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Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health

Two Years
Start Dates:
Part -time, One day per week
West London Mental Health Trust - Ealing Site
Key Contact:
Dr Gabriel Kirtchuk
Key Contact:
Mr John Gordon

Is this course suitable 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. Graduates will have the equivalent to the Institute of Group Analysis Introductory Course.


Year one:

Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Individuals (60 Credits)
Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Working with Groups (60 Credits)

Year two:

Interpersonal Dynamic Consultation (30 Credits)
Dissertation: Psychotherapeutic Approaches in Mental Health (30 Credits)


There are five distinct elements to this masters degree.

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

Teaching and learning

The teaching staff is composed of senior professionals in the field, all of whom are currently working in NHS settings and have been teaching this modality for many years.

Entry requirements

Nurses and allied professional at Band 6* and above; 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 to make an application

For more information and an application form please contact:

Ms Marie O’Donnell
Telephone: 020 8354 8934 (Internal extn 8934)
E mail:

Upon submission of an application the applicant will be invited to meet with a member of staff and a representative of Buckinghamshire New University to discuss the potential usefulness of the course for their professional development.

Students funded by the NHS or other employer

If the cost of your course is being funded by your employer, please contact your education lead or manager for guidance as to how they would prefer you to make an application.

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