Birkbeck, University of London
Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations. Psychodynamic counselling offers a model for understanding the human personality and how it develops, our network of relationships and how we interact with others, how psychological problems may originate and the repetitive patterns that maintain them, and how personal change takes place. This part-time, daytime course establishes an understanding of psychoanalytic-based theory and covers the technical processes of counselling, while developing the personal and professional awareness required for effective practice as defined by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. By the end of the course, you will have the ability to work as a psychodynamic counsellor at an appropriate professional standard. You will understand, and know how to use, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles to increase knowledge of theory and practice, of personality development, and of the institutional and group influences on personal development. You will possess high-level skills in thinking psychodynamically about counselling issues, and making professional communications about counselling work, and display a capacity for self-reflection, especially knowledge of your inner world and how it impacts on counselling work, and your role in groups and institutions. This programme utilises group relations conferences as one way to explore the impact of group and organisational dynamics on individual behaviour and experience. Highlights - Counselling courses have been running at Birkbeck for over 40 years and have built up a reputation among employers for their high quality. - Emphasis on how organisations and groups function, which will enable you to understand and manage professional settings and relationships. - Accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Psychoanalytical Council. - Attracts people from a range of backgrounds, including educational, medical, field and residential social work, youth work and voluntary agencies.
MSc: Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component. Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.
Year 1: two theoretical essays (total 5500 words), a take-away examination (3000 words) and student review (assessment of professional development). Year 2: two theoretical essays (total 5500 words), a case study (5000 words) and student review. Year 3: two theoretical/clinical essays (total 10,000 words), a case study (5000 words) and student review.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||5,775 per Year 1 (England)||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||5,775 per Year 1 (Wales)||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||5,775 per Year 1 (Scotland)||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||8,925 per Year 1 (International)||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||5,775 per Year 1 (EU)||3 Years|
|MSc||Part-time||October 2019||5,775 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland)||3 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Bloomsbury Campus||WC1E 7HX||London|
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