Postgraduate Diploma/MA Foundation Course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Part One Qualifying Course in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (D58)
The aim of this course is to introduce you to a psychoanalytic way of thinking about your clinical work and to explore whether they may wish to pursue further training in psychotherapy. The course offers a Postgraduate Diploma or MA qualification, and comprises part one of a BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) accreditted training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
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This course is for mental health professionals, including: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other mental ehalth workers in the NHS or voluntary sector. Students from a non-clinical background can be considered if they have completed some introductory training and a psychiatric placement.
The course consists of following elements:
• personal psychotherapy
• supervised clinical work
• clinical seminar
• theory seminar
• three written assignments per year
• optional dissertation
The course is centred around your clinical work, where you will be seeing a patient for psychotherapy once a week in the NHS for a period of 18 months. If needed, suitable placements can be arranged through your course tutor. All staff teaching on the course are experienced practising psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Years One and Two
You will meet in a small supervision group with a supervisor on a weekly basis throughout the first two years (although sometimes this might continue in the third year if clinical work has not been completed). You will take it in turn to present detailed sessions of your work with the patient for psychotherapy. The focus is on developing the basic clinical skills of psychotherapy – maintaining the setting, understanding transference and countertransference, formulating interpretations, risk assessment and management, and appropriate record keeping.
You will meet in groups of 8-10 students with a clinical seminar leader - one in the first year and a second in year two. You will take it in turns to present your psychotherapy patient. The aim is to reinforce the clinical skills you learned in the supervision group but also to link the clinical material with theoretical ideas and to introduce the idea of clinical formulation.
Theory seminars take place weekly in a group of 20-25 students with a series of different seminar leaders. The aim is to introduce you to fundamental psychoanalytic concepts and texts, looking at these both historically and with reference to different theoretical traditions. There is reading to be undertaken prior to each seminar.
Workshops take place three times a term in a group of 20-25 students, and provide an opportunity for developing clinical skills or understanding through more active learning, e.g. role play and small groups.
You are required to be in personal psychotherapy at least once a week with a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered by the British Psychoanalytic Council, preferably beginning six months before the course starts and continuing at least until clinical work is completed. The cost of psychotherapy is not included in the course fee and is by private arrangement with the psychotherapist. The course tutor can help you find a suitable vacancy with a psychotherapist if required.
Three or four seminars are held in the autumn term of the third year to help you develop a dissertation proposal which is then submitted for approval. You will be required to work independently with a dissertation supervisor to write a dissertation over the spring term, usually based on your clinical work in the preceding years, for submission at the beginning of the summer term.
This course will:
• help you to gain a deeper understanding of your clinical work and dynamics in clinical settings through approaching these from a psychoanalytic point of view. This can be taken back to work situations and applied in a range of settings other than actual psychotherapy.
• provide you with an opportunity to explore whether you may wish to pursue further training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The course provides the first part of a unique training for work in the NHS and public sector, and reports a very high student satisfaction rating on teaching and student support.
In order to achieve the PG Certificate a student is required to submit and pass three pieces of written coursework, with three further pieces of assessed work to achieve the PG Diploma. A dissertaion is required for the MA award. Students are also required to receive satisfactory reports from their clinical supervisors in both years and on completion of the clinical work.
The taught course in the first two years takes place qt the Tavistock Centre on a Wednesday from 11.15 am to 4.45 pm. For those travelling longer distances or with difficulty taking time from work there are a limited number of places available for students to attend the course from 12.30 pm to 6.15/6.45 pm.
In addition, you need to allow time:
• to attend their own personal psychotherapy (at least once weekly)
• to see their patient for weekly psychotherapy
• for writing up clinical notes
• for reading and study
In the third year students writing a dissertation are required to attend 3 or 4 seminars in the autumn term and then work independently and with a dissertation supervisor meeting up to 3 times in the spring term. Some students may also need to complete clinical work in their third year and be required to continue attending clinical supervision for 1 1/4 hours on a Wednesday.
The course is normally two years part-time for a PG Diploma, and three years part-time for an MA. Students may be eligible for a PG Certificate after one year. Sometimes it is not possible to complete the clinical work within two academic years and this may need to continue in the third year.
Upon successful completion of this course you will be awarded an MA, accredited by the University of Essex. The following intermediate awards are also available:
• Postgraduate Diploma
The course is also acreditted by the British Psychoanalytic Council, as part 1 of a qualifying training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Potential applicants are expected to have:
• good honours degree or equivalent
• professional qualification in mental health OR
• significant clinical experience in mental health (at least one year paid) without professional qualification
Applicants from non-clinical backgrounds will usually be expected to have completed D12 and D65 alongside a minimum of a six month placement in a psychiatric setting.
The fees for UK students starting D58 in 2014 will be £3,700 per year.
Term commences on Monday 29 September 2014. If your course has a clinical element then please be advised that clinical work, clinical supervision and support will continue beyond the dates of the teaching term.
25 June 2014.
Late applications may be considered up to early September.
"D58 is an extremely well designed and well run course. The lecturers, supervisors and clinical seminar facilitators are excellent. Academic support, particularly Moodle, is extremely good."
"I work in a residential rehabilitation unit for people with mental health conditions. The course has helped me have a deeper understanding of mental distress and given me a framework within which to think about my own experience of working with these clients".
"My high expectations were met. I found the course to be interesting, useful, challenging, and enlivening, and those involved in running it, thoughtful, helpful and encouraging of, and open and responsive to, feedback."
"I think the course design is very much in tune with the current NHS."
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This course is run in partnership with:
• University of Essex, responsible for validation of the course and curriculum, assessment board and all academic aspects of the course
• British Psychoanalytic Council, responsible for the professional accreditation of the course, including the ethical framework and professional standards of all clinical aspects of the course
Other study locations
This course is also available in Manchester (D58M). Please be advised the D58M course is not university accredited.
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