Therapeutic Practice

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
10 November 2023


Requisites for this module
PA123 and PA125



Key module for

BA L333 Criminology with Counselling Skills,
BA L334 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Year Abroad),
BA L335 Criminology with Counselling Skills (Including Placement Year),
BA L332 Sociology with Counselling Skills

Module description

This module gives you an introduction to how depth psychological approaches are applied in contemporary psychotherapeutic work. It will help you understand the wide range of different applications – not only in theoretical orientation but also in the intensity of treatment, length of treatment and client age-group, in group, family and couple work as well as individual work, and in non-clinical settings. It will give you a sense of the psychotherapeutic landscape and the prospects for applying the learning from the degree in future.

It will also give further insight into the psychotherapeutic process

Module aims

By the end of the module you should have:
a grasp of the psychotherapeutic landscape in terms of:
• Orientation
• Intensity
• Short-term, time-limited and long-term work
• Age range and adaptations to different client groups
• Applications in non-clinical settings
• Different views of the psychotherapeutic process

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module you should have:
• Familiarity with the psychotherapeutic landscape in terms of practice orientation.
• Knowledge of the implications of a range of therapeutic intensities
• Knowledge of the implications and applications of working within different time-frames in therapeutic work
• Knowledge of the adaptations made to therapeutic work when focussing on different age-groups
• Knowledge of how therapeutic understanding can be applied in non-clinical settings

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a taught seminar/lecture followed by group discussion.


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   Formative essay    0% 
Coursework   Essay Plan    15% 
Coursework   Essay    85% 

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 Madeleine Wood, email: Room 5A.202



External examiner

Dr Angie Voela
University of East London
Available via Moodle
Of 18 hours, 18 (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), module, or event type.


Further information

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