Programme Specification for the 2016/7 academic year

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy)

1. Programme Details

Programme nameMSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy) Programme codePTS2PSYPSY11
Study mode(s)Part Time
Academic year2016/7
Campus(es)Streatham (Exeter)
NQF Level of the Final Award7 (Masters)

2. Description of the Programme

The MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy) programme has been developed to equip you with the ability to assimilate and understand psychological therapeutic practise in general and in Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Therapy in depth. This includes an appreciation of the relationship between different forms of psychotherapeutic practice.

The programme is particularly suited to people working in Health and Social Services or in the independent or third sectors who work with people experiencing mental health difficulties. The programme is intended to help mental health professionals to use psychoanalytic and psychoanalytically-informed ideas to augment or develop their clinical understanding, skills and practice within their existing field of work. If you do not have an existing mental health background you may still be accepted onto the programme if you have acquired suitable experiences prior to application; this should include experience within a psychiatric/mental health service setting.

The programme may be undertaken as a free-standing programme but is also designed to constitute a qualifying programme for you to become independent professional practitioners. Subject to additional training requirements being met, on completion of further clinical and academic work you will be eligible for membership of the British Psychotherapy Foundation which confers registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (please note that you should enquire with programme leads as to the particular additional training requirements that you need in order to qualify).

After successful completion of two years you will be eligible for further training leading to professional qualification as a psychotherapist within your chosen modality; alternatively, without further training, you will be equipped to apply the competencies/understanding and clinical experience you have acquired to enhance you practise within your existing areas of professional practice. During this two year period you will be training, and supervised, as psychological therapists in clinics. You will undertake academic study and research concurrently.

3. Educational Aims of the Programme

In this programme we aim to help you develop a range of competencies in your chosen therapeutic modality which falls short of qualification as an independent practitioner. We also aim to encourage you to develop your intellectual capabilities within an institution that is committed to advancing research, scholarship, learning, and to disseminating knowledge.

It is our aim that you will, on completion of the programme, be able to:

  • Integrate theoretical understanding of psychoanalytic ideas within your clinical practice in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Be familiar with the classic psychoanalytic literature, its context and its relevance or otherwise to contemporary psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice.
  • Appreciate the main analytic theories and theoreticians and recognise the ways in which they converge and diverge.
  • Develop an understanding of unconscious processes, psychological defences and developmental psychopathology.
  • Understand and work with psychodynamic processes in group settings.
  • Acquire the capacity to undertake therapeutic work under supervision.
  • Appreciate both qualitative and quantitative research in relation to psychological therapies and in particular psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
  • Assess patients for psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, know when it is indicated and contra-indicated, and have an awareness of other forms of potentially appropriate therapies.
  • Develop an ethical approach to the clinical practice of psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and an understanding of the issues of confidentiality and ethics in relation to psychodynamic/psychoanalytic theory and practice.
  • Make use of your experience of personal therapy and how this can enhance understanding of countertransference and projective identification, and the extent to which factors personal to the therapist may enhance or confound his or her ability to work effectively with patients.
  • Understand the social context in which psychoanalytic ideas developed and consider ways in which sexism, racism, sectarianism, ageism, and other forms of discrimination may affect the practice of psychotherapy.

4. Programme Structure

5. Programme Modules

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. Details of the modules currently offered may be obtained from the College web site

You may take option modules as long as any necessary prerequisites have been satisfied, where the timetable allows and if you have not already taken the module in question or an equivalent module. Descriptions of the individual modules are given in full on the College web site.

http://cedar.exeter.ac.uk/programmes/

The following tables describe the programme and constituent modules. Constituent modules may be updated, deleted, or replaced as a consequence of the annual review of this programme.

Stage 1


90 credits of compulsory modules

a PSYM165, PSYM168, PYCM011 and PYCM012 run over years 1 and 2 of the programme.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM151 Psychodynamic Clinical Practice I 15Yes
PSYM164 Psychodynamic Observation Seminars 15Yes
PSYM165 Psychoanalytic Theory Seminars [See note a above]15Yes
PSYM168 Psychological Therapies Research Methods [See note a above]15Yes
PYCM011 Contemporary Psychoanalytic Practice [See note a above]15Yes
PYCM012 Clinical Seminars and Reflective Practice [See note a above]15Yes

Stage 2


90 credits of compulsory modules

b You must take one of PYCM001, PYCM013 or PSYM125.

