Year Four Modules

Existential Supervision Training
Credit points:  15
  • Kierkegaard: What kind of supervision? A discussion of process, content, theoretical or relationship orientations: Existential alternatives to supervision.
  • Nietzsche: Role of supervisor and referral, frame and boundary issues.
  • Husserl: Client, therapist and supervisor bias: Beginning supervision with a clarification of outlook and values.
  • Heidegger: Ethical traps and the effective use of philosophy.
  • Heidegger: Trauma in clients and therapists: How to work with mirrored trauma in the therapist.
  • Sartre: Supervision and therapeutic intervention: Monitoring the personal and professional.
  • Sartre: Supervisor as the client’s ally: Therapy from a client’s point of view.
  • Merleau Ponty: Responsibility and accountability: How to monitor a therapist’s professional standards.
  • Jaspers: Being real with the therapist: truth and deception in supervision.
  • Buber and Tillich: Supervision and the role of humility: Remaining self-critical as supervisor and leaving appropriate room for doubt.
Existential Group Training
Credit points:  15
  • Existential work in groups: How is it different?
  • An overview of existential models: Laing, Yalom.
  • Useful aspects of other models: Bion and Lewin.
  • Matrix and the work of Foulkes.
  • Working with dreams and self-exploration.
  • Working with expressed emotions, conflict and support.
  • Working with values and purpose and life management.
  • Working with meaning: Personal and professional development.
  • Working with time: The essence of existential work.
  • Putting it all together.
Leadership Training
Credit points:  15
  • What it is to be a leader – what is it to be an existential leader?
  • What it is to be a leader – what is it to be an existential leader 2?
  • What do we understand by Existential Leadership?
  • Dealing with conflict
  • The Authentic Leader
  • Freedom and Accountability in Leadership
  • Meaning in Leadership
  • Connective leadership
  • The NHS Leadership Framework
  • Integrating Existential thought in Leadership
Preparation for viva
Credit points:  15
  • Students will work with supervisors, Middlesex and NSPC staff to identify suitable internal and external examiners
  • Students complete the penultimate draft of their dissertation and this will be read by an experienced member of staff
  • Staff will provide detailed feedback leading to modifications if necessary by the student to their dissertation
  • The two supervisors of the student will conduct a mock viva examination for which the student will prepare a PowerPoint presentation, and the supervisors will give detailed feedback of the viva
  • The student will present their dissertation at a graduate conference
Research Supervision
Credit points:  15
  • Reviewing previous term’s report and setting timetable for term; arranging meetings as appropriate; devising methods of working together, for example by the exchange of drafts; setting and reviewing termly objectives
  • Developing and refining a research question; drafting and redrafting a research proposal; drafting and redrafting a research ethics application, if required; choosing research participants; reviewing research methods if necessary; undertaking data analysis; critically assessing data analysis; preparing a literature review, methods, and results section of a dissertation; considering the significance of the findings with the supervisor; drafting and redrafting a project discussion; completing the written dissertation with an abstract, tables, etc.; checking that references are in the Harvard format and correcting any incomplete references
  • Completing termly report
  • Preparing a fair copy of research project part 2 thesis for submission
Advanced Placement and Supervision 3 (3 terms)
Credit points:  15
  • Clinical placements are an essential part of the learning on this professional training. Students will put into practice the knowledge and skills gained during the first year seminars and the taught components of the second, third and fourth years. Supervision both in the placement and at the New School will monitor the application of these skills through the regular presentation of practice logs, self-evaluation reports, transcripts of client work and case studies. Supervision is offered on a weekly, intensive and online basis, but the syllabus and guidelines for transcripts et cetera remain the same.
  • Each student will bring appropriate clinical material that will be examined and discussed in terms of the student’s own contributions to the therapeutic process. Students are required to critically consider their own interventions and their client’s material. They are also required to give feedback to their peers and learn from the overall clinical discussion in the session. Students will be required to present verbatim client material at least once during the term. Students should attend groups facilitated by at least two different supervisors during the programme of their training. Students should also have two terms with the same supervisor, but no more than three terms with the same supervisor.
  • At the end of each year, i.e. three terms of placement and supervision the student will produce a long case study of 3000 words.
Research Project Part II, final
Credit points:  105
  • Working with supervisors on a regular basis.  Defining and clarifying a research question. Taking account of feedback from the PAP viva and the research ethics process as well as from Research Project 1 in year 3.
  • Learning to undertake, and carry out a systematic literature review, choosing and applying an appropriate research method, undertaking a demonstration of the viability of the research by carrying it out and writing it up to good standards.
  • Finalizing presentation
  • Attending the final assessment panel. Making any minor corrections required
Final Award: DCpsych
Credit points:  195
This is due at the end of the doctoral programme and is examined by viva, which needs to be arranged when required.