PA221-6-FY-CO:
Personal Development

The details
2023/24
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
15
24 August 2023

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
PA210 and PA211
(none)
(none)

 

PA257

Key module for

DIPLC89A09 Psychodynamic Approaches,
DIPLC89A24 Psychodynamic Approaches,
MA C89D36 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (3 year),
MA C89D48 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (4 year),
MA C89DFD Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (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

Key Skills
• capacity to take up a professional role
• ability to communicate feelings and experiences effectively
• reflective capacity
• self-awareness
• interpersonal communication

Employability Skills
• capacity to take up a professional role
• ability to communicate feelings and experiences effectively
• reflective capacity
• self-awareness
• interpersonal communication

Module information

For those aiming to progress into year 2 of the MA Psychodynamic Counselling, there is an expectation that students will enter their own psychodynamic/psychoanalytic personal therapy by the beginning of the Summer Term at the latest. This will provide a further arena for personal development. Please consult the handbook for details on the choice of therapist/counsellor.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be seminars – formally situated within PA 215, on the personal qualities required for ethical and effective counselling. Reflective groups will be held - formally situated within other modules - to develop self-awareness and the capacity to communicate feelings and experiences effectively. The group relations event has its own assessment attached as part of PA 257, but it is a further occasion for personal learning which might be considered in the reflective report. 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 in PA216 will help develop self-reflective capacities. Learning log Students are expected to keep a learning log in which they keep a record of important learning moments during the course. These could be moments of theoretical, personal or professional insight, or experiences of theoretical, personal or professional frustration and difficulty. The log is private and will not be assessed, but tutors reserve the right to request evidence that the log has been kept and that entries have been made. Students should aim to make an entry at least once every week.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non - essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reflective Report  23/05/2024  100% 

Additional coursework information

Assessment is made up of two components: The Coursework assignment is a 3000 word refective report. In addition, a readiness for practice assessment will take place during the Summer term. Readiness for practice is not graded but is assessed on a Pass or Fail based on the readiness for clinical work and the capacity to adhere to the ethical framework. The assessment will consist of role play counselling practice, a reflective self-report and a dedicated tutorial/interview.

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%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Susan Kegerreis, email: skeger@essex.ac.uk.
Professor Susan Kegerreis
Student Administrator 5A.202; Telephone 01206 873745; email ppspgt@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Mr Mike Keating
Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy
Head of Training
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 16 hours, 3 (18.8%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
11 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

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