Compulsory Modules

CodeModule Credits Non-condonable?
PSYM152 Psychodynamic Clinical Practice II 15Yes
PSYM167 Clinical Applications Seminars 15Yes
PYCM001 Psychological Therapies Research Project [See note b above]60Yes
PYCM013 Observational Research [See note b above]60Yes
PSYM125 Theoretical Research Paper [See note b above]60Yes

6. Programme Outcomes Linked to Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods

Intended Learning Outcomes
A: Specialised Subject Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

1. Develop working therapeutic alliances with clients: this may include families, couples, individuals, referrers, and other service providers, in order to carry out assessment, develop a formulation based on psychological theories and knowledge, carry out psychological interventions, evaluate their effectiveness and appropriateness, and communicate effectively and actively with clients, referrers and others, orally, electronically and in writing.
2. Work effectively with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds, understanding whilst respecting the impact of difference and diversity upon their lives; conduct research that enables the development of psychological therapy practise and to develop its knowledge base and monitor and improve the effectiveness of its work.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of psychological theory and evidence, including knowledge required to underpin clinical and research practice and a level of conceptual understanding and critical capacity that allows independent evaluation.
4. Demonstrate a professional and ethical approach to psychological therapeutic practise that is consistent with, the relevant professional guidelines, including the ability to analyse and manage ethical dilemmas and issues of anti-discriminatory practice.
5. Demonstrate evidence-based practice through clinical work with clients and research.

Workshops; lectures; seminars; tutorial and discussion groups; clinical placement and supervision; presentations. Assessment: essays, video and critical commentaries; oral presentations; clinical linking papers (linking clinical work to research and theory), research proposal and project; supervision reports and assessments.

6000 word practice portfolio including supervisor feedback (ILO 1-5).

7500 word Extended Case Reports (ILOs 1-5).

3000 word Evidence Based Theory Essay (ILOs 2-5).

Intended Learning Outcomes
B: Academic Discipline Core Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

6. Make an independent, critical methodological analysis of research and theory and produce coherent argumentation, both written and oral.
7. Show competence in the general management of research, in the use of a range of methodologies and analyses for clinical research, and in various ways of reporting clinical research.

Workshops; lectures; seminars; tutorial and discussion groups; clinical placement and supervision, presentations. Assessment through essays, clinical linking papers, oral presentations, video presentations and commentary; research proposal and project; clinical supervision reports and assessments.

3000 word Clinical Practice Essay (ILO 6-7).

6000 word practice portfolio including supervisor feedback (ILOs 6-7).

7500 word Extended case reports (ILOs 6-7).

Intended Learning Outcomes
C: Personal/Transferable/Employment Skills and Knowledge

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
On successfully completing this programme you will be able to:
Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) will be...
...accommodated and facilitated by the following learning and teaching activities (in/out of class):...and evidenced by the following assessment methods:

8. Search key literature effectively.
9. Work in a constructive and responsive way both independently and in collaboration with others.
10. Demonstrate skills in listening, summarising and critical analysis through seminar and tutorial discussion, the writing of clinical linking papers and through essay writing.
11. Demonstrate professional competence relating to personal and professional development and awareness of the clinical, professional, and social context within which psychological therapy work is undertaken.
12. Work effectively in groups.
13. Critically reflect on your skills showing a self-awareness which also enables the transfer of knowledge and skills to new settings and new clinical problems.

Workshops; lectures; seminars; tutorial and discussion groups; clinical placement and supervision, presentations. Assessment through essays, clinical linking papers, oral presentations, video presentations and commentary; research proposal and project; clinical supervision reports and assessments.

3000 word Clinical Practice Essay (ILO 8-13).

6000 word practice portfolio including supervisor feedback (ILOs 8-13).

7500 word Extended case reports (ILOs 8-13).

7. Programme Regulations

Programme-specific Progression Rules

You must pass all the modules in the table above. The pass mark for these modules is 50% with an additional requirement to pass all individual assessments within individual modules. If you fail any modules you will not be permitted to continue with the programme and your registration as a student will be terminated with immediate effect.

