Provides a clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy contributing to professional qualification to practice.
Contributes to a rigorous theoretical study of the principles underlying psychoanalytic practice.
Includes participation at weekly psychiatric case conferences at St Vincent's University Hospital - a unique teaching forum bringing together psychiatric and psychoanalytic responses to mental illness
Can form part of a four-year continuous Special Modality Training (SMT) in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
This part-time 2 year programme provides a critical and theoretical understanding of the principles underlying psychoanalytic psychotherapy and contributes to the professional training necessary to undertake this therapeutic method with adults. Since its inception, the programme has produced over 200 graduates. It caters largely for mental health professionals, which include doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, therapists, counsellors and nurses. The programme also accepts applications from candidates from other backgrounds who are suitable for the programme on the basis of their own prior experience of psychoanalysis.
Who Should Take This Course?
The course caters largely for:
• Mental health professionals
• Social workers
In recent years its remit has broadened to accommodate a range of individuals from other professional backgrounds, ranging from the arts and academia, through to teaching, including business and the law.
The course has produced over 200 graduates, the majority of whom continue to work in their primary professions using psychoanalytic principles to inform that work. Many set up their own private practice, while remaining in personal therapy and supervision. Some become psychoanalysts who remain in personal analysis and additionally make a scholarly contribution to teaching, training and research.
What Will I Learn?
This part-time 2 year programme provides professional clinical training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy founded on a student's engagement in their own psychoanalysis. It launches the student in beginning to practice psychoanalytically under supervision. The programme's module content develops understanding of the principles underlying the clinical practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, a discipline launched by the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud. The programme content is strongly informed by the work of French psychoanalyst and psychiatrist Jacques Lacan (1901 – 1981) whose seminars and writings elaborated Freud's work.
Psychoanalysis is a practice founded on attending to the unconscious mental life, that is, processes of the mind no less sophisticated than the wittiest of jokes and which carry content comparable to that of the great literary and artistic work of our culture, content at the core of our concerns and perplexities in the face of the task of human existence. This focus on unconscious processes and the laws governing them is fundamental to the clinical practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Closely connected to its clinical basis, psychoanalysis contributes importantly to our understanding of contemporary culture concerns – informing our response to supposed normality, to the psychopathology of everyday life and of mental disorder, to deviancy and violence. Many of its concepts inform diverse fields of academic and artistic enquiry and endeavour including law and criminology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, literature, the visual arts and their critique.
The course is delivered in 13 modules:
Eight of these – 4 modules in year one and 4 in year two - provide 5 credits each.
Of the remaining 5 modules, 4 are specifically related to clinical training and assessment and run continuously throughout the two years. These are Supervision of Clinical Practice and Clinical Diagnostics and Research, each contributing 7.5 credits yearly. The final module is by dissertation and contributes 30 credits.
Attendance must be 80% or higher throughout the course
Assessment is by continuous assessment for the taught modules and a mark for the thesis
Total credits awarded: 100 ECTS
All teaching is carried out in The School of Psychotherapy within the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Mental Health Research at St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, with the weekly psychiatric case conference taking place in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Education and Research Centre also at St Vincent's University Hospital.