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Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychosocial Studies

This exciting and thought-provoking new Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychosocial Studies short course introduces two core ideas: psychic and social reality. On the course you will reflect on the concept of identity, considering the self as the locus for the intersection of the psychic and the social through an exploration of the way in which gender, race and class are constructed and experienced.

This is an inspiring and illuminating programme of study in which you will explore theories from psychoanalysis, feminism, post-colonial, critical and queer theory as you consider the role that power plays in maintaining social formations and inequalities. 

You will be taught through a mixed programme of lectures, readings and group discussion.

Watch our short Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychosocial Studies video to find out more.

There are no formal entry requirements for this 20-hour non-assessed course. You are not expected to have any prior knowledge or experience of psychodynamic counselling or psychosocial studies to join this course, only a keen desire to learn more.

The course can be taken alone or alongside any of the other short courses: Introduction to Counselling; Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling; Basic Psychodynamic Counselling Skills. The four courses can be taken in any order.

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychosocial Studies takes place at Birkbeck, University of London, on more than one occasion during the year. Please see below for details.

For queries or waiting list enquiries please email psychosocial-studies@bbk.ac.uk

This module is non-accredited and carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months' duration.
    • Courses of less than six months' duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: Thu 16-Jan-20 10.30am-12.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPA115N0AAA

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First class: Thu 30-Apr-20 10.30am-12.30pm

Class location Central London
Class code SSPA115N0ACC

This class has already started. You can no longer enrol on this class.