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 Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training.
The course will take place on Thursday evenings from October 2022 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, in particular phenomenology as well as ideas drawn from art, literature, the politics of psychiatry, power and lived experience.
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.
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In addition to the regular meetings of each individual course, students from all the courses will be invited to attend a series of Study Programme Saturday morning online seminars and a reading group.
Andrea Heath & Lucy King
Experiential Group Facilitators:
Laura Lauberte & James Mann
Reading Group Facilitators;
Daniel Bristow & Iain Strong
Autumn Term Saturday Study Programme Seminar
25 November & 2 December 2023
See HERE for details
Experiential Group begins at 6.15pm and lasts ninety minutes.
The experiential group has no agenda apart from attending to how this particular group forms and develops, the contribution each person makes, and whether we can learn from the experience to understand what a group is.
Seminars are 90 mins long and begin at 8pm
October 19 & 26 2023
Nietzsche & Psychotherapy
November 2 & 9
Why Philosophy ?
November 16 & 23
Laing & Anti-Psychiatry
30 & 7 December
Theory: It's use and misuse
Spring Term Saturday Seminars
January 27 2024
10 - 11.30am
PA Communities- What are we doing there ?
Amy Ison, Kay Holmes, Nina Shores
February 3 & 10
Kingsley Hall Journals
January 25 & 1 February 2024
Psychotherapy and the Decentred Subject
February 22 & 29
Virtue and Character in Psychotherapy
March 7 & 14
The Psychoanalytic Concept of Transference
April 11 & 18
Societies Heteronormativity and understanding the queer experience in our world and the consulting room.
25 & 2 May
Buddhism & Psychotherapy
May 9 & 16
Social Class & Psychotherapy
May 23 & 30
Learning how to read again (and again), or teaching how to curse: counter-colonial conversations (can reading poetry help us to listen? Can writing help us to read? And what of responding in kind or with kindness?)
Phenomenology of art ‘making’