Psychodynamic Theory and Practice 1

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 13 December 2024
19 June 2024


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA C89D24 Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy,
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 theoretical seminars, workshops and clinical discussion groups. The theory seminars consolidate the understanding of issues facing clients and further reinforce the students' understanding of key psychodynamic concepts and symptomatic behaviour/presentations. The workshops will focus on particular areas of practice or understanding to supplement the theory seminars and to provide experiential learning about the issues under consideration.

The clinical seminars help you make further use of the theoretical readings in your placement work and in developing further your clinical role. The clinical seminars will further promote your ability to reflect on and learn about your own work using the observations of others, to learn from the work of others, and to bring creative clinical thinking to bear on a range of cases.

Overall the module aims to further students' understanding of the connections between theory and practice as they embark on their clinical work.

Module aims

The aims of this module are: 

  • To facilitate the taking up of the professional role of counsellor through linking theory to practice

  • To extend the understanding of the clinical role in context

  • To provide practical and theoretical support in approaching the challenges of placement

  • To broaden understanding of client presentations

  •  To broaden understanding of ways of working with clients

Module learning outcomes

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

  1. Have a deeper understanding of the professional role of counsellor

  2. Understand the basics of psychodynamic theory and its application to practice

  3. Have greater confidence in taking up the role

  4. Be familiar with a range of client presentations

  5. Be familiar with and develop skill in a range of different techniques used in psychodynamic work

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via: 

  • Theory seminars that will consist of lectures and discussions, sometimes led by student presentations.
  • Workshops that will be varied, with different methods such as discussion, role-play, audio-visual material to respond to and other experiential exercises
  • Clinical seminars will consist of presentation of client work by students which will then be discussed in the group.
  • On alternate weeks there will be shorter workshops followed by an experiential group.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Formative essay    0% 
Coursework   Essay    100% 

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
Prof Susan Kegerreis, email:
Professor Susan Kegerreis
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745; Email:



External examiner

Mr Mike Keating
Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy
Head of Training
Dr Nini Kerr
Available via Moodle
Of 138 hours, 126 (91.3%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
12 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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