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Basic Psychodynamic Skills & Principles/Techniques of Practice


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Assessment: a 5000-word case study (100%)

Module description

This module teaches you the basic principles of psychodynamic practice, basic clinical skills and techniques, both in College and on clinical placement. You will also learn about the ethics of professional and clinical practice.

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will have:

  • a high capacity to understand and use psychoanalytic and psychodynamic principles to increase knowledge of both theory and practice, of personality development, of the inner and outer worlds of the client and of the institutional and group influences on personal development
  • skills in thinking psychodynamically about counselling/therapy issues, and making professional communications about counselling/therapy work
  • skills and principles of practice in counselling/psychotherapy work with clients in clinical placement
  • the capacity for professional and ethical thinking in counselling/therapy.