Our Centre is recognised internationally as one of the leading
centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental
health, as well as in culture and society generally.
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Excellence in research and teaching
We foster creative new ways of looking at these areas and our world-class research is evidence of this. Located within the best faculty of social sciences
in the UK, our Centre is surrounded by strong departments that support our work. The Centre enjoys an outstanding reputation for research and has consistently
achieved the highest rating in the UK's Research Assessment Exercises, most recently in 2008.
Drawing on our research excellence, the Centre offers a wide range of
undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research opportunities in both
psychoanalytic and Jungian thought. At Essex you are taught and supervised by senior clinicians and world-class scholars.
Our students come from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Many are working professionals who study with us to develop
their careers or to gain a better understanding of the subject in order to become better practitioners in areas such as refugee care,
organisational dynamics, community, educational and social care, as well as psychotherapy.
Our graduates take their expertise into practically every area of life, not just the psychotherapy professions and
continued academic work, but
also the worlds of the arts, business, education, journalism, philosophy, politics, religion, and social work - wherever there is need for deeper
awareness about the experiencing person and the unconscious mind.
Learning and teaching
Our distinctive courses provide a pluralistic and non-sectarian environment, in which various depth psychological models of the
unconscious are critically examined (especially Freudian, Jungian, and British Object Relations).
We have a thriving international community of about 80 students researching for a PhD or Professional Doctorate.
In addition we offer experiential days and
residential short courses on working with groups. We have strong links with the local National Health Service, care services and professional
that allows students to keep up to date with current trends.