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  • Entry requirements
    Compulsory Requirements At least one years experience of work with children, young people and/or families in a professional capacity. Standard Entry An Honours degree in a related subject. Occasionally students are accepted without a first degree if they can give evidence to show that they are capable of work of degree standard.
  • Academic Title
    Psychoanalytical Observational Studies (MA)
  • Course description
    COURSE INFORMATION
    This is offered to experienced professionals from a variety of professional backgrounds including teaching, social work, nursing, clinical psychology, occupational therapy, art therapy etc.,working with children, young people and their carers who are interested in applying detailed observation and a psychoanalytic framework in their professional work.

    Course content can be broadly divided into two areas. Firstly, there are opportunities for experimental learning through the weekly observation of newborn babies in their homes, in the Infant Observation modules. Secondly, students are concurrently offered larger seminar discussions based on reading selected psychoanalytic theory, in particular Freud and Melanie Klein, and recent child development literature. This is in order to compare models of healthy development and to place observational data in a wider academic context. For those wishing to qualify as child psychotherapists, this course forms appropriate pre-clinical training.

    MODULE INFORMATION
    Year 1 Modules

    TE0213 INTERACTIVE WORK WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE & PARENTS (CORE, 20 Credits)

    TE0214 Infant Observation 1 (CORE, 20 Credits)

    TE0282 PSYCHOANALYTICAL THEORY 1 (CORE, 10 Credits)

    TE0283 CHILD DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH (CORE, 10 Credits)
    Year 2 Modules

    TE0275 INTERACTIVE WORK WITH CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND PARENTS 2 (CORE, 20 Credits)

    TE0285 Infant Observation II (CORE, 20 Credits)

    TE0286 Psychoanalytic Theory II (CORE, 10 Credits)

    TE0287 YOUNG CHILD OBSERVATION (CORE, 20 Credits)
    Year 3 Modules

    ES0410 MA Research Project (CORE, 60 Credits)

    PP0191 SYSTEMATIC APPRAISAL (OPTION, 60 Credits)

    COURSEWORK AND ASSESSMENT
    Students prepare detailed reports of their observations to discuss in small seminar groups comprising students from different professional backgrounds. The reports are submitted at the end of the first year for the assignments. Students read and prepare texts for the theory seminars and submit two theory essays in the first year. In the 2nd year submissions are based on the students' psychoanalytical conceptual understanding of their observations.

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