It will provide a route into a professional counselling qualification for a range of professionals and for graduates from other related degree courses. You will learn psychodynamic theory as it relates both to individuals and organisations, psychodynamic observation skills, counselling skills and personality development. You will also be helped to develop personally to become a reflective practitioner, and be introduced to counselling contexts so as to be ready to take up a clinical placement.
Why study Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Approaches at Essex?
Our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
We enjoy an outstanding reputation for research and have consistently achieved the highest rating in the UK's most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), in December 2008. Being located within the UK’s leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in their fields.
If you are studying within our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.
In addition, our strong connections to the local NHS and other organisations facilitate placements and institutional observations for our students.
International Student Requirements:
If English is not your first language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.