Personal Development

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
13 December 2019


Requisites for this module
PA210 and PA211



Key module for

DIPLC89A09 Psychodynamic Approaches,
DIPLC89A24 Psychodynamic Approaches,
MA C89D36 Psychodynamic Counselling (3 year)

Module description

This module provides students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate the personal capacities needed to take up the role of psychodynamic counsellor. It concentrates on the ability to reflect on their own experience as a key element in psychodynamic work. It gives them opportunities to take ownership of their own learning experience and to take responsibility for themselves as learners, members of a group and a potential clinician. It encourages the awareness of the conscious and unconscious elements in themselves and between them and others as a way of understanding all human relationships and interactions.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:
* To develop better understanding of ourselves as individuals, as learners and as members of a group
* To develop understanding of the role of the unconscious in individuals and in interactions between individuals
* To develop the capacity for reflective practice
* To understand the importance of reflective practice in the psychodynamic approach
* To develop the capacity for reflective practice in working with clients and in supervision as a psychodynamic practitioner
* To develop the qualities needed in a psychodynamic practitioner

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:
* reflect on your own experience
* reflect on your own learning journey
* use reflective thinking in the approach to clinical work
* use reflective thinking in the supervision relationship
* move into the clinical role effectively

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be seminars on the personal qualities required for ethical and effective counselling. Reflective groups will be held to develop self-awareness and the capacity to communicate feelings and experiences effectively. A seminar will be held to prepare for the reflective report. Tutorials will devote time to reflect on the student's learning journey. Observation seminars will help develop self-reflective capacities. A self-assessment report will be not be graded but will be discussed in a specific tutorial to explore readiness for placement.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mrs Susan Kegerreis, email:
Mrs S Kegerreis
Student Administrator 5A.202; Telephone 01206 873745; email



External examiner

Dr Anne Elizabeth Worthington
Middlesex University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


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