Professional Development 1

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
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 promote the student's development as a psychodynamic practitioner on placement, using the learning from the rest of the course and building on the clinical seminars throughout the year. As such it is at the core of the course, focussing on the students' developing professional identity and counselling skill.

Seminars consist of students taking it in turns to present detailed accounts of their clinical work, which will be discussed by the group and the tutor. This will allow deeper understanding of the client and the counselling relationship, and for the extension and refinement of students' psychodynamic techniques.

The student will be working with approximately 3 clients each week, receiving weekly supervision, as a minimum, from an external supervisor. A pass or fail grading will be provided by the supervisor, but in addition the learning from the module will be assessed by means of a detailed case study based on the placement experience.

Module aims

This module aims at helping students:
1. To develop the ability to use psychodynamic theory and insight in professional practice
2. To develop understanding of the role of psychodynamic counsellor in context
3. To develop a professional approach to practice
4. To develop the ability to make thoughtful use of supervision
5. To develop the skills and techniques used in professional psychodynamic practice

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:
* use psychodynamic theory in practice
* inhabit the role of psychodynamic counsellor effectively
* demonstrate a professional attitude in practice on placement
* demonstrate thoughtful use of supervision
* use personal therapy to inform and deepen practice

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning for this module is primarily from the placement experience. Term 3 provides a continuation of this to the end of the year to support the professional development of the student while on placement. A learning journal will be kept, including a log of clinical work.


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 Coursework weighting
Coursework   Letters and report portfolio  01/03/2024  10% 
Coursework   Case study  23/05/2024  90% 
Practical   Supervisor's Report     

Additional coursework information

Assessment includes a Supervisor's report which is assessed on a Pass or Fail basis.

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
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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 80 hours, 70 (87.5%) hours available to students:
8 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
2 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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