This course focuses on the key theories and concepts underpinning the psychodynamic approach to counselling.
This course focuses on the key theories and concepts underpinning the psychodynamic approach to counselling. It examines psychodynamic theories of personality development, the nature of psychological distress and the conceptual basis for the psychodynamic approach to counselling practice. It explores psychodynamic skills and strategies and develops capacities for critical reflection and the evaluation of research.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/201819/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-16046
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This course focuses on the key theories and concepts underpinning the psychodynamic approach to counselling. The course should be of interest to practitioners who want to develop a model to understand human behaviour. Psychodynamic theory and practice provide invaluable insights into understanding and conceptualising behaviour and distress. The course examines psychodynamic theories of personality development, the nature of psychological distress and the conceptual basis for the psychodynamic approach to counselling practice.
This course provides the participant with a theoretical grounding in psychodynamic practice and provides skills and strategies to work psychodynamically. These theories and skills can be applied to understand and intervene with individuals, groups, families and organisational systems.
This course is aimed at practitioners working in a helping profession/capacity.
Linked programmesPgDip/MSc Counselling and Therapeutic Communication with Professional Practice, PgDip/MSc Counselling Studies and Therapeutic Communication, PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate Professional Development
100% Coursework - (1) a 1000 word critique of a recorded skills session with the objective of integrating skills and understandings of the approach from practical basis and (2) a case study of 2000 words (which will be provided), with the objective of applying theories and understandings of the approach to a hypothetical client.
This course requires attendance for six afternoon sessions from 2.15pm to 6.15pm on Tuesdays starting 12 March 2019 and finishing 16 April 2019.
Any undergraduate degree
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).
Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.
Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf
International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration
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ApplyHow to apply
The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses (choose postgraduate short courses)
- 12 March 2019
Fees and funding
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk