Foundation Course

AGIP Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training

APPLICATIONS FOR OCTOBER 2019 ENTRY ARE NOW OPEN

The course aims to develop understanding of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. The Foundation course will be taught over ten Saturdays, one a month, starting in October 2019. The days will run from 10am to 6.30pm (with breaks) and will comprise four seminars as well as an experiential group.

  • The Foundation course can be taken on its own as a means of learning about psychoanalytic work and how it may enhance personal and work life.
  • The Foundation course is a prerequisite for application to the Clinical Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (in exceptional circumstances with exemptions when applicants who, in the view of the Training Committee, have completed a course equivalent to the foundation course). Progress from the foundation course to the clinical training is not automatic and candidates applying from the foundation course are considered in competition with other applicants.

Applicants wishing to take the foundation course as the start of a four year training should note that they will normally have to have been in weekly psychoanalytical psychotherapy for one year before commencing the foundation course. Applicants who do not satisfy this requirement but wish to proceed to the clinical training will be required to take a ‘gap year’ during which they must be in weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy.



SEMINAR THEMES

Each Saturday will have a different theme which will be explored from three perspectives:

  • How key ideas within themes unconsciously manifest themselves in everyday life (seminars 1 and 2)
  • How consciousness develops in the individual (seminar 3)
  • How these ideas may come into play in the consulting room (seminar 4)

Attention will be paid to both classical and contemporary psychoanalytical theories and their applications in the clinical setting. Students are expected to read papers or book chapters in advance of the seminars in order to maximise the value of the seminars.



EXPERIENTIAL GROUP

The experiential group plays an important role in helping the integration of the two key components of the course: personal development and the teaching of theory.

The Experiential Group contributes to this development in different ways.

It can:

  • promote reflection on group dynamics in the here and now and help to understand other group experiences, past and present
  • enhance work undertaken in personal therapy by arranging a situation for students to learn about how peers in a group experience them
  • allow students the opportunity to reflect on professional and personal development
  • promote students’ discussion of the training programme

The group is conducted by experienced group analysts who understand psychoanalytic and group analytic theories.


WRITTEN WORK

The Foundation course is assessed by one written essay of 3,000 words which demonstrates the trainee’s theoretical understanding and which, where appropriate, includes clinical material. This assignment is optional for those who only want to do the Foundation course. It is obligatory for applicants to the full clinical training.


PERSONAL THERAPY

All students on the Foundation course are expected to undergo psychoanalytical psychotherapy themselves. This should minimally be once-weekly therapy, although those considering using the Foundation course as a start for the full psychotherapy training should consider more frequent therapy with a psychotherapist approved by AGIP. This therapy must be face-to-face; telephone or Skype sessions are not permitted.


APPLICATIONS

Applications for the Foundation course must normally be received no later than 30th June each year; however, late applications will be considered up to the end of August if there are still places remaining. All suitable candidates will be offered an interview with a member of staff from apptraining.

While there are no formal entry requirements for the Foundation course, candidates will be expected to demonstrate an ability to undertake work at postgraduate level, to show some self-awareness and to have had experience of working with people.

Suitably qualified candidates may ask for exemption from the Foundation course – this would normally be applicable to someone who has successfully completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. Applicants should note however that exemption is only given in exceptional circumstances and priority is given to applicants from the apptraining foundation course who wish to proceed to the clinical training.


OPEN DAYS

The Open Days in 2019, where potential applicants can find out more about our courses and are able to meet staff from the Training Committee, will be held on:

  • Saturday, 26th January at 12 noon
  • Saturday, 2nd March at 12 noon

To book a place at an Open Day, please use our Contact page. To see the Open Day flyer, click here.


FEES

The fees for the Foundation course commencing October 2019 are as follows:

Application and interview fee £50, which is paid at the time of application.

Course fee £950,  which includes a £100 deposit paid upon acceptance of the offer letter.  The remaining £850 may be paid all at once or in three instalments of £285 (payment by instalments includes a small administrative fee). The course fees remain payable in full and are non-refundable

Fees can be paid by cheque or bank transfer.


FOUNDATION COURSE THEMES AND DATES

The dates and provisional themes for the Foundation course commencing October 2019 are

5th October 2019

 

“When we were very young” – communicating without words

16th November 2019

 

Narcissism: omnipotence and the empty self.

14th December 2019

 

Oedipus – three’s company, two’s a crowd!

11th January 2020

 

Sex, love and intimacy – attempts to relate

8th February 2020

 

Death instinct – dicing with death – addictions and other attacks on the self

14th March 2020

 

Psyche-soma: hysteria in the 21st century

25th April 2020

 

Trauma: the psyche overwhelmed

16th May 2020

 

War and peace: aggression – a creative or destructive force?

13th June 2020

 

Self and society – a false distinction?

11th July 2020

 

Research: how can we know psychoanalysis works? Clinical boundaries and ethical dilemmas

There will also be a course Induction session (provisionally) on Saturday, 14th September, between 10am and 2pm (including a shared lunch).

The Foundation course and Induction day will be in the training and seminar rooms at AGIP, 1, Fairbridge Road, London N19 3EW (a short walk from Archway tube station and the Upper Holloway train station). This is the location of the AGIP clinic and its training rooms.


STRUCTURE OF THE DAY

Each Saturday will be broken into five sessions with time for breaks and informal discussion

10.00 – 11.15

 

Seminar 1

11.15 – 11.30

 

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30

 

Seminar 2

12.30 – 13.30

 

Lunch

13.30 – 14.45

 

Seminar 3

14.45 – 15.00

 

Tea break

15.00 – 16.30

 

Seminar 4

16.30 – 17.00

 

Break

17.00 – 18.30

 

Experiential group


HOW TO APPLY FOR AN apptraining COURSE

If you wish to apply for a place on the Foundation course please see:  More on How to Apply


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