Postgraduate Course

MA Psychodynamic Counselling

(3 year)

MA Psychodynamic Counselling

Overview

The details
Psychodynamic Counselling (3 year)
October 2018
Part-time
3 years
Colchester Campus

Do you want to pursue further training as a psychodynamic counsellor? Are you looking to broaden and deepen your practice?

This course offers a professional qualification to work therapeutically with children and adolescents. You gain thorough theoretical and practical training, including a supervised placement, enabling you to qualify as a counsellor.

There are three training routes to the final qualification of MA Psychodynamic Counselling. The first year is provided by the Graduate Diploma, where you are learn about psychodynamic theory and its applications. If you're a psychology graduate, this 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.

Those who have a suitable diploma from elsewhere or who have completed our FdA/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations (TCTO) can potentially omit the Graduate Diploma year and be accepted into the second year.

In the second year, you work towards our MA Psychodynamic Counselling. You receive clinical training to work with children and adolescents and the clinical experience through placements in agencies such as schools, voluntary organisations or other support services. In addition to clinical training for working with children and adolescents, we also offer the opportunity to study modules which focus on adult therapeutic care.

A requirement of this course is that you are in personal therapy or counselling on a weekly basis.

As part of your course, you’re also required to undertake work-based observations and attend a conference. You may incur associated travel costs.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Psychodynamic Theory and Practice 1

Want to understand the connections between theory and practice? And to gain this understanding while continuing with your clinical work? Examine the issues facing children and adolescents, studying the key psychodynamic concepts. Use theoretical readings in your placement work, developing your clinical role in a reflective and creative way.

View Psychodynamic Theory and Practice 1 on our Module Directory

Psychodynamic Theory and Practice 2

Want to understand the connections between theory and practice? And to gain this understanding while continuing with your clinical work? Examine the issues facing children and adolescents, studying the key psychodynamic concepts. Use theoretical readings in your placement work, developing your clinical role in a reflective and creative way.

View Psychodynamic Theory and Practice 2 on our Module Directory

Applications of Research to Psychodynamic Practice

What qualitative and quantitative research methods can be applied to psychodynamic counselling? How do you use routine outcome measures in your clinical work? Develop a research mindset in your approach to work. Study the key texts that illuminate the possibilities and complexities of psychodynamic practice research.

View Applications of Research to Psychodynamic Practice on our Module Directory

Personal Development

Want to develop the personal capacities needed to be a psychodynamic practitioner? Take ownership of your learning by reflecting on your own experiences. Increase your awareness of the conscious and unconscious elements at work in your personal and professional life, and in relation to your conduct as a psychodynamic practitioner.

View Personal Development on our Module Directory

Professional Development 1

Want to develop your abilities as a psychodynamic practitioner on placement? Keen to implement your learning in practice? Work with approximately three clients per week and receive weekly supervision. Build a detailed case study on your placement to show how you have developed your professional identity and counselling skills.

View Professional Development 1 on our Module Directory

Advanced Counselling Theory and Practice

Want to understand the connections between theory and practice? And to gain this understanding while continuing with your clinical work? Examine the issues facing children and adolescents, studying the key psychodynamic concepts. Use theoretical readings in your placement work, developing your clinical role in a reflective and creative way.

View Advanced Counselling Theory and Practice on our Module Directory

Different Approaches

Want to broaden your knowledge of the range of interventions available? Keen to understand how psychodynamic thinking fits within potential interventions? Examine applications of psychodynamic thinking in family, group and shorter-term work. Explore other orientations in work with children and adolescents. Analyse the issues that inform choice of treatment.

View Different Approaches on our Module Directory

Professional Development 2

Want to develop your abilities as a psychodynamic practitioner on placement? Keen to implement your learning in practice? Work with approximately three clients per week and receive weekly supervision. Build a detailed case study on your placement to show how you have developed your professional identity and counselling skills.

View Professional Development 2 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

£4,990

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.

International fee

£10,710

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.

What's next

Open Days

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.

2018 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, June 23, 2018

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.

If you are interested in studying the diploma part-time also, please contact the Centre for Psychoanlaytic Studies to discuss the options available.

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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