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The members of the Philadelphia Association were thanked for their hospitality and openness and congratulated on continuing to provide a stimulating training of a very high standard that continued to attract committed trainees of a very high calibre attracted to the psychoanalytic project of the Association. The Association continues to be a valued Organisational Member of the CPJA [Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis], distinctive in their approach and thinking, and important in their critique of dominant therapeutic cultures.

U.K. COUNCIL FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY (UKCP)

 

PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY

The Philadelphia Association was founded in 1965 by R. D. Laing and others, and one of its charitable aims since the beginning has been the training of psychotherapists. Its core charitable aim is the alleviation of ‘mental distress’ and, after some debate as to the nature and purpose of such a programme, a psychotherapy training programme was developed initially under the guidance of John Heaton.

The training was and is aimed both at training therapists and challenging the concepts of mental illness, their perception in psychiatry and the wider world, and how such distress should be aided. The Training encourages a critical inquiry into what psychotherapy is, rather than being an initiation into particular theories and methods.

The Psychotherapy training is a four-year programme which is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) – Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. Students who successfully complete the Training are eligible both to become members of the Philadelphia Association and to register with the UKCP. The Training falls within the psychoanalytic psychotherapy grouping of the UKCP while retaining a critical and sceptical stance toward theory.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Study Programme courses students can begin the process of applying to train during the second term of the course. (Each student is assigned a tutor who is available to answer questions about applying.) Applicants are expected to submit a personal statement and a book review in preparation for a panel interview. They must also demonstrate some experience of helping people in distress, either professionally or as a volunteer, and have been, for a year before commencement of the Training, in twice-a-week therapy with a UKCP-registered therapist who has at least five years’ post-qualification experience.

This personal therapy continues throughout the Training, and trainees are also responsible for organizing their own supervision as soon as they start seeing clients, which may be quite soon after starting the programme.

 

Graduates of the Introductory Course in Philosophy and Psychotherapy, the online course:in Introduction to Community, Philosophy and Psychotherapy (Theory & Practice) and the Experiential Courses in Community and Psychotherapy can apply at any later date, since successful applicants are able to join the training at any time of the year.​​

 

COSTS

Application fee £150

Termly fee £450 (plus the cost of personal therapy and supervision)

The training group benefits from students from diverse backgrounds and we are committed to providing inclusive services. The Philadelphia Association is committed to keeping its fees as low as possible and can assist trainees to find affordable therapy and supervision.

COURSE PROGRAMME

Term 1

 

12, 19, 26  October 

The Assumptions of Psychoanalysis

Lucy King

 

2, 9, 16 November

Ethics, ontology, capitalism and psychotherapy:  Explorations, through case examples and with the help of Levinas and Marx, of issues arising when we consider as therapists our responsibility  for our clients’/ patients‘ responsibilities

Del Loewenthal 

 

23, 30, 7 December

Sexual Abuse of Children

Lakis Georghiou

 

14 December

The Monster Within and the Monster Without: Driving Psychoanalysis to the Future

Patricia Gherovici

 

Weekend 20/21 November 2021 

Boundaries

Alison Davies

 

 

Term 2

25 January, 1, 8 February 2022

Doing anthropology in the consulting room: co-constructing narratives of cultural complexity

Christina Moutsou

 

15, 22 February, 1 March

Wittgenstein and Psychotherapy

Paul Gurney

 

8 March

Suicide

Miles Clapham

 

15, 22, 29  March 

In The Teeth of Technicity: Heidegger, Individual Minds, Socio-political Context and Technological Thinking in Psychotherapy

Onel Brooks 

 

Weekend  27/28 February

Giving an Account of Oneself

James Mann

 

 

Term 3

3, 10  May

The PA Houses

 

17, 24 May

In Praise of Difficulty 

Barbara Latham

 

 

31 May, 7, 14 June    

Hatred and Aggression in Psychoanalytic Theory and Practice

Elie Jesner

 

21, 28 June, 5 July

The Psychosis Project

 

Weekend 25/26 June 

Family Constellations

Paul and Carol Zeal