How can you support the people who need your service most effectively?
How can you work more collaboratively with your colleagues?
What counts as therapeutic support for children, young people, or older adults?
Our Foundation Degree, comprising of one afternoon of teaching a week, offers a theoretical understanding and the practical tools for emotionally grounded therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and adults, whatever your role.
Using a psychodynamic framework, the course will help you develop a thorough understanding of the human processes within and around the people who use your service and the people who are trying to help them. We also equip you with an awareness of the wider dimension of organisational dynamics. Put together, these both will contribute to your development as an effective and perceptive practitioner.
You also have the opportunity to develop your insight as a reflective thinker through reflective observation workshops.
We connect the workshops on campus with elements of work-place learning, to ensure that you can make the connection between the course and your practice.
After finishing this Foundation Degree, you are able to take a further one year course to gain a BA Honours Degree. The course is accredited by APPCIOS (The Association of Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings).
What sets our teaching team apart is that each one blends clinical experience and expertise in their field with the academic rigour for which the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies has such a reputation. You will be taught by lecturers who have years of experience working directly with troubled individuals and groups in specialist settings. This means they can draw upon not only the enduring academic tradition and the latest research in the field of psychoanalytic studies but also upon years of clinical experience as teachers, psychotherapists, and therapeutic community practitioners.
Mr Chris Tanner, Fd.A Course Director, brings many years of experience in special education and therapeutic communities, having held a number of leaderships and directorships roles in such organisations. He also works as an organisational consultant working across diverse sectors in the UK. He is a Specialist Member of the Ministry of Justice Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal. He has postgraduate qualifications in special education, psychoanalytic studies, and organisational consultancy.
Mrs Sue Kegerreis is both an adult and child and adolescent psychotherapist. Sue has published numerous journal papers and chapters including her book Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents: An Introduction in 2010. Sue has a long career developing and teaching courses applying psychodynamic approaches to both clinical and non-clinical settings, and she is also a consultant offering clinical supervision.
Dr Bethany Morgan Brett’s specialist areas are in ageing, adult development, the life course, intergenerational relationships and qualitative research. Her PhD thesis on “Negotiating Midlife; The Subjective Experience of Ageing” took a psychosocial approach to exploring midlife and the fear of death. She is the co-author of ‘Teach Yourself Qualitative Interviewing’ (to be published by SAGE in 2020), and is currently completing a book on caring for older parents and the death of parents in later life (for publication in 2021 by Policy Press).
Dr Chris Nicholson has some 15 years experience working in residential childcare and therapeutic communities. His PhD thesis concerned the effects of war trauma upon the literary works of Robert Graves. He is the primary author and editor of Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches published in 2010. Chris sits on the Advisory Board for Children and Young People at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Therapeutic Communities section. He speaks at both national and international conferences and teaches here as well as in Greece.
Mrs Arianna Pulsoni is a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Arianna has worked in NHS and in schools. She is the lead on the wellbeing and counselling service in an international school. She has also worked with mother and baby refugees and she is doing a research on intergenerational family difficulties and parent work at the Tavistock Clinic. Arianna also works as a clinical supervisor and specialist consultant.
Dr Rodrigo Sanchez Escandon has worked for a variety of therapeutic organisations and children’s homes in Mexico City and Nairobi. He has also worked with homeless people for a number of years. In the UK he has worked as a therapist and clinical manager in the NHS. He is a registered psychoanalyst (IPA,BPC, BPF) with over 10 years of experience in private practice.
Our Student Administrator, Alison Evans, who will help you with many of the arrangements and technical aspects of the course, has a fantastic reputation among our students as being particularly helpful and approachable.
You will experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests:
At the Southend Campus, you also have access to the new Southend library and IT suite, as well as dedicated open and closed study areas and pods.
In undertaking this course you’ll study a range of psychoanalytic concepts - applying them to individuals, relationships and organisations, which will provide you with a unique perspective of why we are the way we are, on understanding others and knowing how to relate to them, which will make you suited for further clinical training, postgraduate study in different fields, or employment.
With around 80% of our students moving on to postgraduate study or employment, this course prepares you to move successfully into your own career path.
Key areas of employment for people with these skills include marketing, advertising, human resources, management, the media, care work, teaching or health care. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of careers, including:
We also work with the University’s Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
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“I never expected to develop such enthusiasm and passion for my chosen subject. I have acquired and built on a range of different skills, and by the end of my first year I had obtained paid employment within two separate organisations: a community interest company in Essex and a registered charity in Suffolk.”
David Bloomfield, FdA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisation.
Our applicants must demonstrate capacity to study for Foundation Degree as evidenced by NVQ, A-level and access courses or other evidence, perhaps including evidence of relevant experience and ability from the workplace.
You will also need a satisfactory screening via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (enhanced disclosure).
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5 in each component (or equivalent). Different requirements apply for second year entry.
We accept a wide range of other qualifications from applicants studying in the UK, EU and other countries. For further details about the qualifications that we accept, please e-mail us with information about the high school qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.
We welcome applications from mature students and students wishing to defer entry.
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We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of compulsory modules and options chosen from lists. Below is just one example of a combination of modules you could take. For a full list of optional modules you can look at the course’s Programme Specification.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore all modules listed are subject to change.
Please note that in both years, you choose between two modules - Theory, Practice and Responsibility (Child and Adolescent) and Theory, Practice and Responsibility (Adult) - depending on your preferred route.
£9,250As part of your course, you’re required to undertake work-based observations and attend a conference. You may incur associated travel costs.
£16,050As part of your course, you’re required to undertake work-based observations and attend a conference. You may incur associated travel costs.
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