Undergraduate Course

BA Psychodynamic Practice

BA Psychodynamic Practice

Overview

The details
Psychodynamic Practice
C847
October 2022
Full-time
3 years
Colchester Campus

Formerly BA Therapeutic Care

Are you fascinated by relationships and personality development, or intrigued by people’s behaviour, what causes you to act as you do and what can lead to emotional or psychological difficulties? Do you want to learn about and develop ways of helping those who are in need? Laying the foundations for a career in a caring profession, whether education, health or social care our course will give you a solid basis in psychodynamic thinking, child and adult development, and the dynamics of therapeutic interventions in organisations.

Whether you want to work with troubled infants in the nursery, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties in schools or children’s homes, adults in social care and mental health settings, the elderly or those with learning difficulties our degree leaves you fully prepared to make a difference. We equip you with what you need to take up a post in a range of education, health and social care settings. Includes a Placement in each year of study. There are no exams in this course.

Topics include:

  • Child, adolescent and adult development
  • Attachment theory
  • Working with groups
  • Psychodynamic counselling
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Trauma and violence
  • Psychosis
  • Looked after children
  • Eating disorders
  • Creating effective learning environments
  • Organisational dynamics and systems theory
  • Therapeutic communities
  • Psychodynamic interventions in non-clinical settings

Through the inclusion of an observational and work placement, giving you invaluable experience within your chosen sector, this course enables you to put theory and practice together as well as a gradual entry into the world of employment. We help you to explore and understand the kind of role you are preparing for so you graduate with a valuable balance of theoretical understanding and useful practical experience – rare qualities giving you the edge needed for to successfully gain employment upon graduation.

Please be aware that students entering Year 3 from October 2020 will be taught at our Southend campus.

Why we're great.
  • You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge from years of working with children.
  • Our degree lays the foundation to a career that makes a difference.
  • Our students learn in small groups with expert practitioners and academics.

Study abroad

Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.

Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.

If you spend a full year abroad you'll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won't pay any tuition fees to your host university

Our expert staff

This course is led by Dr Manuel Batsch who is a researcher and a practitioner. After completing his PhD at UCL, Manuel Batsch pursued his research on the role of theory in psychoanalytic clinic, publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals.

In parallel, Manuel Batsch works as a Honorary Psychotherapist at Camden Psychotherapy Unit and he is undertaking training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Amongst the lecturers teaching in the course are:

Dr Chris Nicholson (Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychodynamic Studies) Chris Nicholson has more than 15 years’ experience working in residential childcare and therapeutic communities. He sits on the Advisory Board for Children and Young People at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Therapeutic Communities sections, and regularly speaks at both national and international conferences.

Dr Poul Rohleder is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working in a private practice in central London. Poul Rohleder is a board member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and member of the task group on sexual and gender diversity within psychoanalysis at the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Dr Raluca Soreanu is a Psychoanalyst in private practice, effective member of the Circulo Psicanalitico do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, a member of the College of Psychoanalysts in the UK and an Academic Associate of The Freud Museum. Raluca Soreanu’s work is at the intersection between psychoanalytic theory and social theory. She has published numerous monographs and peer-reviewed articles.

Chris Tanner has worked as a senior manager and company director in both public and private sector organisations. He devised and runs a range of consultancy, leadership development and staff facilitation interventions with organisations in the human service sector and beyond.

Dr Deborah Wright is a trained Psychotherapist who previously worked as a Deputy Manager, staff trainer and training consultant in residential care for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems.

Specialist facilities

You will experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests:

  • You will have access to the Albert Sloman Library, which houses a strong collection of books, journals, electronic resources and major archives
  • The Department has its own dedicated library of specialist texts which inform and influence our research
  • Free evening Open Seminars on topics relevant to psychoanalysis which are open to students, staff and members of the public.

Your future

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.

Our future graduates may go to work in a wide range of careers, including:

  • Therapeutic services
  • NHS Mental Health work
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Education
  • Social Care
  • Therapeutic Consultancy
  • Management Consultancy
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Academia

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.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BCC

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 28 points or three Higher Level certificates with 544
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 units at Merit or above

Please note that a satisfactory enhanced DBS check may be required prior to starting any placement(s) for this course. This will be organised by the University where required.

Flexible offers
Eligible applicants that actively choose us as their firm choice will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

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

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

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.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Introduction to Practice-Based Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice
(30 CREDITS)

What skills are involved in psychodynamic observation? How do you apply psychodynamic theory to everyday events? Gain a theoretical and practice-based understanding of psychodynamic observation. Develop your psychodynamic approach to reflective practice. Undertake your own observations, in the community and on placement, and present your findings in seminars.

View Introduction to Practice-Based Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Therapeutic Work in Groups
(15 CREDITS)

What are the difficulties when undertaking group work? What issues would you need to consider when dealing with troubling behaviour, for example with gangs? Understand group work and working with groups from a psychodynamic perspective. Gain the techniques and skills to engage professionally in therapeutic orientated groups in the workplace.

View Therapeutic Work in Groups on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Understanding Individuals Groups and Organisations : An Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts
(15 CREDITS)

How do unconscious dynamics work in individuals, groups and organisations? How can psychodynamic insight be applied to this? Explore how individuals affect one another, how institutions affect those who work there and vice versa. Understand key concepts in psychodynamic thinking and how to apply this to individuals, groups and workplaces.

