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ONLINE COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY, PHILOSOPHY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY 

(Theory & Practice)

 

CPD 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. 

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.

Interviews for 2022/23 start in April. Click here to apply.

PROGRAMME

Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

Experiential Group Facilitators:

Jeremy Cutler & Emma Stroker

Administration: Iain Strong, Sophia Raja

 

TERM 1

 

Wednesday Evenings 

EXPERIENTIAL GROUP 6—7.30pm

SEMINARS 8—9.30pm 

19, 26 October 2022

Theory in Psychotherapy — Use and misuse

Lucy King

2, 9 November

What is Community?

Jake Osborne

 

16, 23 November  

Ethics and Character in Psychotherapy

Elie Jesner

 

30 November  

Working Relationally

Andy Metcalf

 

Weekend 1 

 

Saturday 10 December 

11—12.30 & 1.30—3pm

How far has psychotherapy been an enabler of neoliberal values like individualism, social inequality and the centrality of the market?

How far has it been a force for positive social and cultural change as well as individual development?

Can psychotherapy undermine and transcend the dominion of money and social injustice?

Nicola Saunders

Paul Atkinson

 

Sunday 11 December

11—12.30

Psychotherapy and the Decentred Subject

Del Loewenthal

1.30—3pm

Experiential Group

 

 

TERM 2 

 

Wednesday Evenings 

EXPERIENTIAL GROUP 6—7.30pm

 

SEMINARS 8—9.30pm 


25 January & 1 February 2023 

Asylums 

Andrea Heath, Amy Ison & Ian McMillan 

8 February

Anti-psychiatry

Miles Clapham

 

15, 22 February

Homelessness and Psychosis 

Andreas Constandinos 

1, 8 March

Suicide 

Ben Scanlan

 

Weekend 2

Saturday 18 March

11—12.30

Early Relationships

Pamela Stewart

1.30 - 3

Sibling Rivalry: Finding their Way

Theory and Conversation

Lakis Georghiou

Sunday 19 March

11—12.30 

The Organisation as a Source of Individual Purpose

Dan Sofer

 

1.30—3pm

Experiential Group

 

TERM 3

Wednesday Evenings 

EXPERIENTIAL GROUP 6—7.30pm

 

SEMINARS 8—9.30pm 

26 April, 3 May

Class & Psychotherapy

Paul Gurney

10 & 17 May

 

 

24, 31 May

Friendship, Beauty and Justice: On Being Fair​

Robbie Lockwood 

 

Weekend 3

Saturday 17 June 

11—12.30 & 1.30—3pm

Transgenerational Hauntings

Paul Zeal

 

Sunday 18 June 2022

11—12.30

On Endings

Mark Elmer

1.30—3pm

Experiential Group