Psychoanalytical Observational Studies MA
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
PG Dip 2 years, MA 3 years part-timeHealth and Life Sciences
Coach Lane Campus
This programme is offered to experienced professionals working with children, young people and their carers who are interested in applying detailed observation and a psychoanalytic framework in their professional work.
The Psychoanalytic Observational Studies course was pioneered by the Tavistock Clinic in the early 1970’s. It is now available in several locations throughout the country, including Northumbria University. It is usually taken in its own right to enhance the work of the student within his or her existing profession.
Programme 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 programme forms appropriate pre-clinical training.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
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.
Students undertake the course to enrich their professional work with children and families. The course is also a pre-requisite for application to Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy www.nscap.org.uk
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