Programme-specific Award Rules

You are not permitted to exit with a PGCert or PGDip on passing 60 credits or 120 credits, respectively.

Classification

Full details of assessment regulations for all taught programmes can be found in the TQA Manual, specifically in the Credit and Qualifications Framework, and the Assessment, Progression and Awarding: Taught Programmes Handbook. Additional information, including Generic Marking Criteria, can be found in the Learning and Teaching Support Handbook.

8. College Support for Students and Students' Learning

WithinPsychology there is a well-equipped suite of PCs dedicated for postgraduate use, with further support provided by a dedicated IT and statistics helpdesk.

A range of services is available to support your study both from within Psychology. These include:

  • Team development programme.
  • Personal and professional development planning.
  • Student handbooks and programme guides.
  • Range of specialist advisors, including for: women students, non-school leavers, and overseas students.
  • Computing and Statistics Help Desk.
  • Virtual Resource Room and other web-based learning materials.
  • Clinically focused seminars, the ‘Think Tank’, provided by the Mood Disorders Centre.

9. University Support for Students and Students' Learning

Please refer to the University Academic Policy and Standards guidelines regarding support for students and students' learning.

10. Admissions Criteria

All applications are considered individually on merit. The University is committed to an equal opportunities policy with respect to gender, age, race, sexual orientation and/or disability when dealing with applications. It is also committed to widening access to higher education to students from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience.

Candidates must satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Exeter. (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/applications/index.html)

Undergraduate applicants must satisfy the Undergraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Postgraduate applicants must satisfy the Postgraduate Admissions Policy of the University of Exeter.

Specific requirements required to enrol on this programme are available at the respective Undergraduate or Postgraduate Study Site webpages.

Applicants must normally have completed a recognised professional clinical training or relevant undergraduate degree. Non-standard applications will be considered where applicants can demonstrate the required academic ability alongside existing knowledge, experience and skills developed in the workplace, relevant to this programme. Please contact the Programme Director if you would like to explore whether your prior learning, experience and skills would be acceptable. Candidates will need to undertake an interview and confirmation of appropriate registration to practice (eg Health Professions or Nursing and Midwifery Council Registration) and evidence of a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

11. Regulation of Assessment and Academic Standards

Each academic programme in the University is subject to an agreed College assessment and marking strategy, underpinned by institution-wide assessment procedures.

The security of assessment and academic standards is further supported through the appointment of External Examiners for each programme. External Examiners have access to draft papers, course work and examination scripts. They are required to attend the Board of Examiners and to provide an annual report. Annual External Examiner reports are monitored at both College and University level. Their responsibilities are described in the University's code of practice. See the University's TQA Manual for details.

(http://as.exeter.ac.uk/support/admin/staff/qualityassuranceandmonitoring/tqamanual/fullcontents/)

12. Indicators of Quality and Standards

The programme is not subject to accreditation and/ or review by professional and statutory regulatory bodies (PSRBs).

13. Methods for Evaluating and Improving Quality and Standards

The University and its constituent Colleges draw on a range of data to review the quality of educational provision. The College documents the performance in each of its taught programmes, against a range of criteria on an annual basis through the Annual Programme Monitoring cycle:

  • Admissions, progression and completion data
  • In Year Analysis data
  • Previous monitoring report
  • Monitoring of core (and optional) modules
  • External examiner's reports and University and College responses (reported to SSLC)
  • Any Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Body/accrediting body or other external reports
  • Consultation with employers and former students
  • Staff evaluation
  • Student evaluation
  • Programme aims

Subject areas are reviewed every four years through a periodic subject review scheme that includes external contributions. (http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/academic/tls/tqa/Part%209/9JREVISEDPSRSCHEME.pdf)

14. Awarding Institution

University of Exeter

15. Lead College / Teaching Institution

College of Life and Environmental Sciences (CLES)

16. Partner College / Institution

Partner College(s)

Not applicable to this programme

Partner Institution

Not applicable to this programme.

17. Programme Accredited / Validated by

0

18. Final Award

MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy)

19. UCAS Code

N/A

20. NQF Level of Final Award

7 (Masters)

21. Credit

CATS credits

180

ECTS credits

90

22. QAA Subject Benchmarking Group

23. Dates

Origin Date

20/05/2015

Date of last revision

15/02/2016