Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, this course teaches you the essential knowledge and skills of psychodynamic counselling, with particular emphasis on its application to children and adolescents. It establishes an understanding of psychoanalytic'based theory and covers the technical processes of counselling children and adolescents, while developing the personal and professional awareness required for effective practice as defined by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Years 1 and 2 are classroom'based and incorporate individual work experience. A supervised placement in a counselling agency starts in year 2 and continues in year 3 with more intensive supervision. On successful completion of this course, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of the basic theoretical and practical principles of psychodynamic counselling and understand the institutional dynamics which affect the provision and practice of psychodynamic counselling.

Course Modules

Year 1 compulsory modules: Basic clinical and observational skills (children and adolescents); introduction to theoretical and organizational concepts (children and adolescents); year 2 compulsory modules: Basic psychodynamic and organizational theory, skills and principles of practice (children and adolescents); basic psychodynamic competencies and professional attitude (children and adolescents); development of professional attitude (children and adolescents); year 3 compulsory modules: Advanced observation skills infant observation children and adolescents; advanced psychodynamic and organizational theory (children and adolescents); advanced psychodynamic competencies and professional attitude (children and adolescents); advanced psychodynamic skills and principles/techniques of practice (children and adolescents).

Course Additional Entry

Second Class Honours degree in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification; non'graduates with academic and professional experience may be considered. Work with children/adolescents. Prior completion of a basic counselling course at certificate level is desirable. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc (Postgraduate) £7,050  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Part Time Day
MSc (Postgraduate) £4,975  Academic year. First year home fees