant days. These run from January to April and give you the chance to explore the campus, meet our students and really get a feel for life as an Essex student.
Some of our courses also hold interviews and if you’re invited to one, this will take place during your applicant day. Don’t panic, they’re nothing to worry about and it’s a great way for us to find out more about you and for you to find out more about the course. Some of our interviews are one-to-one with an academic, others are group activities, but we’ll send you all the information you need beforehand.
If you’re outside the UK and are planning a trip, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help you plan a visit to the University.
Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex. In 2017 we have three undergraduate Open Days (in June, September and October). These events enable you to discover what our Colchester Campus has to offer. You have the chance to:
- tour our campus and accommodation
- find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
- meet our students and staff
Check out our Visit Us pages to find out more information about booking onto one of our events. And if the dates aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing email@example.com and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.
If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.