Applications of Research to Psychodynamic Practice

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 22 April 2024
Friday 28 June 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 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.


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  22/05/2024  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 23 hours, 18 (78.3%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
3 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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