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Certificate or Diploma module

PA 1 - Fundamental concepts in psychoanalysis

Introduction to the module

This module can be taken either as part of the School's Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy or as a stand-alone one-year certificate course.1

The module provides an introduction to psychoanalysis, orientating the trainee with some basic theoretical ideas and then exploring the theories of Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott. 

The seminars can be attended in London or online. Copies of relevant texts are provided in advance of the seminars.

Why this module?

Join this module for an introduction to psychoanalysis, including key theories of Klein and Winnicott.

1This is a module from the School's UKCP-recognised Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Theory seminars within the Diploma are divided into two streams - Parent Infant Psychotherapy (PIP) and Psychoanalysis (PA). Some modules from these streams are also made available as stand-alone certificate courses.


Start date
The next entry to this module is in September 2017.

The module consists of 15 fortnightly seminars arranged over three terms.

In person at 27 Frognal, London NW3 1AD or remotely via the internet.

As a stand-alone certificate

to be advised

Suitable for
Anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of psychoanalysis, including some key psychoanalytic concepts. 

The module can form part of a continuing professional development.

The module can be undertaken without a final assessment. However, the award of the certificate depends upon:

  • Satisfactory attendance at the seminars
  • A pass mark for a 4,000 word paper on an aspect of psychoanalysis drawn from the module


Autumn Term Sep - Nov 2019 
Orientation and the Freudian legacy

PA.101 Basic assumptions
PA.102 The driven mind
PA.103 The structured mind
PA.104 A model of development
PA.105 Psychopathology

Winter Term Jan - Mar 2019 

PA.106 Overview
PA.107 Paranoid schizoid position
PA.108 Depression position
PA.109 Envy and gratitude
PA.110 Transference

Spring Term Apr - Jun 2020

PA.111 The parent-infant relationship
PA.112 True and false self
PA.113 Transitional objects and space
PA.114 The capacity for concern
PA.115 Aggression and being antisocial

Trainees on the Diploma course are automatically enrolled onto this module.

Please use the button below if you wish to join the module as a certificate course. Please use the 'Contact us' link at the top of this page to make a more general enquiry.


After this module

After successful completion, certificate trainees may join module PA 2, which looks more closely at object relations, psychopathology and psychoanalytic technique.

This module can count towards the School's Diploma in Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. This diploma can lead to registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy as a parent infant psychoanalytic psychotherapist.