Therapeutic Practice and Responsibility: Statutory Frameworks

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Tuesday 22 April 2025
Friday 27 June 2025
12 June 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA C847CO Psychodynamic Practice,
BA C848CO Psychodynamic Practice (Including Foundation Year),
BA C849CO Psychodynamic Practice (Including Year Abroad),
BA C850CO Psychodynamic Practice (Including Placement Year)

Module description

In this module you will be reading a range of texts concerned with policy, ethics and professional conduct in the workplace. It is important to give equal weight to ethical matters alongside clinical and theoretical matters, and to familiarise yourselves with the wider responsibilities you have towards your organisation, your discipline, and particularly towards your clients and yourselves as professions.

You will be exploring a range of policy, ethical and conduct issues emerging from the readings in order to begin preparing for a professional career in health education and social care. These issues will be placed within a professional context using examples made available to you in your readings, on the Moodle and from your own experience.

In addition, you will also be considering how a psychodynamic perspective sheds light on the emotional processes involved in dealing with human beings who may be in care, in crisis and under duress. You will be asking questions about why the processes and procedures that organisations and agencies set up in order to safeguard and protect individuals sometimes appear to fail. Are the policies and regulatory guidance and procedures we use guaranteed to ensure clients and staff are kept safe, and organisations are effectively run? What are the processed involved when regulated areas of our work falter or spiral beyond control and what can the individual professional do to support more effective practice in these circumstances?

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To inform students about the frameworks around therapeutic work and to facilitate responsible practice

  • To focus students' attention on areas of professional conduct and ethical considerations and debates, with a psychodynamic understanding of the issues and dynamics involved

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Be informed about the statutory and ethical frameworks within which therapeutic work takes place

  2. Have learned to give equal weight to ethical matters alongside clinical and theoretical matters

  3. Have been familiarised with their wider responsibilities towards their organisation, their discipline, their clients and themselves

  4. Develop further understanding of and the application of codes of professional conduct; ethical responsibilities and socio-political norms and mores

  5. Have learned to apply psychodynamic understanding to the wider context of their work

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Nine seminars of 2 hours each
  • The first hour of seminars will introduce the topics with discussion groups to follow in the second hour
  • Structured debates and workshops will take place where appropriate
  • Independent Learning
  • During this module successful students are expected to complete at least 15hrs of non-seminar additional study for this module. This amounts to at least 3hrs additional study per week
  • The set readings which you must read to prepare for seminars are laid out in the weekly structure but we recommend a number of full texts that you should consult more fully.


The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Factual Quiz    20% 
Coursework   Essay    80% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ebenezer Cudjoe, email: 01206 874969 Room 5A.202,



External examiner

Dr Anthony John Faramelli
Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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