Module Details

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

Year: 2017/18
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: ’Key theoretical ideas in Psychodynamic Thinking’ in Kegerreis, S. (2010) Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Young People. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan (pp12-18) ‘Defining the theory – Psychodynamics’ in Preston-Shoot, M. and Agass, D. (1990) Making Sense of Social Work: Psychodynamics, Systems and practice. London: Palgrave ‘Psychodynamics: A Changing Theory’ in Leiper, R. and Maltby, M. (2004) The Psychodynamic Approach to Therapeutic Change. London: Sage. (pp 12-33) Rycroft, C. (1995) A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, London: Penguin

Staff
Supervisor: Dr Chris Nicholson
Teaching Staff: Sue Kegerreis
Contact details: Student Administrator, 4SB.6.2, telephone extension 4969, email cpsugrad@essex.ac.uk

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module aims at helping students put more effectively into practice their psychodynamic understanding of their work with children and adolescents. While this module cannot provide a counselling qualification, students will be learning to use counselling skills in their normal working roles.

You will study the nature of the counselling relationship, consider how to develop a therapeutic alliance, and the overall process of counselling. You will explore issues of assessment and formulation, understanding the underlying verbal and non-verbal communication, including the application of skills and techniques utilised, for example, in art and play, and how all this works within the psychodynamic framework that the module supports.

The module balances academic study and discussion of the issues along with active participation in weekly workshops and the chance to undertake an on-going observation, or piece of direct work, with a child. The observation or direct work is written up and presented within seminars providing an opportunity to enhance observation skills and the capacity to develop a psychodynamic formulation.

Aims:
• To observe or work with a single person over 10 weeks
• To apply psychodynamic thinking to the therapeutic relationship in placement or work
• To deepen your understanding of therapeutic communication and counselling skills
• To practice therapeutic communication and counselling skills

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:
• Recognise what factors support the development of a therapeutic alliance
• Understand how to utilise a range of counselling and communication skills effectively in a therapeutic or supportive role
• Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the dynamics of relationships and interactions between people in professional settings, especially between those providing the service and those receiving it
• Appreciate the depth and richness of the inner world of a single person and the factors which contribute to their state of mind and behaviour
• Demonstrate the acquisition of the skills and knowledge required to make a psychodynamic assessment of a single person

Learning and Teaching Methods

Seminar 1 - Students will discuss readings on theoretical and practical aspects of counselling relationships with children and adolescents. There will be a reflective group at the beginning and end of this module

Workshop 1 – Students will participate in experiential workshops to practice new skills and to deepen their understanding

Seminar 2 – Students will bring descriptions of their work with children and/or adolescents which will be discussed applying psychodynamic insights to the interaction

Assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark

Coursework

The coursework consists of one 1000-1500 word observation and one 4000 word case study.

Other information

Preparatory reading for students taking this module as an outside option

’Key theoretical ideas in Psychodynamic Thinking’ in Kegerreis, S. (2010) Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Young People. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan (pp12-18)

‘Defining the theory – Psychodynamics’ in Preston-Shoot, M. and Agass, D. (1990) Making Sense of Social Work: Psychodynamics, Systems and practice. London: Palgrave

‘Psychodynamics: A Changing Theory’ in Leiper, R. and Maltby, M. (2004) The Psychodynamic Approach to Therapeutic Change. London: Sage. (pp 12-33)

Rycroft, C. (1995) A Critical Dictionary of Psychoanalysis, London: Penguin

Bibliography

  • Alvarez, A Live Company, Routledge
  • 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
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Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Mr Nicholas Stein
    Institution: University of Derby
    Academic Role: Programme Leader MA in Art Therapy