Do you want to train as a psychodynamic counsellor? Are you looking to develop psychodynamic understanding and skills to broaden and deepen your practice?
This course offers a professional qualification to work therapeutically as a counsellor, either with children and adolescents or with adults You gain thorough theoretical and practical training, including a supervised placement, enabling you to qualify and practise as a counsellor.
This course provides a route to a counselling and psychotherapy qualification for graduates from psychology, sociology or many other related degrees as well as for established professionals, such as teachers, social workers, nurses and care workers.
In the first year you learn about psychodynamic theory and its applications. In the second year, you take up a placement as trainee counsellor to develop your skills and confidence as a practitioner. You will be placed in an agency such as a school, voluntary organisation or some other support service. A requirement of this course is that you are in personal therapy or counselling on a weekly basis and you will need weekly supervision. As part of your course, you are required to attend a conference and may incur associated travel costs.
Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
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.
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.
Graduates from our Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling who do not continue in the training may well already be professionals, clinical and non-clinical, and will return to their existing fields, either in jobs or further training, and use their learning from the course to deepen their understanding of their work.
Graduates from our MA Psychodynamic Counselling are qualified counsellors who take up positions in many agencies providing counselling to young people. Graduates from our department go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
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.
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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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.
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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.
£5,504The cost of your first year reflects the Graduate Diploma tuition fee. The fee will decrease to the Masters part-time tuition fees for the final two years of the course. As part of your course, you’re required to be in personal therapy on a weekly basis and receive supervision. You’ll be required to pay for this and find your own therapist. The average cost per weekly session is £40-70 per hour.
£11,814The cost of your first year reflects the Graduate Diploma tuition fee. The fee will decrease to the Masters part-time tuition fees for the final two years of the course. As part of your course, you’re required to be in personal therapy on a weekly basis and receive supervision. You’ll be required to pay for this and find your own therapist. The average cost per weekly session is £40-70 per hour.
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
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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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