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University Of Ulster, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, BT37 0QB, County Antrim, United Kingdom

This course focuses on the key theories and concepts underpinning the psychodynamic approach to counselling. The course should be of interest to practitioners who want to develop a model to understand human behaviour. Psychodynamic theory and practice provide invaluable insights into understanding and conceptualising behaviour and distress. The course examines psychodynamic theories of personality development, the nature of psychological distress and the conceptual basis for the psychodynamic approach to counselling practice.

This course provides the participant with a theoretical grounding in psychodynamic practice and provides skills and strategies to work psychodynamically. These theories and skills can be applied to understand and intervene with individuals, groups, families and organisational systems.

This course is aimed at practitioners working in a helping profession/capacity.

This course is taught by Mr Michael McGibbon. Michael is a full time psychotherapy and counselling lecturer for Ulster University. He lectures on the MSc programme for Counselling and Therapeutic Communication. As a core member of the University’s continued professional development team, Michael also provides specialist training and consultancy to psychotherapists, psychologists, counsellors and social workers from the health and social care trusts, voluntary sector and private practitioners. He is a senior accredited clinical psychotherapist with the Irish Council of Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy. Michael has previously worked for over 15 years in the statutory health sectors of Ireland and The UK both as a principal social worker in child and adolescent mental health services and a senior clinical psychotherapist with adults presenting with complex developmental trauma. Michael’s research interest is in the development of the counsellor’s/psychotherapist’s use of self in practice. He has submitted articles on this subject to counselling and psychotherapy journals.

Entry Requirements: Any undergraduate degree

Start Date: 26 January 2016

Delivery: This course requires attendance for six afternoon sessions from 2pm to 6pm on dates between January and March 2016 (dates to be confirmed).

Assessment: 100% Coursework - (1) a 1000 word critique of a recorded skills session with the objective of integrating skills and understandings of the approach from practical basis and (2) a case study of 2000 words (which will be provided), with the objective of applying theories and understandings of the approach to a hypothetical client.

Location: Jordanstown Campus

Credit Points: 15

Cost: £416.25

Cost applicable for UK/EU applicants only. Applicants resident outside of UK/EU should contact [email protected] for a quotation in relation to the cost of the course.

This course is part of a framework of postgraduate professional development opportunities. If you wish, you can study a range of short courses over a period of time and build credit towards the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Once you have successfully completed a combination of short courses worth 60 credits in total, you will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development. Full details of available courses can be found at

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