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Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDip

Psychodynamic Psychotherapeutic Counselling PGDip

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis Counselling Skills (General)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Intro

Based on the idea that mental illness is to some extent the result of repressed negative experience, psychodynamic counselling aims to expose the contents of a client's unconscious to make him or her aware of any underlying psychological conflicts.

It prioritises the therapeutic relationship and draws from the work of psychoanalysts such as Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bion, as well as more contemporary thinkers such as Lacan, Bowlby, Kohut, Mitchell and Benjamin.

The postgraduate diploma teaches models of both long-and short-term counselling, the second of which is particularly relevant to NHS work and employee counselling schemes. It stresses the importance of developing counselling awareness through practice in workshops and provides a sound theoretical foundation to the psychodynamic approach.

The course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and therefore recognised as preparing students for work as a professional counsellor. The university is an organisational member of the BACP as well as the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UCPA).

Course structure

The courses are taught on a semester system with two semesters each year.

In addition to academic study, you will need to complete 100 hours of supervised counselling practice in an approved clinical practice agency, for example at the Rock Clinic or Sussex University counselling service.

You also need to undertake a course of personal therapy that lasts for the duration of the course, from October of year 1 to June of year 2, and we recommend that you factor in the cost of this therapy before your application.

Assessment consists of four essays and three case studies. You will also keep a professional log of your clinical work and maintain a personal journal.

Areas of study

The course contains four major elements: academic and professional studies, practical training, training supervision, and personal growth and development. A strong theoretical knowledge is of great importance and considerable weight is given to canonical writers. The seminars provide a broad overview of the reading material and invite you to reflect further on it.

Psychodynamic counsellors rely on their own feelings to help make sense of the moment-by-moment changes in client sessions. This process underlies the need for a certain level of self-awareness and maturity, hence why personal growth and development is the fourth key strand on the course. This is partly met through personal development groups and partly through your own counselling or therapy.

Careers

The postgraduate diploma has an excellent reputation in the locality and our students have gone on to hold counselling posts across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Others have progressed to further training or used their counselling skills in their existing professions.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

Personal Development Groups
Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling Theory: Human Growth and Development
Psychodynamic Counselling Workshops
Themes in Professional Practice
Psychodynamic Counselling Practice 1
Personal Development Groups
Psychodynamic Counselling Practice 2
Critical Perspectives in Psychodynamic Counselling
Research Methods for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£4,248

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£4,248

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

You should hold a degree or professional qualification. You also need to have successfully completed an accredited, externally assessed counselling skills course that: is at least level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills; involved at least 30 hours of face-to-face tuition at level 2 or level 3 (online courses are not acceptable) included both theory and practice took place within the last six years. Ideally, you will have gained some counselling experience through full- or part-time employment, or through voluntary or pastoral work. You also must have experience of working with people in a helping capacity and access to clients throughout the course.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offer over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. The University was awarded silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. The...more

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