Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts

SIP’s longstanding foundational course is ideal for anyone with a personal or professional interest in psychoanalytic theory.

On this course you will explore psychoanalysis as an approach to the unconscious and its expression in human development and relationships. The first term focuses on theories of the mind and the second will explore clinical phenomena and concepts which both inform, and have arisen from, these theories.

Indicative content includes the theories of Freud, Jung, Klein, Bion, Winnicott, the British Independent School. Clinical phenomena and concepts such as the Oedipus Complex, narcissism, projective identification and, transference and countertransference. Clinical contexts such as groups and organisations; couples; children and young people; and bereavement.

This course is ideal for:

  • anyone with a personal or professional interest in psychoanalytic theory ideas
  • applicants to our psychotherapy training needing a foundational course in psychoanalytic theory
  • mental health practitioners, counsellors, and psychotherapists, qualified or in training, from other modalities

More information

Time commitmentAssessmentVenueEntry requirementsCourse FeesHow to applyWhat next?

Time commitment

Whilst seminars are scheduled so more than one Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought & Practice course can be undertaken in the same academic year, it is important to be realistic about the time commitment when deciding which courses to take in any one year.

You should also factor for time spent reading, travelling and, for those seeking to apply for clinical training, weekly training therapy.

CourseTime commitment
Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts70-minute seminar followed by a 1 hour discussion group each week (on a Wednesday evening) across two 10-week terms
Classical Freudian Theory90-minute seminar each week (on a Monday afternoon or evening) across three 10-week terms
Work Discussion90-minute seminar each week (on a Monday afternoon or evening) across three 10-week terms
Infant Observation90-minute seminar each week (on a Monday afternoon or evening) across six 10-week terms + weekly 1 hour observation

Assessment

For those attending SIP’s Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts or Classical Freudian Theory courses, reading may be required prior to a seminar but there are no papers or assignments to complete

For those attending SIP’s Infant Observation and Work Discussion courses, you will be encouraged to complete a paper (and are required to, if wishing to apply to one of SIP’s BPC-accredited clinical trainings). Those who submit and pass the paper will be awarded a SIP certificate. Those who elect not to submit paper will receive a CPD certificate of attendance.

Venue

Our Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought & Practice courses are delivered online. As one of the leading psychotherapy training institutes in the South West UK, we have members and associates throughout the region which means that both training therapy and supervision is available to those based in Bristol as well as further afield.

Entry requirements

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts

No minimum entry requirements.

Classical Freudian Theory

No minimum entry requirements.

Infant Observation

Applicants are required to attend an interview and pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check. Applicants are also encouraged to be in (at least) weekly psychotherapy with a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

Work Discussion

You should work or be volunteering in a situation that is primarily aimed at helping others. You should have regular one-to-one contact with, for example, clients, students or patients, and the contact should not be diluted by too great an administrative role.

This course might be of interest not only to counsellors and psychotherapists, but also to people working or volunteering in teaching, medical roles, social work, caring settings, support work, advice agencies, or befrienders and buddy roles. Completion of this course (or equivalent) is a requirement for our clinical training.

Course fees

CourseFee payable
2023-24 Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts£1,047 (includes £100 deposit, payable upon submission of application)
2024-25 Classical Freudian Theory£1,613 (includes £200 deposit, payable upon submission of application)
2024-25 Work Discussion£1,613 (includes £200 deposit, payable upon submission of application)
2024-25 Infant Observation£1,613 (includes £200 deposit, payable upon submission of application) + £53 DBS check fee (if required)

In addition to training fees you should budget for such things as training therapy, supervision, books, stationery and travel.

>> Please ensure you read over SIP’s payment terms and conditions here.

Iris Tute Bursaries

This is a small fund open to anyone applying to join SIP’s Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought & Practice courses who would otherwise be prevented from pursuing their interest in psychotherapy. Subject to funds, SIP offers a limited number of £200 bursaries to help students with course fees.

The deadline for applications for Iris Tute Bursary Fund support for the 2023-24 academic year (1st September 2023 – 31st August 2024) is 31st July 2023.

>> SIP’s Iris Tute bursary application form can be completed online here.

The fund is named The Iris Tute Bursary in remembrance of the work and generosity of Iris Tute, a former member of SIP who wanted psychotherapy and training in psychotherapy to be as accessible as possible.

SIP’s Welsh Bursary Fund

The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy (SIP) has received a generous donation aimed at supporting the promotion of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thinking and practice in Wales.

The objective of The Welsh Bursary initiative is to promote the application of psychoanalytic ideas and techniques for a range of educational, health and welfare services in Wales. It also offers financial support to students and trainees who would otherwise be unable to pursue their interest, study, and training in psychotherapy with SIP.

The Welsh Bursary Fund may assist with, for example, running or attending a workshop, or subsidising travel costs, supervision or academic resources for SIP students or trainees, up to a maximum sum of £3,000.

The deadline for applications for Welsh Bursary Fund support for the 2023-24 academic year (1st September 2023 – 31st August 2024) is 31st July 2023.

>> SIP’s Welsh Bursary Fund application form can be completed online here.

How to apply

We encourage you to make contact prior to application by, for example, attending an Open Evening event (normally held in March and/or May each year).

Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought & Practice Course Application FormEquality Monitoring Form>> Complete online

Application closing dates and course start dates

CourseApplication closing dateCourse start date
2023-24 Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts22nd October 20231st November 2023 (See term dates here)
2024-25 Classical Freudian Theory30th June 202416th September 2024
2024-25 Work Discussion30th June 202416th September 2024
2024-25 Infant Observation30th June 202416th September 2024

Please note:

  • If you have particular access needs please let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss how best to meet these.
  • Courses will only run in any academic year subject to sufficient applications.
  • We follow an equal opportunities policy in our selection procedure.
  • We reserve the right to alter our existing constitution, criteria for membership, training procedures, timetables and assessments.

What next?

  • On completion of SIP’s Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theories & Concepts course you may wish to apply to join other Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought & Practice courses as either a stand-alone course, or as part of ongoing training to become a BPC-accredited psychotherapist.
  • For those wishing to apply to our BPC-accredited clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, completion of Classical Freudian Theory and Work Discussion is required.
  • For those wishing to apply to our BPC-accredited clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, completion of Infant Observation (2 years), Classical Freudian Theory and Work Discussion is required.