Contemporary Therapeutic Practice

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
04 October 2018


Requisites for this module
PA123 and PA125 and PA403



Key module for

BA C890 Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies,
BA C89A Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA C89B Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA C89C Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Foundation Year)

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.


  • Kernberg, Otto F. (1999) 'Psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and supportive psychotherapy: Contemporary controversies.', in The International Journal of Psychoanalysis,. vol. 80 (6) , pp.1075-1091
  • Mitchell, Stephen A.; Black, Margaret J. (2016) Freud and beyond: a history of modern psychoanalytic thought, New York: Basic Books.
  • Nitsun, Morris. (1996) The anti-group: destructive forces in the group and their creative potential, London: Routledge.
  • Trevor Hartnup. (1999) 'The Therapeutic Setting: The People and the Place', in Handbook of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic Approaches: Routledge., pp.93-104
  • McMahon; Ward. (2003) 'Chapter 17: Applying the Therapeutic Community Model in Other Settings', in Therapeutic communities for children and young people, London: Jessica Kingsley. vol. 10
  • Ruszczynski, Stan. (1993) Psychotherapy with couples: theory and practice at the Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies, London: Karnac Books.
  • Kegerreis. (2010) 'Chapter 9: Understanding and Working with Groups', in Psychodynamic counselling with children and young people: an introduction, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Coren, Alex. (2010) Short-term psychotherapy: a psychodynamic approach, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Kegerreis, Sue. (2010) Psychodynamic Work with Families.
  • Sinason, Valerie. (1992) Mental handicap and the human condition: new approaches from the Tavistock, London: Free Association Books.
  • Coren, Alex. (2010) 'Chapter 3: Application of psychoanalytic theory and practice in contemporary time-limited therapies', in Short-term psychotherapy: a psychodynamic approach, New York: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.39-55
  • Malan, David H. (1995) Individual psychotherapy and the science of psychodynamics, Oxford: Butterworth.
  • Gray, Anne. (2014) An introduction to the therapeutic frame, New York: Routledge.
  • Kegerreis, Susan. (1986) 'Psychoanalytic Insight in the Classroom, Asset or Liability?', in Journal of Educational Therapy. vol. 1 (4) , pp.43-61
  • Roth, Anthony; Fonagy, Peter. (©2005) What works for whom?: a critical review of psychotherapy research, New York: Guilford Press.
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. (2018) The handbook of counselling children and young people, London: SAGE.
  • Rioch, Margaret J. (1970) 'The Work of Wilfred Bion on Groups', in Psychiatry. vol. 33, pp.479-484
  • Youell, Biddy; Canham, Hamish; Tavistock Clinic. (2006) The learning relationship: psychoanalytic thinking in education, London: Karnac.
  • Carpy, D. (1989) 'Tolerating the countertransference: a mutative process', in The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis. vol. 70, pp.871-884
  • Harry Guntrip. (1968) 'Object Relations Theory and Psychotherapy: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship', in Schizoid phenomena, object-relations, and the self, London: Hogarth Press. vol. no. 77
  • Terry, P. M. (2008) Counselling and psychotherapy with older people: a psychodynamic approach, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Temperley, J. (no date) The Implications for Social Work Practice of Recent Psychoanalytical Developments.
  • Greene, V. (2009) 'Chapter 11: Individual psychotherapy: assessment, intensive and non-intensive work', in The handbook of child and adolescent psychotherapy: psychoanalytic approaches, ©2009: Routledge., pp.175-190
  • Yalom, Irvin D.; Leszcz, Molyn. (2005) The theory and practice of group psychotherapy, New York: Basic Books.
  • Rowan, John; Jacobs, Michael. (2002) The therapist's use of self, Philadelphia: Open University Press.
  • Meltzer, Donald; Harris Meltzer Trust. (2008) The psycho-analytical process, London: Published for the Harris Meltzer Trust by Karnac. vol. no. 1

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 Weighting
Coursework Essay 1 17/02/2020
Coursework Essay 2 27/04/2020

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
From Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Student Administrator 01206 874969



External examiner

Prof Barry Richards
Bournemouth University
Professor of Political Psychology
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (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).


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