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
- 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
- Pre-clinical Programmes:
- Introduction to Counselling - 1 year part-time
- 1 year part-time
- Psychodynamic Practice (Graduate Certificate) - two terms part-time
- Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling (BA Hons) - 3 years full-time or 4 years part-time
- Psychodynamics of Human Development (MSc) - 2 years part-time (in partnership with the British Psychotherapy Foundation)
- Clinical Programmes
- Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy (MSc) - 3 years part-time
- Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (MSc) - 3 years part-time
- The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredits the following programmes:
- Graduate Diploma/MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- raduate Diploma/MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
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 18(10), pp.17-19.
- Fitzgerald, A., 2009. A psychoanalytic concept illustrated: will, must, may, can - revisiting the survival function of primitive omnipotence. International Journal of Infant Observation and Its Applications 12(1), pp.43-61.
- French, L. and Klein, R. eds., 2012. Therapeutic Practice in Schools: Working with the Child Within. London: Routledge.
- French, L. and Klein, R. eds., 2015. Therapeutic Practice in Schools Volume Two: The Contemporary Adolescent. London: Routledge.
- Frosh, S., 2012. A Brief Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory. London: 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. BAPPS Supervision Review, Winter Issue, pp.14-20.
- Spurling, L., 2017. An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling. 3rd ed. London: Palgrave.
- Spurling, L., 2015. The Psychodynamic Craft: How to Develop as a Psychodynamic Practitioner. London: Palgrave.
- Woodward, J., 2010. Internal state of emergency – working with an international student suffering from trauma in a university service. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy 16(3), pp.257-271.
Which Course is right for me?
“I have no previous experience and want to see whether counselling/psychotherapy is for me.”
"I want to study counselling/psychotherapy as part of a wider understanding of society."
“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.”
- Counselling and Counselling Skills (CertHE); or
- Psychodynamic Counselling and Organisational Dynamics (Cert HE); or
- Psychodynamics of Human Development (MSc); or
- Psychodynamic Practice (Graduate Certificate)
- Followed by: