Module Details

PA210-6-AU-CO: Counselling Skills With Children And Adolescents

Year: 2016/17
Department: Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: Yes
Comments: Students taking this module as a stand-alone or outside option are advised that they need to be working (or volunteering) in some kind of supportive or counselling role with children or adolescents, or in a position to observe children or adolescents in interactions with adults and each other, in order to be accepted on this module. If this is not the case please consider the 15 credit theory only variant PA228-6-AU. You are also strongly advised that some prior familiarity with psychodynamic thinking will be helpful. Suggested preparatory reading: Kegerreis, S (2009) Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Young People or Schmidt Neven, R (1997) Emotional Milestones from birth to adulthood: a psychodynamic approach or Waddell, M (2002) Inside lives: psychoanalysis and the growth of the personality

Supervisor: Dr Chris Nicholson
Teaching Staff:
Contact details: Student Administrator, 4SB.6.2, telephone extension 4969, email

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

Students will study written material relating to counselling skills with children and adolescents. There will be some workshop based learning to support the theoretical understanding. Students will also present and discuss their own work with children and adolescents in order to promote development in their clinical skills

Learning and Teaching Methods

Study of written material with seminar discussion
Workshop based learning around the application of clinical skills
Discussion of students own work


100 per cent Coursework Mark


The coursework consists of one 5000 word essay


  • Alvarez, A Live Company, Routledge
  • Bollas, C The Shadow of the Object: Psychoanalysis of the Unthought Known
  • Canham, H. Spitting, Kicking and Stripping Journal of Child Psychotherapy vol. 30 no.2
  • Carpy, D. Tolerating the countertransference: a mutative process in International Journal of Psychoanalysis 70 pp. 287-294
  • Case, C. & T. Dalley (eds), Handbook of Art Therapy, Routledge
  • Hinshelwood, R. Clinical Klein, Free Association Books 1994
  • Holmes and Perrin, Countertransference what is it? What do we do with it? in Psychodynamic Counselling 1997, vol.3. no.3, pp. 263-278
  • Hopper, L. Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents, Palgrave Macmillan 2006
  • Hoxter, S. ' Play as Communication' in Mary Boston et al (eds) The Child Psychotherapist and the Problems of Young People
  • Kegerreis, S. Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Young People, Palgrave Macmillan (publication due 2010)
  • Mak Pearce, G. ' Engaging troubled adolescents in 6 session psychodynamic therapy in G. Baruch Community-Based Psychotherapy with Young People Routledge
  • Malan, D. Individual Psychotherapy and the Science of Psychodynamics, Hodder Arnold 1995
  • McGoldrick, Gerson & Shellenburger Genograms: Assessment and Intervention W W Norton
  • Money-Kyrle, R. Normal Counter-Transference and Some of its Deviations in International Journal of Psychoanalysis 37:36066
  • Noonan, E. Counselling Young People, Routledge 1983
  • Temperley, J. The Implications for Social Work Practice of Recent Psycho-
  • analytic Developments (unpublished paper).
  • Winnicott, C. Face to Face with Children
  • Winnicott, D.W. Therapeutic Consultations in in Child Psychiatry
  • Winnicott, D.W. Through Paediatrics to Psycho-Analysis

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