Taught course

Working in Education: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach (D1)

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: be currently working in an education setting and directly involved with pupils or students, for a minimum of one to two days a week (in a paid or voluntary capacity), and will be committed to continuing to work in an education setting for the duration of the course; have at least one year of prior experience (paid or voluntary) directly working with children and/or adolescents and/or families; demonstrate an interest in, and aptitude for, learning about emotional development, observation and psychoanalytic thinking; have a first degree, or the equivalent, or be able to demonstrate that they can meet the academic demands of the course; provide two references, one from an employer who can give an account of the candidate’s work in an education setting.

Months of entry


Course content

This course introduces the relevance of psychoanalytic ideas to education, explores emotional factors that help and hinder the learning relationship, and promotes well-being in schools.

The programme aims to improve effectiveness in working roles in education settings through the building of capacity for close observation, reflective teaching practice and a sound psychoanalytic framework for understanding the meaning of behaviour, and the dynamics of individual and group interactions. Some of the factors which interfere with impaired creativity and an inability to learn, including challenging behaviour and withdrawal, are explored so that academic attainment is optimized and teaching can be more effective.

This course is designed for you if you work in the field of education in any of the following roles, or in a related position:

  • teacher;
  • head of year;
  • headteacher;
  • special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO);
  • college tutor;
  • learning support assistant;
  • learning mentor;
  • educational psychologist;
  • school counsellor;
  • lecturer;
  • tutor;
  • adult trainer or coach.

Join us at a course specific Open Evening on the 12th May 2016 from 6.15pm- 7.30pm To register your place, please complete our online booking form.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Please see information on fees and funding for Tavistock and Portman students on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months

Course contact details

Rosa Akerman
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214