This innovative new programme is one of the only of its kind in the UK. It combines the burgeoning, innovative and multidisciplinary field of psychosocial studies with an exploration of the principles that underpin psychodynamic counselling. It is run in conjunction with Birkbeck's thriving BA Psychosocial Studies programme, so you can explore social processes and experiences, including key ideas such as love, hate, power and change, while also studying the principles that underpin the practice of psychodynamic counselling. As the two subjects speak to one another, you will look at how individual identity, including unconscious structures and dynamics, are developed in conjunction with, and do not exist apart from, the social categories and processes that shape our experience of who we are. The course is designed for those who want to understand the psychological and social dynamics and structures that create our social identity and to undertake a preparatory study of the practice of psychodynamic counselling, as a means of engaging directly with other people. One of the programme’s distinctive features is that it explores some of the key assumptions and principles of psychodynamic counselling, including how psychodynamic counsellors and therapists work clinically, from a psychosocial perspective. The programme has also been designed to facilitate the development of your self-awareness and emotional sensibility, alongside the acquisition of intellectual knowledge, which could help you develop your personal interest or professional aspirations in any number of areas within the caring professions. It has been designed for students who are interested in a future career in psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy, or those who wish to apply the principles and methods of psychodynamic counselling to their work or their lives.