Psychodynamic counselling is based on the belief that the past influences the present in ways that we are not always aware of. A psychodynamic counsellor will strive to help clients recognise the possible source of some of their issues such as unhelpful relationships patterns. Another important aspect of psychodynamic work is the way various feelings such as anxiety are being managed.
Psychodynamic counselling tends to offer an experience that is different from the one that is expected.
This two-year diploma qualifies you to practise, in public or private practice. You will also be equipped to open your own private practice.
Aims and Objectives:
Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.
|Study Type:||Full Time|
|Academic Level:||Level 5|
|Award:||Diploma in Higher Education|
|Awarded by:||University of Greenwich. Accredited by BACP.|
Full Time two year course.
|UCAS Course Code||C848|
|UCAS Abbreviated Title||DipHE/PsCo|
|UCAS Institutional Code||NESCT N49|
If your paid or voluntary role involves counselling people and you want to develop your competence and/or progress to becoming a professional counsellor, this course is designed to meet your personal and professional needs.
The course will provide you with the necessary training in skills and theory to meet the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy requirements in those areas to accredit individual counsellors. However, it is your responsibility to seek individual accreditation and this entails further supervised practice and completion of the necessary written evidence.
The Diploma course is psychodynamic in orientation with some consideration of the humanistic approach. It is expected that you will have already completed a Level 3 Counselling course that has introduced you to various orientations so that the choice of a psychodynamically orientated course is a deliberate and informed one.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
These will include:
is structured around a whole day, and supervision group sizes are kept small at
maximum of 4 as per the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling
There will be opportunities for training/clinical placements within approved voluntary agencies from year 1 but a lot of support is provided to help students to secure a clinical placement.
The modes of assessment used on the course comprise assignments and professional practice.
The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.
To be eligible, students must have successfully achieved the following certificate or diploma level courses;
• AIM Level 3 Certificate in Counselling
• Other equivalent approved qualification
It is recommended that applicants should have some relevant experience such as working as a “befriender”. It would be advantageous to have some experience of personal therapy.
Overseas students require a minimum IELTs score of 6.5 to show competence in all four assessed areas in ESOL.
Applicants must show evidence that they will be in personal therapy with an approved therapist before the start of the programme. Applicants must continue to be in therapy throughout the course and be prepared to show evidence on request. This costs about £40 per week.
A key part of the programme is a work based element, students complete a placement in an approved counselling agency. Places are allocated by counselling agencies by competitive interview. The College undertakes to prepare students for interview to ensure that they have the best opportunity to gain a place. Year 1 and Year 2 students are required to secure a clinical placement and support is provided to ensure that students are equipped for interviews. Whilst the college offers support and advice in finding a placement it is ultimately the students’ responsibility to secure a suitable placement. The agency may make a charge for initial assessment prior to offer. This may cost up to £75. Once in placement, some agencies may make a charge for work-based supervision. This may cost around £40 per week.
In order to complete the work-based modules candidates will need to complete a minimum number of client hours. These hours are normally completed by the end of the programme. In some cases the nature of the clients being counselled at the agency may prevent the required hours being accrued. In such instances an extension may need to be provided for the work based learning modules. The student will be required to continue in both placement and college based supervision. An additional fee applies at re-enrolment.
There are 2 seminars: one in Year 1 held in October, and one in Year 2 held in November. A charge is made for residential costs.
Professional accreditation and/or degree level.