Non-Psychodynamic Approaches to Practice

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
13 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

Overall this module aims to extend the student’s awareness of their place within the field of professional therapeutic care and practice, developing knowledge of alternative approaches and extending their awareness about employability and career development in this sector.

This module will introduce students to ways of approaching their own employability. Students will initially reflect upon their current career position and explore their future career goals through the lens of psychoanalytic theory, motivational psychology and positive psychology. In addition to a reflective and theoretical approach to understanding employability, students will also adopt a pragmatic approach by directly engaging with a range of different professionals relevant to their degree subject. To complement a growing orientation to the world of work, students will learn about the wider context of the graduate labour market, in particular statistics, trends and routes into different professions.

The latter half of the module broadens student’s awareness of alternative therapeutic interventions. As such it covers a range of modern theories and applications to therapeutic practice other than psychodynamic. It will provide basic underpinning ideas and orientation to enable students to be more professionally aware of the field in which they practice and it will support their capacity to understand, communicate and work effectively with other professionals. Students will read about 5 different approaches and hear presentations about their underpinning theory and how this is expressed in practice.

Module aims

The aims of the module are:

  • To encourage students to consider their own career development

  • To examine the current and classic employability theory and research, and how this links conceptually with psychoanalytic and psychological approaches to wider citizenship and human development

  • To gain a deeper understanding of the graduate labour market and how to skilfully navigate a path through it

  • To critically reflect upon how theory, practical knowledge and experience informs career and self-development

  • To bring to students the awareness of other orientations to facilitate constructive relationships with other services

  • To enable students to understand where psychodynamic thinking is situated in a wider range of approaches

  • To lay the foundations for students to be able to make informed judgements as to what is the most appropriate intervention in particular cases

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Discuss how psychoanalytic, psychological and vocational theory relates to employability.

  2. Discuss sections of the graduate labour market that are relevant to a career of interest

  3. Reflect on theory, job market knowledge and self to inform career choice

  4. Understand and discuss non-psychodynamic therapeutic approaches

  5. Acknowledge the relationships between psychodynamic and other methodological approaches

  6. Have sufficient knowledge and respect of other orientations to support constructive professional networking

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Ten x two hour sessions (mixture of lectures, seminars, presentations and panels)
  • Weekly office hour during the Autumn term (no appointment necessary)


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   Career Research Project    45% 
Coursework   Essay    55% 

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
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Coursework Exam
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Deborah Wright, email:
PPS staff, E&CC staff
Student Administrator Room 5A.202, telephone 01206 874969; email



External examiner

Dr Anthony John Faramelli
Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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