0207 794 2652  office@philadelphia-association.org.uk

4 Marty’s Yard, 17 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1QW

Registered Charity No. 242475

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 office@philadelphia-association.org.uk.

FULL PROGRAMME

Experiential group facilitator: Daniela Bruni 

2019–20

TIMINGS

• 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

2019

TERM 1

8 October  
5.30pm – i
ntroductions  

Mary Enright, Andrea Heath, Lucy King 


Why the PA?
Barbara Latham

 

15, 22 October 
Beginnings
Miranda Glossop

29 October, 5 November 
What is psychoanalysis? 
Marie-Laurie Davenport 

 

12, 19 November 
Introduction to the psychoanalytic concept of transference
Jeremy Cutler  


26 November, 3 December
When are notions of ethics and trust (and our theories in general) detrimental to psychotherapy?
Del Loewenthal

2020

TERM 2

21, 28 January
What is community? 
Jake Osborne

 

4, 11 February 
The legacy of Laing
Kevin Ball 

 

18 February  
David Cooper's anti-psychiatry 
Rob White 

 

25 February, 4 March 
[Title TBC
Lucy King

 

10, 17 March 
Nietzsche, scepticism and psychotherapy 
Onel Brooks

 

TERM 3

5  May
On affliction
Andrea Heath  

 

12, 19 May
Dreams 
Emma Stoker

 

26 May, 2 June 
Shame, guilt and the road towards self-acceptance
Eli Jesner

 

9, 16 June 
What is the therapy space? 
Alison Davies

 

23, 30 June 
Is psychoanalytic theory useful in thinking about today’s varied contemporary family configurations?
Lakis Georghiou

30 June

5.30pm – end-of-year discussion

Andrea Heath and Lucy King