Module Details

PA218-5-SP-CO: Personality Development

Year: 2017/18
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 Susan Kegerreis
Teaching Staff: Mrs S Kegerreis
Contact details:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This module gives you an outline of child, adolescent and adult development through the lifecycle. There is an emphasis on the acquisition of the emotional capacities for good relationships, effective learning and emotional well-being, and what can interfere with these. The theoretical texts are drawn from psychodynamic and attachment literature.

Learning and Teaching Methods

There are 10 week of seminars of 2hrs' duration. Students will read texts on the psychodynamics of human development before the seminar and come ready to discuss them with the tutor and each other. Experience from personal and workplace interactions will enrich the learning. In some seminars students will take turns to present key elements from the week's texts and/or the tutor will take the lead in introducing and organising the learning.

Seminars may include workshops and other exercises.


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

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr Anne Worthington
    Institution: Middlesex University
    Academic Role: Senior Lecturer