Applications of Research to Psychodynamic Practice

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 20 April 2020
Friday 26 June 2020
21 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA C89D24 Psychodynamic Counselling,
MA C89D36 Psychodynamic Counselling (3 year)

Module description

This module aims to familiarise students with a basic understanding of research as applied to psychodynamic counselling. It will introduce them to qualitative and quantitative research methods and assist them in using routine outcome measures in their clinical work. Students will read key research texts that illuminate the possibilities and complexities of psychodynamic practice research. They will learn how to read and assess the research literature and be able to develop a research-mindedness in their approach to their work.

Module aims

This module aims at helping you:
• Develop research-mindedness in your approach to psychodynamic
• Use past research in your thinking and work
• Engage constructively in the debates about research in practice
• Develop the capacity to approach research with critical awareness and understanding
• Be encouraged towards future research in their career development

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will have:
* Awareness of and some understanding of qualitative and quantitative research studies
* Awareness of and some understanding of the use of outcome measures in psychodynamic work
* Awareness of the complexities around psychodynamic research
* Ability to assess critically the research literature
* Awareness of the possibilities for future research

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

Key texts in the research literature will be studied and discussed in the seminars. Research experiences and practices will be studied in the workshops, with opportunities to explore techniques/measures and consider clinical applications.


  • Greenhalgh, Trisha. (©2010, 2014) How to read a paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Inc.
  • Odhammar, Fredrik; Sundin, Eva C.; Jonson, Mattias; Carlberg, Gunnar. (2011) 'Children in psychodynamic psychotherapy: Changes in global functioning', in Journal of Child Psychotherapy. vol. 37 (3) , pp.261-279
  • Fitzpatrick, Marilyn. (2012) 'Blurring practice–research boundaries using progress monitoring: A personal introduction to this issue of Canadian Psychology', in Canadian Psychology. (2) , pp.75-81
  • Jonathan Shedler. (2015) 'What is the evidence for 'evidence-based' therapy?', in The Journal of Psychological Therapies in Primary Care. vol. 4, pp.47-59
  • Jonathan Shedler. (2010) 'The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy', in American Psychologist. vol. 65 (2) , pp.98-109
  • (2015) Qualitative psychology: a practical guide to research methods, London: SAGE.
  • Luca, Maria. (2011) 'A qualitative study of psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapists’ conceptualisations of medically unexplained symptoms in their clients', in Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. vol. 11 (4) , pp.291-299
  • Nick Midgley. (2017) 'Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: an updated narrative review of the evidence base', in Journal of Child Psychotherapy. vol. 43, pp.307-329
  • Michael Rustin. (2009) 'What do child psychotherapists know?', in Child psychotherapy and research: new approaches, emerging findings, Hove: Routledge., pp.35-44
  • Cooper M. (2008) 'The facts are friendly', in Therapy Today. vol. 19 (7) , pp.8-13

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 Weighting
Coursework   Essay    100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


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



External examiner

Dr Anne Elizabeth Worthington
Middlesex University
Senior Lecturer
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