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Psychodynamic Counselling: an introduction to essential theory


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Psychodynamic Counselling: an Introduction to Essential Theory gives you the opportunity to explore the nineteenth-century psychoanalytic roots of contemporary psychodynamic therapy. We will look at the lives and contributions of the main thinkers, situating the theories within their historic frame of reference. By considering clinical case material you will be invited to compare the experience of Freud’s patients with the needs and expectations of twenty-first-century clients.

This thought-provoking and intellectually stimulating course draws on art, literature, music and film as a means of situating psychoanalytic theory within its social and cultural context.

There are no formal entry requirements for this 30-hour course. It can be taken alone or alongside any of our short courses in: Counselling and Psychosocial Perspectives; and Introduction to Counselling. The three courses can be taken in any order.

This course is non-credit bearing, so carries no credit points.

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. 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 register 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.