The Parent Infant Centre

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Psychoanalysis (Advanced)

This module is also available via remote learning

Introduction to the module

This module of fifteen seminars looks at a range of psychoanalytic concepts and at how they can inform therapeutic work.

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

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

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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 January 2020.

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

In person at 27 Frognal, London NW3 1AD or remotely via the internet. The School currently has trainees based elsewhere in the UK and Europe, in Australasia, and in North and South America.

As a stand-alone certificate

£1,225 (or three termly payments of £450)

Suitable for
Anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of psychoanalytic concepts. Some basic knowledge of psychoanalysis is required.

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


Winter Term Jan - Mar 2020
The analytic third, sexuality and dreams

PA1.06 The analytic third
PA1.07 Classical views on sexuality
PA1.08 Alternative views on sexuality
PA1.09 Dreams 1
PA1.10 Dreams 2

Spring Term Apr - Jul 2020
The therapeutic relationship

PA4.11 What is therapeutic about therapy?
PA4.12 Containment
PA4.13 Negative therapeutic reactions
PA4.14 Projective identification
PA4.15 Erotic transference

Autumn Term Sep - Dec 2020
Some Kleinian developments

PA3.01 An earlier Oedipus
PA3.02 The autistic contiguous position
PA3.03 Symbols
PA3.04 Psychosis
PA3.05 A theory of thinking

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 trainees may join other courses offered by the School.

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.