Personal Development

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
20 September 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 you with the opportunity to develop and consolidate the personal capacities to take up the role of psychodynamic practitioner. It concentrates on the ability to reflect on your own experience as a key element in psychodynamic work. It gives you opportunities to take ownership of your own learning experience and to take responsibility for yourself as a learner, a member of the course group, a member of the staff in the placement and a clinician. It encourages further and deeper awareness of the conscious and unconscious elements in ourselves and between ourselves and others that provide the background to all human relationships and interactions.

Module aims

This module aims at helping students:
* To develop better understanding of ourselves as individuals, as learners, as clinicians and as members of a group and a team
* To develop further understanding of the role of the unconscious in individuals and in interactions between individuals
* To develop and consolidate the capacity for reflective practice
* To use reflective practice in working with clients and in supervision as a psychodynamic practitioner
* To consolidate the personal capacities and values required in professional clinical practice

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:
* reflect on your own experience
* reflect on your own clinical learning journey
* use reflective thinking in clinical work
* reflect on group and organisational dynamics and your participation in them
* use reflective thinking in the supervision relationship

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There is no specific reading for this module as it draws on material from other modules. However, students are encouraged to consult the BACP ethical framework for guidance on personal qualities and values required in counselling.

Tutorials will devote time to reflect on your learning journey and observation seminars will help develop self-reflective capacities. 

Students will gain group relations experience, to study group and inter-group behaviour, to learn about the roles you take up in groups, the effect on you of group behaviour and the effect of your behaviour on the groups you are in.

Experiential groups and tutorials will be held regularly in the Autumn and Spring terms to prepare you for the reflective report.


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  07/05/2024  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
Dr Ann Addison, email:
Dr Ann Addison
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745; Email:



External examiner

Mr Mike Keating
Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy
Head of Training
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 5 (20.8%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
13 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information

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