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A minimum of one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) experience of direct work with children and/or adolescents in a professional role and/or helping capacity in an organisational setting.
Prior completion of a psychodynamic counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level (Merit) or equivalent.
Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) or an equivalent international qualification, however, professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience are taken into consideration positively and may be accepted in place of a degree. We will request a short assignment from non-standard entrants.
Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
Months of entry
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.
Our MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents 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 course utilises group relations conferences as one way to explore the impact of group and organisational dynamics on individual behaviour and experience.
- 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.
Information for international students
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- part time36 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Student Advice Service
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