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Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health (Part-time)

In collaboration with the West London Mental Health NHS Trust, this part-time course enables you to analyse and evaluate psychotherapeutic approaches, theories and practice relating to the work of the mental health practitioner.

Qualification: MSc

Credits: 180

Study mode: Part-time

Location: West London Mental Health NHS

Duration: Two years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

This innovative, multi-disciplinary masters degree has been created for mental health and other professionals who are interested in developing skills and competences in psychotherapeutic approaches with complex cases and personality disorders within generic and forensic settings.

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.

What will this course cover?

There are five distinct elements to this master's degree:

  • an understanding of the basic theoretical framework of psychodynamic theory and practice
  •  an applied element to enable the student to reflect upon the emotional impact of being with the patient
  • an understanding of group and organizational dynamics and how these shape all other relationships
  • teaches a structured model of inter personal dynamic consultation for multi disciplinary teams
  • support for undertaking a dissertation which includes a taught element of research methods.

Year One

  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Individuals
  • Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Groups

Year Two

  • Interpersonal Dynamic Consultation
  • Dissertation for Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health

What are the entry requirements?

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.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry
We are currently reviewing our fees for this course.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You may be eligible for a postgraduate loan. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our postgraduate funding section.

Fees for September 2016 to August 2017 entry

Part-time Home and EU:

Year one: £4,700

Year two: £2,450

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

To make an application for this course please download and print the following forms:

Application form
Guidance notes
Academic Reference form
Clinical Reference form
Fee authorisation form

Once these are complete please return them to:

Student Recruitment
Bucks New University
106 Oxford Road

Alternatively, if you contact the enquiries team, then they can post you a hard copy application pack.

How will you help me prepare for my future career?

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.