Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, this part-time, day-time 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. You will have developed your ability to work as a psychodynamic counsellor at an appropriate professional standard with children and adolescents. You will also understand, and know how to use, psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles to increase knowledge of both theory and practice, of personality development, of the inner and outer worlds of the child and adolescent, and of the institutional and group influences on personal development. You will possess high-level skills for thinking psychodynamically about counselling issues, and making professional communications about counselling work, and display a capacity for self-reflection, especially knowledge of your inner world and how it impacts on counselling work, and your role in groups and institutions.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
Emphasis on how organisations and groups function, which will enable you to understand and manage professional settings and relationships. In-depth psychodynamic study of childhood and adolescence developmental issues. Accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Attracts people from a range of backgrounds, including educational, medical, field and residential social work, youth work and voluntary agencies. You will have access to both the Birkbeck Library and Senate House Library. All postgraduates at Birkbeck benefit from a wide range of advantages related to the central location of the College, its varied and rich postgraduate life and the diversity of overlapping Master’s programmes. If required, you have access to courses on study skills offered by the College.
Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
'I have worked as a Psychiatric Nurse and Team Leader since 2002 at Broadmoor Hospital, Mental Health Trust. After studying for a work-based diploma in conjunction with Birkbeck, I was inspired to take the Master's in Pyschodynamic Counselling.
'Although I chose to study a different method of treatment from the one we use at work, the course was extremely useful. Broadmoor realised this and kindly helped fund my third year.
'Now I feel I can support my staff more and that I have a better understanding of people in general. The course also helped me understand the dynamics of the organisation too. You need a lot of emotional resilience to do my job and this Master's was a great voyage of self-discovery and really improved my confidence. Self-directed work was challenging but it was brilliant because it helps you to discover your potential and develop where necessary.
'I had always wanted to study psychology at university, but it was too expensive; so in Jamaica I trained as a nurse instead. Although I took a different path, I have ended up where I always wanted to be. My workmates knew how much I enjoyed my Master's and were worried that I would quit; but I love my job and am now even more motivated to help people.'
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Bursary
Applications are invited for one 'Postgraduate Taught' Bursary worth £6,000, to be awarded to a candidate with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School's 'Postgraduate Taught' programmes.This competition is open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for either a full-time or part-time MA/MSc place in the departments listed below; the competition is also open to students who are applying to the Department of Philosophy and the degree of M.Phil. Stud. Philosophy.This £6,000 award is in the form of a bursary (i.e., there is no 'fee waiver' but the bursary may be used towards payment of fees). If awarded to a part-time student, the bursary will be paid for two years of PGT study.Please note that in order to apply for funding you must also complete an application for a place at Birkbeck on an MA/MSc programme within the School of SSHP or the MPhil. Stud. in the Department of Philosophy, either before or at the same time as applying for funding.Prospective studentsCandidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
Value of Scholarship(s)
This competition is open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for either a full-time or part-time MA/MSc place in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy; the competition is also open to students who are applying to the Department of Philosophy and the degree of M.Phil. Stud. Philosophy.This competition is open to new students only
Before you apply, you should contact the relevant department for advice.
Once you have identified a relevant programme, you will need to:
Apply online for the relevant MA/MSc or MPhil. Stud. (Dept. of Philosophy) degree in the normal way
Download the SSHP Postgraduate Taught Bursary Application Form Word icon
The SSHP Studentship application form should be returned to Jane Halstead, Assistant School Manager, via the following email address:
Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time)
We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16 Domiciled in the UK/EU Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time
If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:
Submit an application for your intended course Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme
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.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 5225 pa Part-time overseas students: £ 7975 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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