Year One Modules

Existential Theory & Practice

Credit points:  15

  • Introduction: overview of existentialism and phenomenology and their place within the history and context of psychotherapy and counselling psychology. The aims of counselling psychology and psychotherapy
  • Kierkegaard and Nietzsche: Philosophers of Freedom
  • Husserl and Heidegger: The Creation of Phenomenology
  • Sartre and Existentialism
  • Merleau-Ponty and Foucault
  • Binswanger and Boss
  • May, Yalom, Laing and Szasz
  • The British School
  • Post-modernism
Psychoanalytic Theory & Practice
Credit points:  15
  • The place of psychoanalysis within the range of modalities today; contributions to other psychotherapy approaches
  • Freud (1) Meta-psychology- The cognitive unconscious
  • Freud  (2) Meta-psychology – Structural Model
  • Jung: Introduction and Outline
  • Klein: Introduction and Outline
  • Object Relations (1) Winnicott and Bowlby
  • Object Relations (2) Fairbairn, Balint, Guntrip
  • Libido: Pleasure-Seeking vs. Relationship-Seeking
  • Self-Psychology – Introduction and Outline
  • Intersubjectivity – Introduction and
Critical Psychopathology Theory & Practice
Credit points:  15
  • Introduction to the course: The Medical and Clinical Psychological Model of Mental Illness
  • Critique of the Medical and clinical psychological Model of Mental Illness
  • Anxiety, depression, and other disorders of mood and emotion
  • Substance use and addictive disorders; disruptive, impulse control, and conduct disorders;  eating disorders; self-harm
  • Sexual dysfunctions; gender dysphoria; paraphilia; alternative sexualities and the limits of diagnosis
  • Anxiety-related disorders; obsessive-compulsive and related disorders; trauma and stressor related disorders, dissociative disorders, somatic symptom disorders
  • Personality Disorders; Neurodevelopmental disorders; learning disability
  • Psychoses including schizophrenia, mania, organic psychoses, and atypical psychoses
  • Neurocognitive disorders; sleep-wake disorders, dysexecutive syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and sub-cortical dementia,  Alzheimer’s disease, localized effects of stroke, memory disorders
  • How useful are the concepts of mental illness, mental disorder, and mental disability?
Quantitative Research Methods
Credit points:  15
  • The principles of critical enquiry and the distinction between meaning and causes.  Scepticism and Occam’s razor
  • Probability theory and its application to inference.  Chance, and its measurement
  • Statistics, distributions, the normal distribution, means and variance.
  • Collecting and displaying data. Types of data e.g. continuous, dichotomous.  Parametric and non-parametric statistics.
  • Types of research: on populations.  Sampling and surveys. Confounding and selection bias
  • Types of research: on individuals.  Selection, tests, interviews, questionnaires, self-ratings, observer ratings
  • Questionnaire design.  Psychometric properties.  Consistency. Reliability.  Validity
  • Planning and designing a study.  Power calculations.  Ethics. Randomizing, control, wait list designs.
  • Statistical significance.  Practical significance.  Replication and meta-analysis.  Specificity and sensitivity: receiver operating characteristics.
  • Reading and learning from the literature.
Intro to Counselling Psychology theory and practice
Credit points:  15
  • An introduction to the profession of counselling psychology including: the historical development; values and philosophy; nature and characteristics of; challenges facing the profession; the roles of the BPS, HCPC and the Division of Counselling Psychology
  • An introduction to ways of working as a counselling psychologist;  time and information boundaries; good professional practice; the Caldicott guardian; mental capacity and consent; record-keeping; disclosure of records to third parties; the Information Act and the information commissioner; child-protection; duties to courts.  Assessing risk; Health and Safety legislation.
  • Assessment for psychotherapy;  the use of questionnaires; structured methods of history taking; psychotherapeutic formulations; and monitoring client outcome; risk assessment. The scientist-practitioner and the reflective-practitioner
  • A preliminary discussion of ethics – BPS and HCPC ethic codes. Particular issues in NHS practice. Implementing non-discriminatory practice, and safe-guarding children and vulnerable adults.
  • Working in different contexts, with professionals of other backgrounds, and working in teams. Referring and receiving referrals from other professionals. Monitoring one’s own performance. The limits of practice.
  • Planning and articulating clinical placement requirements; the legal and professional framework of practice. The analysis of prospective placements from an educational, clinical, health and safety, standards of conduct, ethical and legal perspective. Indemnity insurance. The role of supervision. Attendance requirements.
  • Developing a research hypothesis; planning research relevant to counselling psychology.
  • Using information sources in practice and research. What Middlesex provides. Mendeley, BPS EBSCO and other databases. Developing good practice in information recording and record keeping
  • The service user’s viewpoint. Service user involvement and representation. Communicating with service users and their carers where relevant. Dual relationships. The rights of carers. Capacity and the Mental Health act. Informed consent. Advance directives. Working with clients on medication.
  • Personal learning portfolio and the programme planning approach. Beginning a personal learning portfolio. Considering eligibility and desirability of RAL. The Middlesex RAL form. Making a RAL application.
Exit Award: PGCert
Credit points:  75
While we hope to help you achieve the full doctoral qualification, it is important for you to know that there are a number of exit qualifications to the programme if you were to choose to leave earlier.