Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

Foundation Degree Psychodynamic Counselling

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Course summary

The programme aims to provide a sound theoretical framework and practical training in psychodynamic counselling. It is intended for those who have already undertaken Level 2 and Level 3 training in counselling and wish to continue to become fully qualified as counsellors either in employment or in private practice. The Foundation Degree is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills base required for life-long learning in a continually expanding area. 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. The qualification is recognized within the profession as representing the highest standard of professionalism and ethical integrity. Most employers regard BACP accreditation as an essential requirement. What is psychodynamic counselling? In a nutshell, psychodynamic counselling is based on the belief that the past influences the present and the future. It pays attention to unconscious processes. For example, it can help clients to become aware of some relational patterns. It also focuses on the relationship clients have with themselves. The aim is to increase the level of self-awareness in order to enable clients to become more autonomous and less conflicted. The core aims of the Foundation Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling are to: Enable students to practice competently & ethically as psychodynamic counsellors, within a variety of settings with a good knowledge of psychodynamic theory. Provide a complex & broad theoretical framework & practical training in Psychodynamic Counselling. Develop critical analysis of theory and practice Aid theoretical and practical development by appropriate assessment at all stages Develop personal & group responsibility for learning and counselling including self & peer evaluation. Provide opportunities for essential personal growth. Year 1 (120 credits) Developmental Psychology Clinical Concepts Research Methods for Counselling Theories Clinical Case Study Work-Based Portfolio Year 2 (120 credits) Human Development Psychopathology Preparation for Work Final Client Study Final Year Portfolio Normally, successful applicants are required to provide a DBS during the process of securing a clinical placement.

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  • Year 1

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The Course fee is to be confirmed Residentials (1 per academic year). All applicants who are offered a conditional place will be requested to pay a deposit of £150.00, in order to secure their place on the Foundation degree in Psychodynamic Counselling. This money will contribute towards the fees of the 'Residential on Attachment Theory" that normally takes place in October/ November Supervision and travel involved in visiting counselling agencies Extra supervision will be required if agency does not provide supervision in line with the criteria of the programme Clinical assessments: £60.00 to £80.00 DBS check this usually takes place when counsellors in training apply for a clinical placement Personal Therapy: £40.00 to £60.00 IT equipment Some of these prices are an approximate.
Foundation Degree Psychodynamic Counselling at NESCOT - UCAS