View Understanding Individuals Groups and Organisations : An Introduction to Psychodynamic Concepts on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Child, Adolescent and Adult Development
(15 CREDITS)

How are foundations of emotional development laid down in early life? What impact do early experiences have on future social and learning? Study personality development from a psychodynamic and attachment perspective. Examine key development stages to see how work with clients requires understanding of the initial roots of their difficulties.

View Child, Adolescent and Adult Development on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Therapeutic Practice and Responsibility: Statutory Frameworks
(15 CREDITS)

What are the frameworks around therapeutic work? How do you ensure responsible practice? Examine professional conduct and ethical considerations. Build your psychodynamic understanding of the issues and dynamics involved. Gain knowledge of your wider responsibilities to your organisation, discipline, clients and yourself.

View Therapeutic Practice and Responsibility: Statutory Frameworks on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Assignment and Research Writing for Psychoanalytic Studies
(15 CREDITS)

Want guidance in understanding your course? Know how your academic skills will transfer to the world of work? Develop your abilities to undertake independent research. Learn to read critically and to write clearly. Build the employability skills that will help you during your studies and after graduation.

View Assignment and Research Writing for Psychoanalytic Studies on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 07: OPTIONAL

Option from list
(15 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Advanced Practice-Based Psychodynamic Observation and Reflective Practice
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach
(15 CREDITS)

What place does trauma have within psychoanalytic thinking? What impact does loss have on children? Or on adolescents and adults? Explore human development and organisational dynamics by studying themes of child abuse, deprivation, loss and trauma. Understand the implications for organisations working with traumatised people.

View Trauma and Recovery: A Psychodynamic Approach on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: COMPULSORY

Critical Analysis of Psychodynamic Theory and Practice
(15 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to enhance your psychodynamic thinking and practice in specialist areas. You will develop your knowledge of the psychodynamic field and become more familiar with interventions in specialist areas, with the aim of developing further understanding of and the application of the transference and countertransference phenomena. The module emphasises skills in critical analysis.

View Critical Analysis of Psychodynamic Theory and Practice on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Violence and Containment: A Psychosocial Approach to Physical and Psychological Violence
(15 CREDITS)

Why are some people violent towards children? What are the underlying reasons for antisocial behaviour? Examine psychodynamic thinking to issues around aggression, violence and antisocial behaviour, as well wider socio-political topics. Explore psychodynamic applications in social and health care, culture and society.

View Violence and Containment: A Psychosocial Approach to Physical and Psychological Violence on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Non-Psychodynamic Approaches to Practice
(15 CREDITS)

The aim of this module is to broaden your knowledge of alternative approaches to practice and further understand where psychodynamic thinking sits within the range. You will look at the underpinning ideas behind five different schools of thought and look at the relationships between them, so that you can improve your capacity to make informed choices about the most appropriate intervention for a particular case. You will also look at employability and career development so that you can extend your awareness of the labour market, current trends and routes into different professions within the sector.

View Non-Psychodynamic Approaches to Practice on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: OPTIONAL

Option(s) from list
(30 CREDITS)

COMPONENT 01: CORE

Counselling Skills for Therapeutic Work
(30 CREDITS)

This module will help you put psychodynamic theory into practice. You will learn skills and techniques used in counselling and how to apply these to working therapeutically with an individual child, adolescent, or adult. You will study written material relating to counselling skills and take part in workshop based learning to support your theoretical understanding.

View Counselling Skills for Therapeutic Work on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Dissertation
(30 CREDITS)

What interests you? Do you want to deepen your knowledge, build invaluable research skills and develop your academic freedom? Your dissertation lets you study a topic of your choosing, in depth, with supervision and guidance from our world-leading academics.

View Dissertation on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Reflective Practice and Professional Development
(15 CREDITS)

Reflective practice is the capacity to reflect on your actions so that you can learn from your experience. This module uses reflective practice techniques to help you develop the employability skills required in the social, education and health care sectors through the use of greater self-awareness in professional relationships. You will keep a reflective journal and attend reflective groups where you will discuss and consider any academic, personal or professional issues identified during your course or work placement. By looking at your personal reactions and responses to these, you will be able to link your theoretical learning more effectively in your practice.

View Reflective Practice and Professional Development on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Organisational Dynamics
(30 CREDITS)

This module aims to develop your understanding of both psychodynamic and systemic thinking about organisations. Alongside theoretical reading you will set up and conduct a weekly observation of an organisation which will be written up and presented in seminars for analysis using the concepts you have learned. You also participate in a 7 week group dynamics workshop.

View Organisational Dynamics on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Group Relations and Professional Life
(15 CREDITS)

What are the challenges faced by organisations in getting the best out of their teams and how can you operate within group dynamics? This module includes reflective practice groups and a three day residential Group Relations Conference. Here you will learn through experience about the complex world of group, organisational and social dynamics and gain a greater understanding of the key features of organisational life including roles, leadership, conflict and participation. You will also look at how conscious and unconscious factors impact effectiveness and influence the relationships between individuals and groups within the work place and large institutions.

View Group Relations and Professional Life on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Teaching takes place in relatively small seminars and fora, with a focus on group discussion
  • Discussion in seminars includes both discussing other peoples’ work and discussing your own experiences in the workplace
  • You also undertake supervised clinical practice, participate in skills based workshops, and teach others through presentation of theoretical readings and clinical cases

Assessment

  • Your grade is made up entirely of coursework marks, including essays and reflective reports

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£9,250

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

International fee

£17,700

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

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

Home/UK fees and funding information

International fees and funding information

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