INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
The PA runs a one-year Introductory Course which is a pathway onto the full Training. Starting every October, the Introductory Course takes place on Tuesday evenings at the PA premises in Hampstead, north London, and consists of seminars as well as a year-long experiential group. The course is an introduction to the PA’s thinking, approach and history of perennially questioning mainstream theories and treatments of human suffering. Thus psychoanalytic approaches are taught in conjunction with philosophy (from Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein to Derrida, Deleuze and Butler) as well as ideas drawn from art, literature, the radical politics of anti-psychiatry and other areas.
The Introductory Course benefits from groups of students who have a mix of backgrounds – the PA has never prized academic qualifications over other skills and experience. Sometimes people who never intended to become psychotherapists find that the Introductory Course inspires them to follow this path after all. Those who don’t carry on remain welcome members of the larger PA community.
The course costs £840 plus a £50 interview fee. To apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experiential group facilitator: Daniela Bruni
• 8 October: introduction to the course at 5.30pm
• In subsequent weeks, the room is open to students from 5.45pm
• Experiential group begins at 6.15pm and lasts ninety minutes
• 7.45pm break
• Seminar begins at 8pm and lasts ninety minutes
5.30pm – introductions
Mary Enright, Andrea Heath, Lucy King
Why the PA?
15, 22 October
29 October, 5 November
What is psychoanalysis?
12, 19 November
Introduction to the psychoanalytic concept of transference
26 November, 3 December
When are notions of ethics and trust (and our theories in general) detrimental to psychotherapy?
21, 28 January
What is community?
4, 11 February
The legacy of Laing
David Cooper's anti-psychiatry
25 February, 4 March
10, 17 March
Nietzsche, scepticism and psychotherapy
12, 19 May
26 May, 2 June
Shame, guilt and the road towards self-acceptance
9, 16 June
What is the therapy space?
23, 30 June
Is psychoanalytic theory useful in thinking about today’s varied contemporary family configurations?
5.30pm – end-of-year discussion
Andrea Heath and Lucy King