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Emotional factors in learning and

teaching: counselling aspects in

teaching (D1)
Postgraduate Certificate
Postgraduate Diploma
MA / Masters
September 2014
Course Type
On site
Course Length
1 - 3 years
Study Attendance
Part - time
Course Overview
This course introduces the relevance of psychoanalytic ideas to education, explores
emotional factors that help and hinder the learning relationship, and promotes wellbeing
in schools.
Who is this course for?
This course is designed for you if you work in the field of education in any of the
following roles, or in a related position:
head of year
special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO)
college tutor
learning support assistant
learning mentor
educational psychologist
school counsellor
adult trainer or coach
Course outline
The course consists of the following elements:
lectures and workshops
work discussion group sessions
experiential group observations
dissertation seminars
personal tutorials

Years one and two

You will attend a weekly lecture or workshop which will explore key psychoanalytic ideas
and look at their relevance to education.Topics include: observation, obstacles to
learning, racism, transition, the nature of learning across the life-span, inclusion and
exclusion, play, special needs and working with parents. In year two, you will focus on
group and institutional dynamics and explore what goes on beneath the surface of
In work discussion groups you will present your own interactions with children and
adolescents and discuss other course members experiences within their work settings.
In your seminar groups you will work towards a better understanding of interactions, their
impact and the meaning of behaviour.This reflective space will assist you to carry on
thinking and working in troubling, unsettling and puzzling situations.

Year two
You will attend an experiential group which studies group life as it evolves. There will be
opportunities to experience the beginning of a groups life, how group processes
develop, how roles are taken up, how issues of authority and leadership are negotiated
and how a group copes with breaks and ending.You will participate as an observer of
the group, attempting to understand the conscious and unconscious dynamics which
influence it.

Year three
You will research and write your Masters dissertation. You will be supported by a weekly
seminar in the first term, to discuss your ideas and prepare a proposed outline of your
paper. Once your chosen topic of study is approved, you will attend a fortnightly seminar
to discuss the progress of your dissertation, in parallel with meetings with your individual
Why study with us?
This course will:
help you with the work you are doing with troubled and challenging children or
adolescents and their families in education settings
give you time to reflect on your teaching practice in a supportive atmosphere,
which can have a positive impact on attainment and academic success
help you to better understand and sustain your working role in education in
challenging circumstances
build on your continuing professional development
Written assignments, clinical assessments (where relevant) and a dissertation. There are
no written examinations for this course.
Thursday evenings during school term-time, 5.30pm-9.30pm.
Three years, part-time.
Academic award
On successful completion of this course you will be awarded an MA, accredited by the
University of East London. The following intermediate awards are also available:
Postgraduate Certificate (after successful completion of year one)
Postgraduate Diploma (after successful completion of year two)
You will also be eligible for membership of the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapy and
Allied Professions.
Entry requirements
The programme is open to anyone working in the field of education. If you have a first
degree and professional qualifications, thats ideal, but we strongly encourage you to
apply even if you dont, as long as you have life experience and a spirit of enquiry and
participation. You must work in an educational setting throughout the course.
For UK students starting in 2014, fees will be 2,500 per year.
Course dates
Autumn term - 29 September to 12 December 2014
Spring term - 05 January to 20 March 2015
Summer term - 13 April to 22 May 2015
Closing date for applications
9 June 2014. Late applications will be considered in late August/early September.
What students say?
This course showed me the invisible aspects of the pedagogical relationship. It
opened a new perspective, where reflection was truly a possibility.
Ana Reis, Year two student 2013

This course has helped me to understand where challenging behaviour comes

from and has enabled me to deal with difficult behaviour in a more effective and
calm way.
Adam Rossello, Year three student 2013

Course Admin
Paul Haviland
Course Administrator
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