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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Introduction
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.

Programme Structure
- 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.

Placements
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

Suited to:
Graduates with formal psychoanalytic study in their primary degree comparable to the study on the Higher Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies or the equivalent.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:
- A minimum second-class honours (2.2) in an undergraduate degree which has included an identifiable, formal component of psychoanalytic study or the DBS Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies, or

- A qualification with the equivalent psychoanalytic studies from a recognised third-level institution

- An IELTS score of a minimum 6.5 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- A personal statement of approximately 400 words outlining why they wish to pursue this particular course

- There are also two interviews with psychoanalytic practitioners as part of the entry process in order to assess suitability.

Duration

Part-time: 3 years.

* Please be advised that daytime attendance is required on some modules throughout the three-year programme. For further information please contact the Admissions Office.

Careers or further progression

Careers
For students who wish to pursue training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist but who have minimal clinical exposure to the phenomena of mental suffering, which include psychiatric illness, addiction, learning disability, etc. this MA provides the ideal initial step of that training. Currently a basic requirement for entry into work in the field of mental health is having experience of mental health settings during training. The MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is unique in Ireland in providing a very impressive number of hours in challenging clinical settings. A graduate with this amount of experience, should satisfy concerns of any potential employer regarding their ability to work in such settings. In addition, the MA provides a basis for developing private practice in the years following graduation. For the duration of the MA, students begin their own personal analysis, the cornerstone of any practice calling itself psychoanalytic.

Graduates are eligible to become members of The Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Ireland, a recognised professional body for psychotherapists in Ireland.

Over the years, the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy has provided a very stimulating basis, not only for those graduates who wish to pursue work and practice in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, but also for graduates who have taken up social and community care work in artistic and creative settings.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie

Subjects taught

Psychiatric Case Conference & Seminar
Clinical Supervision
Supervised Clinical Experience
Infant Observation
The Clinic of the Unconscious
Sexuality
Psychopathology
Applications of Psychoanalysis
Ethics of Clinical Practice
Research Seminar and Thesis

Comment

Postgraduate School of Arts
The Postgraduate School of Arts is dedicated to the mission of DBS to provide students with the opportunity to develop themselves academically as well as personally through study within the arts, humanities and social sciences. The School of Arts has built an excellent reputation at undergraduate level in areas such as psychology, psychoanalysis, counselling, philosophy, film studies, psychotherapy, drama, journalism and social science. Within the School of Arts the Department of Psychotherapy currently offers six programmes: MA in Psychotherapy, MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, MA in Addiction Studies, Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies and the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Psychology. The Postgraduate School of Arts has the objective of being a centre of excellence for education and research in the areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Postgraduate School wants to provide students with a unique learning experience that is supported by a dedicated staff who are all very experienced and highly qualified in their field. We intend to maintain an educational environment in which the professional and personal aspects of the student-staff relationship are balanced in such a way that the learning experience is very enjoyable and in which the transmission of knowledge and skills find their optimum level.

The Postgraduate School of Arts is connected to an international network of academics and academic institutions. We are committed to maintaining and extending this network of collaborative relationships and to transmitting the benefits of these relationships to our local communities through our research, participation and indeed above all, through providing these communities with an opportunity to avail of an educational experience that is unique.

Assessment method

Assessment
- Continuous assessment of clinical practice
- Continuous assessment and end of year report in Infant Observation
- Continuous assessment and examination relating to academic components
- Research thesis at the end of the programme.

Enrolment and start dates

EU APPLICANTS
Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and submit it online or return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements including English language if applicable.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, work permit (if applicable) and passport

- The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the Admissions Office for an application form.

For further information please contact:
The Postgraduate Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

NON-EU Applicants:
Non-EU Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable)

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the International Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The International Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: international@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

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