Introduction to psychoanalytic theories and concepts
Our longstanding foundational course, in central Bristol, for anyone interested in psychoanalytic theory.
Who’s it for?
This course is ideal for:
- anyone with a personal or professional interest in psychoanalytic ideas
- applicants to our psychotherapy training needing a foundational course in psychoanalytic theory
- counsellors and psychotherapists, qualified or in training, from other modalities
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.
- 20 weekly seminars and discussion group in central Bristol*
- Wednesdays 6.30-9.00pm in the autumn and winter terms. (Click here for term dates)
- Reading might sometimes be recommended prior to a seminar but there are no assignments to complete.
Cost: £900 (includes £100 deposit)
A small bursary of up to £200 is available (depending on funds) for those in financial need. See the application form for more information.
Please note, we set fees each year and a slight annual increase should be expected.
Please ensure you read over our payment terms here.
How to apply
Applications open from 1st April each year.
Application closing date: 31st August each year
Please contact us if you are considering applying after the closing date.
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- 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.
On completion of this course you could apply to one of our pre-clinical courses as either a stand-alone course or as part of ongoing training to become a psychotherapist.