Psychodynamics of Human Development (Postgraduate Diploma)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved
Applications for this course will open in September


Two years part-time


One evening a week

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This Postgraduate Diploma, provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. This includes recent research in child development and contemporary issues in psychodynamic or Jungian analytic theory.

The course is designed to provide professional and personal development for those working in settings such as community care, counselling, social services, primary care, mental health and education. It also gives a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamics of Human Development is taught jointly by Birkbeck and the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). Year 1 is taught at the BPF in Kilburn, North-West London.

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  • A valuable opportunity to combine the knowledge of practising clinicians from a leading psychotherapy training institution with the research expertise of an internationally recognised university department.
  • Infant observation component provides experiential learning that can be accredited for psychotherapy training.
  • Choose between psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic approaches.
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Course structure

    This programme considers the following aspects:

    • Psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory of the nature and development of mental life and key concepts used in clinical work.
    • Infant and child development through observation and weekly discussion seminars.
    • The application of psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory to the work setting.
    • Research methodology and critical analysis.
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