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Counselling and Psychotherapy courses at Birkbeck (CPB)

CPB is a cluster of courses which offers:

  • trainings in counselling and psychotherapy
  • courses in applying psychoanalytic ideas to work settings, organisations and human development

Background information

  • First counselling training established in 1972
  • Located in a prestigious academic department
  • Excellent reputation with employers
  • Study of group and organisational dynamics alongside clinical practice
  • Distinctive multidisciplinary psychosocial perspective
  • Pre-clinical and clinical courses
  • Specialist trainings in Child and Adolescent Counselling/Psychotherapy
  • Day time and evening courses

List of programmes

Accrediting organisations

Teaching Staff

    • Teachers  are senior and experienced clinicians
    • Teachers are research-active

Selection of recent publications by staff

    • Baker, J (2014) “Sibling Relationships at Work” Psychodynamic Practice 20:1, pp. 28-39
    • Carswell, C (2008) “On Struggle, Study and Success”, Therapy Today
    • Fitzgerald, A  (2009) “A psychoanalytic concept illustrated: will, must, may, can - revisiting the survival function of primitive omnipotence”  International Journal of Infant Observation (vol 12 :1)
    • French, L (2012), editor (with Klein R) Therapeutic Practice in Schools Volume 1: Working with the Child Within Routledge
    • Frosh, S (2012) A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory, Palgrave
    • Green, V (2013) “Grief in two Guises”, Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 39:1, pp.76-89
    • Richards, D (2011) “Encounters across the Divide: gender dynamics in group supervision of work with older adults” Journal of the British Association of Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Supervision
    • Smith, J (2014) “Focusing on Reflections: Mentalization and Mirroring in Brief Dynamic Therapy”, British Journal of Psychotherapy, 30:2, pp.212-228
    • Spurling, L (2008) An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling (2nd edition), Palgrave
    • Spurling L (2012) “Characters in interpersonal and psychoanalytic therapy: a comparison”, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 26:3, pp.230-244
    • Woodward, J (2010) “Internal state of emergency – working with an international student suffering from trauma in a university service”, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy vol.16 no.3

Which Course is right for me?

“I have no previous experience and want to see whether counselling/psychotherapy is for me”

“I  want a course that will teach me a variety of counselling/therapeutic approaches”

“I am interested in learning to apply psychoanalytic ideas to work settings and organisations”

“I want to understand human development”

“I want to train as a psychodynamic counsellor or psychotherapist”

“I want to train to work with Children, Adolescents and their families”

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