Formerly BA Therapeutic Care
Are you fascinated by relationships and personality development, or intrigued by people’s behaviour, what causes you to act as you do and what can lead to emotional or psychological difficulties? Do you want to learn about and develop ways of helping those who are in need? Laying the foundations for a career in a caring profession, whether education, health or social care our course will give you a solid basis in psychodynamic thinking, child and adult development, and the dynamics of therapeutic interventions in organisations.
Whether you want to work with troubled infants in the nursery, children with emotional and behavioural difficulties in schools or children’s homes, adults in social care and mental health settings, the elderly or those with learning difficulties our degree leaves you fully prepared to make a difference. We equip you with what you need to take up a post in a range of education, health and social care settings. Includes a Placement in each year of study. There are no exams in this course.
- Child, adolescent and adult development
- Attachment theory
- Working with groups
- Psychodynamic counselling
- Anxiety and depression
- Trauma and violence
- Looked after children
- Eating disorders
- Creating effective learning environments
- Organisational dynamics and systems theory
- Therapeutic communities
- Psychodynamic interventions in non-clinical settings
Through the inclusion of an observational and work placement, giving you invaluable experience within your chosen sector, this course enables you to put theory and practice together as well as a gradual entry into the world of employment. We help you to explore and understand the kind of role you are preparing for so you graduate with a valuable balance of theoretical understanding and useful practical experience – rare qualities giving you the edge needed for to successfully gain employment upon graduation.
Please be aware that students entering Year 3 from October 2020 will be taught at our Southend campus.
Your education extends beyond the university campus. We support you in expanding your education through offering the opportunity to spend a year or a term studying abroad at one of our partner universities. The four-year version of our degree allows you to spend the third year abroad or employed on a placement abroad, while otherwise remaining identical to the three-year course.
Studying abroad allows you to experience other cultures and languages, to broaden your degree socially and academically, and to demonstrate to employers that you are mature, adaptable, and organised.
If you spend a full year abroad you’ll only pay 15% of your usual tuition fee to Essex for that year. You won’t pay any tuition fees to your host university
Our expert staff
This course is led by Dr Manuel Batsch who is a researcher and a practitioner. After completing his PhD at UCL, Manuel Batsch pursued his research on the role of theory in psychoanalytic clinic, publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals.
In parallel, Manuel Batsch works as a Honorary Psychotherapist at Camden Psychotherapy Unit and he is undertaking training at the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
Amongst the lecturers teaching in the course are:
Dr Chris Nicholson (Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychodynamic Studies) Chris Nicholson has more than 15 years’ experience working in residential childcare and therapeutic communities. He sits on the Advisory Board for Children and Young People at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Therapeutic Communities sections, and regularly speaks at both national and international conferences.
Dr Poul Rohleder is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working in a private practice in central London. Poul Rohleder is a board member of the British Psychoanalytic Council, and member of the task group on sexual and gender diversity within psychoanalysis at the British Psychoanalytic Council.
Dr Raluca Soreanu is a Psychoanalyst in private practice, effective member of the Circulo Psicanalitico do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, a member of the College of Psychoanalysts in the UK and an Academic Associate of The Freud Museum. Raluca Soreanu’s work is at the intersection between psychoanalytic theory and social theory. She has published numerous monographs and peer-reviewed articles.
Chris Tanner has worked as a senior manager and company director in both public and private sector organisations. He devised and runs a range of consultancy, leadership development and staff facilitation interventions with organisations in the human service sector and beyond.
Dr Deborah Wright is a trained Psychotherapist who previously worked as a Deputy Manager, staff trainer and training consultant in residential care for people with learning difficulties and mental health problems.
You will experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests:
- You will have access to the Albert Sloman Library, which houses a strong collection of books, journals, electronic resources and major archives
- The Department has its own dedicated library of specialist texts which inform and influence our research
- Free evening Open Seminars on topics relevant to psychoanalysis which are open to students, staff and members of the public.
In undertaking this course you’ll study a range of psychoanalytic concepts – applying them to individuals, relationships and organisations, which will provide you with a unique perspective of why we are the way we are, on understanding others and knowing how to relate to them, which will make you suited for further clinical training, postgraduate study in different fields, or employment.
Our future graduates may go to work in a wide range of careers, including:
- Therapeutic services
- NHS Mental Health work
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Social Care
- Therapeutic Consultancy
- Management Consultancy
- Marketing and Public Relations
We also work with the University’s Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
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Why we’re great
- You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge from years of working with children.
- Our degree lays the foundation to a career that makes a difference.
- Our students learn in small groups with expert practitioners and academics.
We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.
Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.
Teaching and learning disclaimer
Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.
The teaching and assessment methods listed show what is currently approved for 2022 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.
- Teaching takes place in relatively small seminars and fora, with a focus on group discussion
- Discussion in seminars includes both discussing other peoples’ work and discussing your own experiences in the workplace
- You also undertake supervised clinical practice, participate in skills based workshops, and teach others through presentation of theoretical readings and clinical cases
- Your grade is made up entirely of coursework marks, including essays and reflective reports