Course Content and Assessment

The course will cover the following topics and their application to practitioner's practice and work contexts:


Module 1: (the approach which will spiral throughout the other modules)

  • Research into common factors
  • Practitioner's use of self and the therapeutic relationship
  • Client-centred approach
  • The Client and their relational contexts
  • Client resilience
  • Self, practice, emotional, cognitive and relational reflexivity – an ethical stance
  • Internal supervisor and safe practice
  • Systemic questioning, systemic use of genograms and hypotheses
  • Countertransference and containment
  • Attachment concepts and the formation of therapeutic relationships


Module 2:

  • Integration of concepts from attachment theory with concepts from Family Life Cycle Theory
  • Use of object relations ideas in practice
  • Expanding the use of the genogram to include societal, political and philosophical contexts
  • Collaborative and Narrative Therapies and application to specific practice contexts
  • Power in relationships and in therapy


Module 3:

  • Re-visiting relational reflexivity and links to practice
  • Introduction to Emotionally Focussed therapy
  • Attunement, Reflective function and mentalising and client's emotional worlds
  • Reflecting on development of internal supervisor
  • Introduction to contemporary developments in neuroscience and links to learning

The award will be assessed via 3 written assignments. 2 presentations will also be assessed and practitioners will need to compose a reflexive portfolio which will be discussed with the course tutor at the end of each module.