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Introduction to Psychoanalytic Ideas and their application to work with adults, children and infants

About this course


The course will be divided into 2 sections. The first, an Introduction to psychoanalytic thinking will provide a developmental view on core concepts such as the Unconscious, the internal world, sexuality and aggression, affects and defences. The second will focus on the clinical process – the setting, the therapeutic relationship and clinical process. The final seminar will look at the interface between psychoanalysis and attachment.  

The course will cover

  • Seminar 1: Introduction to psychoanalysis and the internal world, Phillip McGill
  • Seminar 2: Introduction to psychoanalysis and the internal world continued, Philip McGill
  • Seminar 3: A developmental view of deficit and conflict, Inge Pretorius
  • Seminar 4: Sexuality and aggression, Angela Joyce
  • Seminar 5: Affects and defences, Angela Joyce
  • Seminar 6: The analytic setting, Anna Streeruwitz
  • Seminar 7: The relation of the patient to the analyst, Anat Gedulter-Treiman
  • Seminar 8: The analyst’s experience of the patient, Anat Gedulter-Treiman
  • Seminar 9: Clinical process - interpretation, working through, containment resistance, Carol Broughton
  • Seminar 10: Interface of psychoanalysis and attachment, Inge Pretorius

Aims of the course?

  • To familiarise participants with core analytic concepts relevant to their practice
  • To provide an analytic framework for understanding development
  • To extend understanding of interpersonal processes between therapist and patient

Who is this course suitable for?

Therapists, psychologists and professional practitioners working with infants, children and adults who are interested in incorporating psychoanalytic ideas about development into their theoretical framework and practice.


You will be required to read a set of book chapters/articles before each seminar. Reading will be provided to you approximately 6 weeks before each seminar.