Different Approaches

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
13 December 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

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

Module description

This module broadens the range of interventions familiar to the students. It covers other applications of psychodynamic thinking, in family, group and shorter-term work, and then introduces the students to other orientations in work with children and adolescents. It will not provide sufficient grounding in these other approaches for the students to be proficient in them, but will provide enough for the students to understand the basic ideas underpinning them so they can have a respectful awareness of where psychodynamic thinking sits in the wider range of potential interventions. The module also covers assessment, so that the students can be alert to issues informing choice of treatment.

Module aims

• To enable students to use their psychodynamic understanding in flexible ways
• To enable students to understand how their psychodynamic thinking can help them work with groups, parents and others
• To make students aware of how their psychodynamic understanding can be adapted to short and very short term work as well as longer term counselling
• 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 the module you should be able to:
• apply psychodynamic understanding flexibly to different interventions
• use psychodynamic thinking in relation to groups, families, parents and others
• adapt psychodynamic work to short and very short-term models
• have sufficient knowledge of them to have constructive connections with other colleagues and services
• understand where psychodynamic thinking is situated in a wider range of approaches
• understand the assessment task and of issues of choice of treatment and treatment of choice

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be lectures and presentations in the theory seminars, some from course staff and others from visiting experts in different approaches. Workshops will be used in a flexible way to practise and gain experiential awareness of key issues in other approaches.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the 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
Mr Rodrigo Sanchez Escandon, email:
Sue Kegerreis
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745 Email:



External examiner

Dr Anne Elizabeth Worthington
Middlesex University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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