The Interpretation of Dreams announced psychoanalysis to the world in 1900. In it, Freud proposed that "the most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness". This psychoanalytic position revolutionised our understanding of mental life and the basis of any psychological intervention. Psychoanalysis is a clinical practice which attends to the hidden, unconscious processes of the mind. Its epoch-marking insights shed invaluable light on the fragility of meaning in our lives and on the dynamics of mental functioning and its collapse in illness. Psychoanalysis stands at the origin of all the major developments in psychotherapy over the past 100 years. The MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is designed for graduates with a primary degree, or postgraduate higher diploma, which included psychoanalytic topics as a major component. A combination of the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies (or equivalent) and the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, at Dublin Business School, should fulfil current requirements of a four-year training that is expected by the professional bodies in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It is designed to introduce students, in a thorough and rigorous way, to clinical settings as a basis for their entry into practice in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- A training based on a series of clinical placements one day a week in Years 1 and 2 in mental health and educational settings, supervised by senior mental health professionals in each placement.
- Infant observation experience with small group supervision supervised by a highly qualified tutor in the field.
- A final year of supervised appointment based clinical practice in settings recommended by the College. Students engage an individual psychoanalytic supervisor for this work, the fee for which is independent of the DBS programme fee.
- Weekly Psychiatric Case Conference at St Vincent's University Hospital followed by a Clinical Seminar.
- Weekly psychoanalytic supervision in a small group setting.
- An academic programme of lectures presented by clinicians.
It is also required that students take up their own personal psychoanalysis. Cost associated with personal psychoanalysis is independent of the DBS programme fee.
Supervised clinical placements occupy one day per week in Years 1 and 2 of the programme.
Over the 18 years the MA has been running, placements have been arranged in the following settings:
- Department of Psychiatry, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
- Department of Old Age Psychiatry, St. Ita's Portrane and Beaumont Hospital
- Stewarts Hospital, Palmerstown
- Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health Research, St. Vincents University Hospital
- Navan Mental Health Service
- St Audoen's National School, Dublin 8
- Dolphin Homework Club, Dolphin's Barn
- Kilbarrack Coast Community Project
- Saol project, Dublin 1
- St. Enda's National School, Dublin 2
- Tower Probation Project, Clondalkin
- Crumlin Mental Health Services
- Wheatfield Prison
Graduates with formal psychoanalytic study in their primary degree comparable to the study on the Higher Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies or the equivalent.