Postgraduate Course

Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling

Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling

Overview

The details
Psychodynamic Counselling
October 2019
Full-time
9 months
Colchester Campus

Are you interested in how people develop and how they relate to each other, both personally and in organisations? Do you want to make a start on pursuing a training to work therapeutically with children and adolescents/adults?

Taught at our Colchester Campus, this course offers a grounding in psychodynamic theory and its applications. It can be pursued in its own right if you're interested in the psychodynamic approach but also constitutes the first year of our Grad Dip/MA training in Psychodynamic Counselling (if you have taken our FdA/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations (TCTO) course you can enter the MA direct).

If you're a psychology graduate, this course is the ideal next step if you wish to progress in the field of psychodynamic counselling. It also provides a route to a counselling and psychotherapy qualification for professionals, such as teachers, social workers, nurses and care workers.

It is not possible to study via distance learning on this course.

Why we're great.
  • A clinical training programme for professionals working with children and adolescents
  • Gain practical experience through placements in schools or local agencies
  • Acquire a professional qualification to work therapeutically with children and adolescents

Our expert staff

Our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading departments for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.

The Department consistently achieves top ten rankings in the UK's research assessments, most recently in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Being located within the UK’s leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in their fields.

Specialist facilities

If you are studying within our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

We hold free evening Open Seminars on topics relevant to psychoanalysis which are open to students, staff and members of the public.

Your future

As this is the first year of the Counselling training most graduates progress towards qualification with the MA Psychodynamic Counselling. Other graduates go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, or take their new understanding back to enrich their related professional work.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.

It is desirable for you to have had some relevant experience in a caring or supportive role. Experience of your own counselling or therapy is also an asset.

With your online application you must submit a personal statement; this should detail the reasons for wanting to study the course, including any relevant experience (work or voluntary) that may support your application.

You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) this is organised by the University.

A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, we require IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year. Our Programme Specification provides further details of the course structure for the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

Group and Organisational Dynamics for Counsellors

In this module you will learn about the psycho-dynamic and systemic ideas about organisations and apply them to an organisation through an observational placement.

View Group and Organisational Dynamics for Counsellors on our Module Directory

Counselling Contexts

What do you understand about the complexities of being a counsellor? What are the settings within which counselling takes place? And what are the ethical and statutory framework within which you’ll be working? Gain an understanding of the professional environment of counselling before starting your placement.

View Counselling Contexts on our Module Directory

Psychodynamic Observation for Counsellors

How can you apply psychodynamic theory to everyday events? What do you understand about the role of unconscious and emotional communication in ordinary life? Understand and practice the skills of psychodynamic observation. Become more perceptive about understanding the meaning of what you observe.

View Psychodynamic Observation for Counsellors on our Module Directory

Psychodynamic Concepts

In this module you’ll be familiarised with the key concepts of psychodynamic thinking relating to individuals and organisations. It will supplement your learning to provide the theoretical underpinning for progression to a clinical placement on our MA Psychodynamic Counselling course with children and adolescents.

View Psychodynamic Concepts on our Module Directory

Personality Development

What are normal child development processes? And what can interfere with healthy emotional relationships? Understand psychodynamic and attachment-based theories on child and personality development, from pre-birth to adolescence and beyond. Apply a developmental perspective to children’s behaviour and examine the specific tasks of each developmental stage.

View Personality Development on our Module Directory

Personal Development

What are the personal attributes required to be a psychodynamic practitioner? How do you develop the reflective capacities for this role? Reflect on your learning and experience. Gain answers to questions about the role of psychodynamic practitioner through a group relations weekend, regular tutorials and occasional reflective group sessions.

View Personal Development on our Module Directory

The counselling relationship and counselling techniques

This module introduces you to the principles underlying psycho-dynamic counselling and helps you acquire relevant skills and techniques.

View The counselling relationship and counselling techniques on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Teaching takes place in relatively small seminars and fora, with a focus on group discussion
  • You also have a personal tutor who advises you about your work on an individual basis

Assessment

  • For most modules, assessment is by coursework only, typically an essay of between 3,000-5,000 words

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£5,240

For students intending to progress to the 2 year MA programme, we would advise them to undertake personal therapy which is a mandatory requirement of the Masters. This costs approx. £40-70 per session and the student will be required to cover this cost.

International fee

£11,246

For students intending to progress to the 2 year MA programme, we would advise them to undertake personal therapy which is a mandatory requirement of the Masters. This costs approx. £40-70 per session and the student will be required to cover this cost.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

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We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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