Psychodynamic Theory and Practice 2

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
24 August 2023


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 further theoretical and clinical seminars and workshops to deepen students' understanding of the theory and practice of psychodynamic counselling. The theory seminars extend the students' understanding of a range of typical client presentations, providing psychodynamic understanding of work with clients with a range of different symptoms/problems.

The workshops provide a more experiential and practical opportunity for learning. The clinical seminars help the students develop in their approach to clinical work, using the theoretical learning to deepen and broaden their expertise. They will develop further the student's ability to learn from the work of others, to bring creative clinical thinking to bear on a range of cases and to learn from the input of others to their own work.

Module aims

This module aims at helping students
1. To consolidate the students' capacity to operate as effective psychodynamic practitioners
2. To further extend the understanding of the clinical role in context
3. To provide further practical and theoretical support for clinical work on placement
4. To broaden and deepen understanding of client presentations
5. To broaden and deepen understanding of ways of working with them

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should have:
1. Deeper understanding of the professional role of counsellor
2. Greater confidence in taking up the role as an established practitioner
3. Familiarity with a wider range of client presentations
4. Consolidated familiarity and skill in a range of different techniques used in psychodynamic work

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Theory seminars consist of a lecture component followed by discussion. Students read ahead of the seminars so they can join in discussion and bring relevant examples from their clinical work. Sometimes students might be asked to present the theoretical topic themselves. Workshops are more experiential with role-plays, practical exercises and creative approaches to the topic of the week. In clinical seminars students will present detailed descriptions of their clinical work which will be discussed with the group.


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   Essay  16/04/2024  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
Available via Moodle
Of 91 hours, 82 (90.1%) hours available to students:
9 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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