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 takes place on Monday 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, 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.
Introductory Course in Philosophy and Psychotherapy
Course Coordinators - Lucy King, Andrea Heath
Experiential Group Facilitator - Daniela Bruni
Administration - Mary Enright, Michele Morgan
Experiential group begins at 6.15pm and lasts ninety minutes
Seminar begins at 8pm and lasts ninety minutes
18 & 25 October
Why Philosophy ?
1 &8 November
Theory in Psychotherapy - Use and misuse
15 & 22 November
What is community?
29 & 6 Dec
Ethics, Existentialism, Politics and Psychoanalysis - what in psychotherapeutic practice should come first?’
Andrea Heath & Lakis Georghiou
24 & 31 January 2022
Politics of Therapy 1: R. D. Laing
Politics of Therapy 2: David Cooper
7 & 14 February
Buddhism & Psychotherapy
21 & 28 February
7 & 14 March
Maria Iturri and Miles Clapham
21 & 28 March
Darwin to Freud - On the Origin of Treatment
9 & 16 May
Reading, resounding and responding: the grace, humility and intelligence of ordinary language poetry, philosophy and psychotherapy
23 & 30 May
Extraordinary Experiences (William James and Laing)
6 & 13 June
20 & 27 June