Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

This course teaches you the essential knowledge and skills of psychodynamic counselling, with particular emphasis on its application to children and adolescents. It establishes an understanding of psychoanalytic-based theory and covers the technical processes of counselling children and adolescents, while developing the personal and professional awareness required for effective practice as defined by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Years 1 and 2 are classroom-based and incorporate individual work experience. A supervised placement in a counselling agency starts in year 2 and continues in year 3 with more intensive supervision. On successful completion of this course, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of the basic theoretical and practical principles of psychodynamic counselling and understand the institutional dynamics which affect the provision and practice of psychodynamic counselling.

Course modules

Year 1: The foundation year covers the psychoanalytic attitude and provides an introduction to basic psychoanalytic concepts and techniques and their application to children and adolescents. It gives an overview of individual development and psychosocial issues from this perspective and there is emphasis on understanding infancy, through mother/infant observation. Year 2 provides a deeper study of psychoanalytic theory and psychotherapeutic practice, including a counselling placement. There is an introduction to organisational theory. Year 3 is primarily a clinical year consisting of more intensive supervision in a counselling placement. Advanced seminars in counselling theory and technique and in organisational dynamics are related to the practice placement. A group relations week is also held in both years.

Assessment methods

Year 1: 2 termly essays, a 'take-away' examination and a student review. Year 2: Infant observation assessment, case study and student review. Year 3: Mid-year essay, final portfolio and student review.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 7,975 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2018 GBP 5,225 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 3 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Department of Psychosocial Studies
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