Module Details

PA218-5-SP-CO: Personality Development

Year: 2016/17
Department: Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Essex credit: 15
ECTS credit: 7.5
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: No
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Mrs S Kegerreis
Teaching Staff: Mrs S Kegerreis
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with psychodynamic and attachment based theories of child and personality development, from pre birth to adolescence and beyond. It aims to equip students with an understanding of normal developmental processes and of what can interfere with healthy emotional relationships. It will enable the students to apply a developmental perspective to childrens presentation and to have some understanding of the specific tasks of each developmental stage. It will supplement the learning on the other modules to provide the theoretical underpinning for progression to a clinical placement on the MA Psychodynamic counselling with children and adolescents.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Theoretical seminars.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


2500 word essay


  • Kegerreis, S. Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents
  • Bowlby, J. A Secure Base , Chap. 7, The Role of Attachment in Personality Development
  • Geddes, H Attachment in the classroom Chaps. 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Brazelton, B. and Cramer, B. The Earliest Relationship, Chap.1, The Prehistory of Attachment and Chap 2, The Dawn of Attachment
  • Waddell, M. Inside Lives, Chap.2, Beginnings, Chap. 4 Infancy, Chap. 6 Latency
  • Music G. Nurturing Natures Chapters 3, 4 and 14
  • Wilson, P (1989) Latency and Certainty, Journal of Child Psychotherapy 15 (2) pp59 to 70
  • Abe Brafman Working with Adolescents, a Pragmatic View Chap 3 in Wise (ed) Adolescence
  • Youell, B The Learning Relationship Chap 5 Adolescence
  • Noonan, E Counselling Young People Chap 1 Adolescent to Adult, pp 1 to 27

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