INTRODUCTORY COURSE IN PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

The Introductory Course is both a stand alone certificate course and an introduction to study at the PA. Students who complete the IC can apply to the one year Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the full Analytic Psychotherapy Training. 

 

OVERVIEW

The course takes place on Tuesday evenings at our premises in Hampstead, north London, and consists of a weekly seminar and an experiential group. Each student will be allocated a personal tutor.

You will be invited to study  past and current psychological theories and treatments of human suffering taught in conjunction with philosophy and phenomenology as well as ideas drawn from art, literature, the politics of psychiatry, power and lived experience. 

REQUIREMENTS

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. 

Being a student at the PA means you will have access to our small library and you will also be invited to attend regular PA events and contribute to the PA newsletter.

 

APPLICATION AND FEES

Application is by interview. The course costs £840 plus a £50 interview fee. 

There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income
 

To apply, please contact courses@philadelphia-association.com and office@philadelphia-association.com

 

 

 

 

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

2

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
Nietzsche, scepticism and psychotherapy
Onel Brooks

 

12, 19 May
Dreams 
Emma Stoker

 

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

 

9, 16 June 

Thinking about Solitude and Community with reference to the current pandemic

Alison Davies & Fliss Cadbury 

 

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