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NEW FOR 2021

ONLINE COURSE: COMMUNITY IN THEORY AND PRACTICE

The pandemic has exposed and intensified the existing inequalities of an already profoundly unfair society. Many people who were precarious and isolated before the coronavirus struck now feel even more marginalised. We are living through a social transformation whose outcome is uncertain: it is doubtful whether the “new normal” will actually improve the conditions of ordinary life. One thing is clear, however: more of our time is going to be spent online. Sociologists have even begun to speak of the Internet as our “home”, though for some this means the boredom and blurred boundaries of work-from-home. Psychotherapists and other practitioners who have moved their practice onto digital platforms such as Zoom may never fully return to face-to-face work, and this is just as big a shift for those who use their services as it is for the practitioners themselves.

 

Online communication has the power to create new forms of dialogue and debate. People who might otherwise never meet can now talk via Zoom and other platforms. Do virtual platforms offer the opportunity for meaningful connection through online conversation? This is a question to be explored in both theory and practice by this new course which includes seminars on a variety of psychotherapeutic, philosophical and social questions.

 

As part of the PA’s study programme, this online course has been developed to meet the demand for those interested in the PA’s work (and our continuing enquiry into the assumptions we carry about ourselves and others) who aren’t able to attend our established in-person courses in London. 

The course will comprise of three terms of seven Wednesday evenings (seminar and experiential group) plus one weekend per term (full programme below). 

APPLICATION AND FEES

Application is by interview. The course costs £640 plus a £50 interview fee. There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income.

The course is both a stand alone certificate course and an introduction to study at the PA.  Students who complete the course can apply to both the Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training. 

 

 

COURSE PROGRAMME

Course Coordinators 

Lucy King

Andrea Heath

 

TERM ONE 

EXPERIENTIAL GROUP 6 - 7.30pm

Facilitators - Emma Stroker & Jeremy Cutler

SEMINARS 8 - 9.30pm 

20 & 27 Oct. 2021

The Shape of Psychotherapy

Lucy King 

 

3 & 10 November

What is Community ?

Jake Osborne

 

17 & 24  November  

On Phenomenology 

Miles Clapham

 

1 December  

Pros and Cons of Online Groups

Rob White  

 

 

Weekend 1 

 

Saturday 11 December 

1  - 2.30 & 1.30 - 3pm

Containing, Containers, Boundaries, Borders and Homes

Alison Davies & Mandy Carr 

 

Sunday 12 December

11 - 12.30 

 

1.30 - 3pm

Experiential Group

Emma Stroker & Jeremy Cutler 

 

 

 

TERM 2 

EXPERIENTIAL GROUP 6 - 7.30PM

Facilitators -  Emma Stroker & Jeremy Cutler

SEMINARS 8 - 9.30pm 


19 & 26  January 2022 

From Darwin to Freud - On the Origin of Treatment

Eli Jesner

2 & 9  February

Community and Social Class

Paul Gurney 

16  & 23  February

Homelessness and Psychosis 

Andreas Constandinos 


 

 

 

23 February & March 2 

Homecoming

Melike Kayhan

 

Weekend 2

Saturday 12 March

11 - 12.30 and 1.30-3.00pm

Community and Racism

Harjeet Sorya and Onel Brooks

  

Sunday 13 March

11 - 12.30 

The organisation as a source of individual purpose

Dan Sofer

1.30 - 3pm

Experiential Group

Emma Stroker & Jeremy Cutler 

 

 

TERM THREE

EXPERIENTIAL GROUP 6 - 7.30pm

Facilitators -  Emma Stroker & Jeremy Cutler

SEMINARS 8 - 9.30pm 

27 April & 4 May

On Exile 

Salma Bhatti 

 

11  May  

Asylums 

Andrea Heath & Lakis Georghiou

 

18 May

Scapegoat

 

25 May 

Suicide in the Community 

Ben Scanlon 

 

1 & 8 June

Reading, resounding and responding: the grace, humility and intelligence of

ordinary language, poetry, philosophy and psychotherapy

Robbie Lockwood 

 

Weekend 3

Saturday 18 June 

11 - 12.30 & 1.30 - 3pm

Family Constellations

Sunday 19 June 2022

Sunday Seminar

11 - 12.30

On Endings

Christina Moutsou

 

1.30 - 3pm

Experiential Group 

Emma Stroker & Jeremy Cutler