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Course Overview

This course offers the opportunity to gain experience and in depth understanding of one conceptual model.   Participants will integrate the use of Psychodynamic skills with an understanding of theory, the process of practice and individual growth and personal development .  This is a practical , experiential course. Participants must be willing to fully engage with course content and take part in counselling skills practice. There will be a mixture of presentations, discussion, activity, readings and experiential work throughout.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Barbara Foad

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Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Historical beginnings of the psychodynamic approach. Overview of working with the individual, the couple, the group. Particular theories of psychodynamic working. Free association to linking and discovering meaning. Attachment, separation and the family. Genogram. The need for relationship. The Couple, their family, society. Developmental stages. Object relations to theory. Do we have a dynamic, unconscious inner world? Transference and countertransference. Thoughts, feelings, identity and belief systems. The need for defence systems and resistance. Mirroring, Splitting, introjections and projection. How the process of change can take place within an individual, a dyad, a group. The psychodynamic helping relationship/supervision and ethics.

Further Information & Notes

See Course Prospectus for class days and times.  You must contact the Programme Co-ordinator , Barbara Foad to register for a place. 
This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving Counselling  or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.
Class size is limited to 15. You must be able to attend the same class at the same time  over 10 weeks .There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 75% . If you miss more than two 3 Hr classes for any reason you cannot pass the course.

Your class may include part-time students of all ages.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 2000 word essay (25%), Weekly 400 word reflective log/journal writing (25%), Oral Practice (25%) and Oral Participation (25%).

To achieve credit for the course overall, a pass in each element is required.

Resit: Resubmission of essay. Candidates should note that a resit is not permitted of the learning log element of the course, practical elements of the course, oral participation and oral practice.

Formative Assessment

A reflective personal learning log, will be completed by all students and submitted to tutors after week 2 on a weekly basis. The log is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences of learning in the class, how they relate theory to practice and their own personal awareness, growth and development. Skills practice is included in each class. Tutors provide feedback on practical skills on a group or individual basis as appropriate in each of the 12 classes. Oral participation is assessed in the whole class group and with all class members.


Weekly: A reflective learning log will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course12 logs will be graded linked to the CAS and weighted at 50%of the overall course mark. Oral practice: Tutors give verbal feedback to the group and individuals in each of the 12 classes. Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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