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Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Our Centre is recognised internationally as one of the leading centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. We foster creative new ways of looking at these areas and our world-class research is evidence of this.

Located within one of the best faculty of social sciences in the UK, our Centre is surrounded by strong departments that support our work. More than three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014) and in the most recent National Student Survey, we achieved 94% satisfaction.

Drawing on our research excellence, the Centre offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses and research opportunities in both psychoanalytic and Jungian thought. At Essex you are taught and supervised by senior clinicians and world-class scholars.

Our students come from a wide variety of professional and educational backgrounds. Many are working professionals who study with us to develop their careers or to gain a better understanding of the subject in order to become better practitioners in areas such as refugee care, organisational dynamics, community, educational and social care, as well as psychotherapy.

Our graduates take their expertise into practically every area of life, not just the psychotherapy professions and continued academic work, but also the worlds of the arts, business, education, journalism, philosophy, politics, religion, and social work - wherever there is need for deeper awareness about the experiencing person and the unconscious mind. Our distinctive courses provide a pluralistic and non-sectarian environment, in which various depth psychological models of the unconscious are critically examined (especially Freudian, Jungian, and British Object Relations).

We have a thriving international community of about 80 students researching for a PhD or Professional Doctorate. In addition we offer experiential days and residential short courses on working with groups. We have strong links with the local National Health Service, care services and professional institutions that allow students to keep up to date with current trends


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(Southend) Crossing the Lines: Finding Voice and Identity In Unfamiliar Places

This conference is an experiential learning event designed to support reflection at a time of significant change. At international, national and community level this is a period of “shifting sands”. With so much personal and social movement, what does it take to hold one’s place? Equally, how do we find the courage to encounter the new, instead of just defending one’s position. These are the proposed themes of the conference. This event is for all those who are interested in exploring aspects of leadership, followership and their role in the workplace and elsewhere. The weekend consists of a range of small group, large group and inter-group events which enable participants to learn about the impact they have on others, and the impact others have on them, in a managed context. The conference makes use group relations methodology. It is designed and delivered by staff and associates of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. Conference Fee £550 for external participants - £50 early bird discount for bookings made by 21 January 2019. £500 concessions - £50 early bird discount for bookings made by 21 January 2019. Conference Accommodation The conference is full board with single room accommodation provided for all participants.

Open Days

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