A collaboration between West London Mental Health NHS Trust and Buckinghamshire New University, the course provides the conceptual tools, their application to clinical work, a specialised group experience and a research dissertation to equip participants to orient themselves to the complex reality of their roles in mental health organizations.
By focusing on individual, group and institutional dynamics, this training is specifically designed to explore the preconditions for maintaining boundaries, ensuring relational security and delivering coherent, effective treatment interventions.
MSc graduates are eligible to apply for British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) registration as Psychodynamic Practitioners in Mental Health (General or Forensic). Successful graduates can apply to the Forensic Psychotherapy Society for a further clinical training of two years leading to a BPC qualification as Forensic Psychodynamic and Complex Needs therapist, with full membership of the Forensic Psychotherapy Society which is a new member institution of the BPC.
This course will help you to deepen, enhance and extend your knowledge, skills and experience of psychotherapeutic approaches to mental health practice in your clinical setting, both independently and through consultation with other health care professionals, using evidence-based practice to support decisions.
You will be able to critically analyse issues relating to individual, interpersonal and group working, and accountability in order to develop the understanding required to perform the role of a mental health practitioner utilising a psychotherapeutic approach to mental health care.
In addition, you will develop the knowledge and skills required in the augmentation of your clinical work and the delivery of effective psychotherapeutic approaches to practice.
What will this course cover?
There are five distinct elements to this master's degree:
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Duration: Two years; Attendance: One day per week
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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A typical offer will be made to nurses and allied professional at Band 6* and above or ST4-ST6 psychiatrists in training. Professionals from other disciplines such as social work are welcome to apply depending on their level of clinical experience and the appropriateness of their work setting to the content of the course.
*Some senior Band 5 grades may be considered for the course on individual merit and with full support from their line managers/educational leads.
Home and EU - £4,600; Overseas - £9,400
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