The Parent Infant Centre

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Psychoanalysis (Introductory)

This module is also available via remote learning

Introduction to the module

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 module provides an introduction to psychoanalysis, exploring concepts dawn from Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott and the object relations tradition.

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

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 build upon a basic understanding of 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


Winter Term Jan - Mar 2020
Melanie Klein

PA1.06 Introduction to Klein
PA1.07 Paranoid schizoid position
PA1.08 Depression position
PA1.09 Envy and gratitude
PA1.10 Transference

Spring Term Apr - Jul 2020
Donald Winnicott

PA1.11 Introduction to Winnicott
PA1.12 The parent-infant relationship
PA1.13 True and false self
PA1.14 Transitional objects
PA1.15 Being ruthless

Autumn Term Sep - Dec 2020
Object Relations

PA2.01 The nature of internal objects
PA2.02 Fairbairn
PA2.03 The transformational object
PA2.04 Attachment theory 1
PA2.05 Attachment theory 2

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 of this course trainees may go on to 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.