How can you support the people who need your service most effectively?
How can you work more collaboratively with your colleagues?
What counts as therapeutic support for children, young people, or older adults?
The BA course is the third year of the programme, consolidating your knowledge and expertise from the Foundation Degree and empowering you to take a more significant role in your agencies.
We combine theoretical seminars, practical workshops, work-place learning, and an opportunity to focus on a theme that inspires you most. Your first term concentrates on developing therapeutic techniques in working individually with children and adults, whilst your second involves in-depth study of the dynamics of organisations. This includes theory, workshop and observational elements.
In the summer term you select either a module on supervision and mentoring, enabling you to foster the skills and development of others in your agency; or a module on further developing your counselling skills.
Throughout the year, you will also be able to study an area of personal interest, engaging your curiosity under the expert guidance of our staff.
Our expert staff
What sets our teaching team apart is that each one blends clinical experience and expertise in their field with the academic rigour for which the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies has such a reputation. You will be taught by lecturers who have years of experience working directly with troubled individuals and groups in specialist settings. This means they can draw upon not only the enduring academic tradition and the latest research in the field of psychoanalytic studies but also upon years of clinical experience as teachers, psychotherapists, and therapeutic community practitioners.
Mr Chris Tanner, Fd.A Course Director, brings many years of experience in special education and therapeutic communities, having held a number of leaderships and directorships roles in such organisations. He also works as an organisational consultant working across diverse sectors in the UK. He is a Specialist Member of the Ministry of Justice Health, Education and Social Care Tribunal. He has postgraduate qualifications in special education, psychoanalytic studies, and organisational consultancy.
Mrs Sue Kegerreis is both an adult and child and adolescent psychotherapist. Sue has published numerous journal papers and chapters including her book Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents: An Introduction in 2010. Sue has a long career developing and teaching courses applying psychodynamic approaches to both clinical and non-clinical settings, and she is also a consultant offering clinical supervision.
Dr Chris Nicholson has some 15 years experience working in residential childcare and therapeutic communities. His PhD thesis concerned the effects of war trauma upon the literary works of Robert Graves. He is the primary author and editor of Children and Adolescents in Trauma: Creative Therapeutic Approaches published in 2010. Chris sits on the Advisory Board for Children and Young People at the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Therapeutic Communities section. He speaks at both national and international conferences and teaches here as well as in Greece.
Mrs Arianna Pulsoni is a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Arianna has worked in NHS and in schools. She is the lead on the wellbeing and counselling service in an international school. She has also worked with mother and baby refugees and she is doing a research on intergenerational family difficulties and parent work at the Tavistock Clinic. Arianna also works as a clinical supervisor and specialist consultant.
Dr Rodrigo Sanchez Escandon has worked for a variety of therapeutic organisations and children’s homes in Mexico City and Nairobi. He has also worked with homeless people for a number of years. In the UK he has worked as a therapist and clinical manager in the NHS. He is a registered psychoanalyst ( IPA,BPC, BPF) with over 10 years of experience in private practice.
Our Student Administrator, Alison Evans, who will help you with many of the arrangements and technical aspects of the course, has a fantastic reputation among our students as being particularly helpful and approachable.
You will experience a lively, informal environment with many possibilities to pursue your own interests:
- Whether in Colchester or Southend Campus, 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
- At the Southend Campus, you also have access to the new Southend library and IT suite, as well as dedicated open and closed study areas and pods.
- 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.
With around 80% of our students moving on to postgraduate study or employment, this course prepares you to move successfully into your own career path.
Key areas of employment for people with these skills include marketing, advertising, human resources, management, the media, care work, teaching or health care. Our recent graduates have gone on to work in a wide range of careers, including:
- Psychoanalytic therapy
- Clinical psychology
- NHS Mental Health work
- Management Consultancy
- Country Director (Afghanistan) with the Danish Refugee Council
- Therapeutic Consultancy
We also work with the University’s Student Development Team to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
* Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.
Why we’re great
- Study an area of personal interest, engaging your curiosity under the expert guidance of our staff.
- You’ll be taught by lecturers who bring both academic and practical knowledge from years of working with children.
- 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