Module Details

PA222-6-AP-CO: Application Of Key Psychodynamic Concepts To Therapeutic Work

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: No

Supervisor: Chris Nicholson
Teaching Staff: from Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Contact details: Student Administrator, 4SB.6.2, telephone extension 4969, email

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 in their work with Adult clients.

By the end of the module students should be able to
Work more effectively with adults /young people using key psychodynamic concepts and principles in their approach
Have a deeper understanding of the dynamics of relationships and encounters between staff and adult clients as well team dynamics in and between services.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Seminar 1
Students will discuss readings on theory and application of key psychodynamic concepts and principles in their work with adult clients. There will also be an experiential workshop format to assist students in learning to formulate and deepen their understanding of work based interactions with clients and colleagues in teams and other services.

Seminar 2
Students will bring descriptions of their work with adult clients which will be discussed applying psychodynamic insights to the interaction.


100 per cent Coursework Mark


5000 word case study


  • Week One Teach Art and Science of Observation
  • Sternberg, J. Infant Observation at the Heart of Training, pp.46 to 77
  • Hinshelwood, R Observing Organisations
  • John Lawrence paper
  • Week Two The Unconscious and Inner World
  • Kegerreis, S 2010 Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Young People.
  • Hampshire Palgrave Macmillan pp 12 to 18
  • Bateman, A. Brown, D. and Pedder, J. 1991 Introduction to Psychotherapy An Outline of Psychodynamic Principles and Practice. London: Routledge. pp 14 to 38
  • Week Three Anxiety and Defense
  • Symington, N. The Structural Model, ch14 in The Analytic Experience, Lectures from the Tavistock
  • Salzberger Wittenberg,. I. 1970 Psycho Analytic Insight and Relationships. London Routledge Part II Ch 1, 2, 3
  • Rycroft, C. 1968 Anxiety and Neurosis. London Allen Lane pp 36 to 54
  • Week Four Unconscious Communication
  • Analysing and Formulating therapeutic Conversations
  • Ref Gavin Eissler paper
  • Malan, D. 1995 Individual Psychotherapy and the Science of Psychodynamics Chap 9
  • Hinshewood, R. The Psychodynamic Formulation in journal to be chased up
  • Week Five Transference
  • Symington, N. The Clinical Significance of Transference, in The Analytic Experience, Lectures from the Tavistock ch 10 pp 106 to 112
  • Joseph, B. Transference The total situation
  • Klein, M. The Origins of Transference, in Envy and Gratitude, 1952
  • Week Six Counter transference
  • Countertransference an Independent view in Kohon, G. The British School of Psychoanalysis The Independent Tradition pp 51 to 73
  • Holmes & Perrin Countertransference what is it What do we do with it
  • Psychodynamic Counselling 1997 vol. 3 no. 3 pp. 263 to 278
  • Heimann, P. 1950 On Counter transference. International Journal of Psycho analysis 31,81
  • Week Seven Projective Identification
  • The concept of Projective Identification, J. Sandler Bull.Anna Freud Centre 1987 10,33
  • Joseph,B. Projective Identification Some clinical aspects in Melanie Klein Today, Developments in theory and practice, Vol 1 Mainly Theory, ED by Elizabeth Bott
  • Spillius, pp 138 to150
  • Shohet, R. Whose feelings am I feeling Using the concept of projective identification in Hardwick, A. and Woodhead, J. eds 1999 Loving Hating and Survival. Aldershot: Ashgate pp 39 to 53
  • Week Eight Envy and Gratitude or Oedipus complex
  • Klein, M. Envy and Gratitude in Envy and Gratitude,pp 176 to 235, Virago Books.
  • Other papers to follow
  • Week Nine Holding and Containment
  • Bion's work on container contained model
  • Winnicott's work on holding
  • Miller Pietroni, M Containment in Theory and Practice 1999 Psychodynamic Counselling Vol.5, No.4. 1999

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