Master of Arts (MA) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
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, or 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 health and its collapse in illness. Psychoanalysis stands at the origin of all the major developments in psychotherapy over the past 100 years. It is designed to introduce students in a thorough and rigorous way to clinical settings and practice and so is a solid basis for work in the field of mental health as well as being a foundation for training 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 education settings supervised by senior mental health professionals in each placement.
•Infant observation experience 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 supervisor for this work the fee for which is independent of the DBS programme fee.
•Weekly Psychiatric Case Conference at St. Vincent's Hospital followed by a clinical seminar
•Weekly psychoanalytic supervision tutorial
•An academic programme of lectures presented by clinicians
It's 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 1 day per week for 40 weeks in years 1 & 2 of the programme. Year 3 will require 2 full days in clinical placements. Placements are either of between 10 and 40 week duration. Over the 14 years the MA has been running, placements have been arranged in the following settings:
•Department of Adult Psychiatry, Mater Misericordiae Hospital
•Department of Psychiatry, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street
•The Royal Hospital, Donnybrook
•Department of Old Age Psychiatry, St. Ita's Portrane & Beaumont Hospital
•Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Lucena Clinic, Orwell Road
•Stewarts Hospital, Palmerstown
•Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health Research, St. Vincents University Hospital
•Navan Mental Health Service
•St Audoen's National School, Dublin 8
•Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth Project, Dun Laoghaire
•Dolphin Homework Club, Dolphin's Barn
•Kilbarrack Coast Community Project
•Saol project, Dublin 1
•Shine Dublin 1
•St. Enda's National School, Dublin 2
•Tower Probation Project, Clondalkin