Taught course

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · Psychosocial Studies
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Second-class honours degree in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification; non-graduates with academic and professional experience will be considered.

Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component.

Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent.

Months of entry

October

Course content

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 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.

Read about how you can become a professional counsellor or psychotherapist.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with no less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44(0) 20 3907 0700