Psyche Soma: The Body and Mind Relationship - Level 7 - 7TA515

About this module

The module combines experiential movement workshops, a basic  understanding of anatomy and physiology and the need for safety in practice with a variety of theoretical models and approaches.

An understanding of the mind-body relationship is developed through the integration of strands of related theory and practice: systems of the body and their parasympathetic significance.

Neuroscience and its relationship to psychoanalysis: embodied counter transference and psychosomatic reactions. The unconscious world of the prenatal and the preverbal body experience.

Developmental and Attachment theory/practice: the contribution to social, physical and emotional development of the above theoretical strands will be considered and will complement the understanding of the embodied self, explored through movement improvisation and reflection. The integration is possible as the theories of the body and mind relate to a non-dualistic understanding of the body, so that the understanding of the self as an embodied self is embraced by experience of the body.

Theoretical underpinnings include those theories more commonly  applied to verbal psychotherapy such as Freud, Jung, Reich and  Bowlby, as well as Dance Movement Psychotherapy theory and recent  developments in neuroscience.

Learning Beyond Registration

Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) is a vital part of developing competent, capable health service practitioners prepared to deliver a dynamic, flexible, quality, client-focused service. If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands then you may be eligible for fee-free access to our LBR modules and/or programmes. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply.

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Continuing Professional Development

CPD is a core element of every health and social care professional's development journey. We have CPD modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels (levels 6 and 7), which have all been tailored to meet the needs of practitioners and managers working within the health and social care sectors. We have modules to suit nurses, occupational therapists, hand therapists, radiographers, psychotherapists, and those working within complementary therapies.

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Which professions is this module aimed at? Occupational Therapy

Course code:- Module code: 7TA515

Start dates are usually: September 2014 as part of our MA Dance Movement Psychotherapy course.

Module level: Level 7

Module credits: 20 credits

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

  • Apply the principles of movement observation by critically evaluating its significance in the peer group.
  • Critically evaluate the importance of image and story in improvisation in the body/mind relationship.  

Fees and finance

Studying via LBR

If you're employed by the NHS in the East Midlands you may be eligible for fee-free access to out LBR modules. You'll need to supply evidence of approval from your line manager and Trust Education Lead when you apply. Find out more at

Self-funded CPD

If you're self-funding, then the team you need to contact depends upon how you wish to study. Some modules are available online whereas others are studied on campus, through distance learning or a mixture of the two.

Where will I study?

You'll study this module at our Derby campus, Kedleston Rd. 

Contact details

To find out more about studying this module through the LBR scheme, please contact the LBR team:

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For campus, blended or distance learning modules please contact the College of Health and Social care team:

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