Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents

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 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. By the end of the course you will have the ability to work as a psychodynamic counsellor at an appropriate professional standard with children and adolescents. You will understand, and know how to use, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles to increase knowledge of both theory and practice, of personality development, of the inner and outer worlds of the child and adolescent, 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 for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the British Psychoanalytic Council. - Attracts people from a range of backgrounds, including educational, medical, field and residential social work, youth work and voluntary agencies.

Entry requirements

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 with children/adolescents. Prior completion of a basic counselling course at certificate level is desirable.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Year 1: two 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 2019 8,925 per Year 1 (International) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,775 per Year 1 (England) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,775 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 Years
MSc Part-time October 2019 5,775 per Year 1 (Scotland) 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 (Wales) 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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