Module
descriptions

for Certificate in Psychotherapy & Counselling

A Matter of Ethics

All therapists are obliged to follow some code of ethics, but what is ethical behaviour? This module explores the views of philosophers and therapists,which are often at odds, and looks at how different goals can demand widely different responses. Can they all be ethical?

A Way of Working: An Overview of Humanistic Therapy

This module provides a general introduction to the main themes of this approach, seen in the context of post-war social changes. You will look at the work of Rogers and Maslow and explore their legacy in today’s counselling practices, including one-to-one sessions, consciousness-raising and other groups, and in the business world.

All in the Mind? The Impact of Psychoanalysis

Traditionally, psychoanalysis has downplayed the importance of social and physical realities. However, recent research suggests that many of our early behaviour patterns may have genetic causes, and many mental states may have clear physical correlations. This module explores some of the implications for therapy and counselling practice.

An Introduction to the Work of Carl Rogers

How did Rogers see the human being? This module presents an overview of his life and work, with an emphasis on his therapeutic goals and techniques.

A Spiritual Life

For many people, the spiritual experience is an essential aspect of their lives, yet somehow it rarely surfaces in therapeutic discussions. It seems as if therapists are frightened of the one practice that probably more cultures have in common than anything else.

Describing Ourselves: The Fundamentals of Phenomenology

How often is our description of someone’s behaviour really an opinion of them in disguise? This module introduces key ideas from phenomenology, which can help us to take a more open stance to our own and others’ experience.

Eating, Addiction and Dependency

When certain forms of behaviour dominate our lives we tend to call them addictions, and treat them differently from other activities. In this module we explore how the concepts of addiction and eating disorders are used by various therapeutic approaches.

Facing the Unknown: Consciousness and Unconsciousness

Does a part of our mind take decisions and manipulate memories in ways unknown to us? Do we communicate feelings we know nothing about? Do our lives embody psychic patterns that are as old as the human race? This module explores questions raised by the work of Freud and Jung, and many of their followers.

Finding Your Place in Life: The Work of Alfred Adler

An early disciple of Freud, Adler went on to found a ‘lifestyle’ approach to therapy that from the start saw the individual in the context of the world. In this module we explore the work of one of the first therapists to recognise the importance of social and health education, and the child’s place within the family.

Introduction to Gestalt Therapy: the Work of Fritz Perls

This module provides an introduction to the life and work of Perls, together with an overview of his basic concepts and techniques. We also explore the picture of the human being his work gives us and see some current developments of his ideas.

Melanie Klein and Object Relations Theory

This module provides an examination of some modern developments of Freud’s ideas, concentrating on the concepts of transference and counter-transference. You will also explore the move from a male to a female perspective of infant development.

Mental Health and Mental Illness

Many ideas about different emotional states are described in the language of medicine, but does that make odd behaviour an illness? This module explores some common assumptions about ‘mad’ and ‘normal’ people and how these terms are used within different approaches.

Power, Gender and Race in Therapy

This module explores some of the different experiences men and women have in society today, focusing on the issue of power. How are social and racial inequalities reflected in the consulting room?

Putting Theory into Practice

You will explore a case history from a number of perspectives to see how the theories presented so far might be applied in an actual situation. Both theory and practice sessions are used for this exercise, which will include small and large group presentations.

Society, Biology and Reality

Are human beings super-computers capable of reprogramming themselves to adjust to an objective reality? This module offers an introduction to key behaviourist themes of choice and conditioning, and the relationship of the individual to society.

The Body in Humanistic Therapy

This module provides an introduction to the life and work of Wilhelm Reich, focusing on his ‘energy model’ of human sexuality. We consider some of its social implications, together with more recent developments in bio-energetics and primal integration.

The Existential Alternative: a Challenge to Psychoanalysis

Are we really psychic objects defined by conflicting desires and drives? Existentialism offers a radically different view of the human being, questioning such fundamental concepts as the existence of the self, and asks if we are knowable at all.

The Frame in Therapy

This module explores different therapeutic needs, aims and goals, together with the ‘boundary’ issues of time, money and confidentiality. You will also look at issues of training and registration of therapists through BACP and UKCP.

The Profession of Therapy

This module looks at the changing role of the therapist, and the nature of training today.

The Work of Sigmund Freud

This module provides an outline of Freud’s work, concentrating on his concepts of ego, id and superego and their emergence during various described psycho-sexual stages.

Therapy and Therapists

This module looks at how religion and philosophy have been used as forms of therapy, together with traditions of moral guidance and advice. It also explores how the wisdom traditions of spiritualism, shamanism, astrology or mythology have also been used as ways of understanding ourselves and the world.

Transcultural Counselling

To what extent is the Western model of psychotherapy valid for people whose roots lie elsewhere? The issues this question raises go to the heart of our practice, which we place in the context of different cultural experiences and expectations.

Working With Dreams

Using psychoanalysis as a starting point, we explore different ways in which dreams can be explored. These include the theories of Freud, Jung, Adler, Perls and others.

Working With Groups

This module explores various theories of group dynamics and group work, including psychoanalytic, gestalt and existential models. You will be able to reflect on your PPD work and explore the relevance of the various theories in the light of your own experience.

Working with Loss and Bereavement

Our only certainty in life is the fact of death, yet we always seem unprepared for its impact on our lives. The long-term effect of a loved one’s death can leave us shattered, betrayed and angry. How should we work with these possibilities in therapy?