apptraining in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy                                                                   January 2017

Module descriptions and brief content

NB These details represent work in progress and are subject to change. apptraining reserves the right to make changes to the curriculum at any time. Anyone wishing to know the current position must check with the apptraining office at AGIP.

Module 1: Internal Worlds (4 weekends)

This module explores the question of whether we are born a ‘blank slate’ and if not, what structures and processes there might be in the mind, the foundations of which were there from birth (or possibly before birth).  The aim is consider some classical and contemporary approaches to the formation of the psyche and by the end of the module students will have gained a critical understanding of the drive and relational models of the development of the mind.

Classical Theory                                                         Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Freud Instinct                                             Neuroscience (Solms et al)

Weekend 2: Jung complexes                                       Development of the mind (Geddo ..)

Weekend 3: Klein drives                                                Mentalisation (Fonagy)

Weekend 4: Winnicott/Fairbairn/Guntrip                  Relational Psychoanalysis

 

Module 2: Dreams (3 weekends)

This module explores the role that dreams have traditionally played in psychoanalysis (‘The royal road to the unconscious’, Freud) and links these ideas to more contemporary understandings and approaches. By the end of the module students will have gained a critical understanding of the role dreams play in our sleeping lives and how these ideas can be brought into the consulting room.

Classical Theory                                                    Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1 : Freud                                                        Meltzer/Colman

Weekend 2: Jung                                                          West/Ogden

Weekend 3: Dreams and psychosis                          Contemporary use of dreams

& Cultural aspects of dreams

 

Module 3: Working with particular presentations 1 (2 weekends)

The module (which is linked to module 6) explores those areas where adaption has to be made to ‘standard’ psychoanalytic technique because of the particular difficulties and presentation of the patient.  As well as exploring notions of diagnosis, importantly, they will also be critiqued. The aim is to help students who might have to work with patients who are in considerable emotional distress formulate their approach to their patient. The limitations and problematic applications of DSM will be considered and alternative models of assessing mental health will be considered (e.g. Open Door / Western Lapland / Arbours approaches).

Classical Theory                                                              Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Working with Borderline                             Contemporary NHS approaches to violence

Weekend 2: Assessment and Diagnosis                        DSM5/ICD11

& Assessment and Formulation

 

Module 4: Human Relationships (4 weekends)

This module examines and explores a range of ideas which place the relationships between people, including the psychotherapist and patient, at the heart of the work. It examines where these relationships can become difficult and how this might be understood psychoanalytically. By the end of this module students will have gained a critical understanding of the way people form and maintain relationships and the role the psychotherapist plays in relationship to the patient.

Classical Theory                                                           Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Attachment theory                                          Intersubjectivity

Weekend 2: Transference & Countertransference          Intersubjectivity

Weekend 3: Alchemic metaphor                                       Clinical aspects

 

Module 5: The making of the mind (3 weekends)

This module focuses on the process where infants move from a world dominated by emotions, to one where they begin to think and make sense of the world through thinking and recognising that others have relationships. By the end of this module students will have gained a critical understanding of models of the development of the mind and the relationship between thinking and feeling.

Classical Theory                                                           Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: From emotion to thought                             The analytic couple

& Mirroring (Winnicott and Lacan)

Weekend 2: Styles of thinking                                           Myers Briggs

Weekend 3: Bion 1                                                               Mindfulness

 

Module 6: Working with particular presentations 2 (3 weekends)

This module (which is linked to module 3) explores those areas where adaption has to be made to ‘standard’ psychoanalytic technique because of the particular difficulties and presentation of the patient.  As well as exploring notions of diagnosis, importantly, they will also be critiqued. The aim is to help students who might have to work with patients who are in considerable emotional distress formulate their approach to their patient.

Classical Theory                                                           Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Borderline                                                        NHS Approaches (including MDT)

Weekend 2: Addictions & Psychosis                                 NHS Approaches

Weekend 3: Trauma & Dissociation                                   NHS Approaches

 

Module 7: Self and other (4 weekends)

This module examines the early processes involved in the formation of relationships when the infant shifts from one world view, where the world should be organised to meet all their needs, to one which recognises that others have needs and that they can form relationships which do not include the infant. This processes at the heart of all relationships and also in groups. By the end of this module students will have gained a critical understanding a range of theories concerned with the formation of early relationships and how this might impact later in life.

Classical Theory                                                                          Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Narcissism  – Freud, Klein, Kernberg, Kohut          Feminist approaches 1

Weekend 2: Narcissism – Jacoby                                                  Jungian perspectives on Oedipus

& Oedipal conflicts – Freud

Weekend 3:  Mother-Baby diad  – Winnicott & Bion                  Feminist approaches

Weekend 4: Groups                                                                         Psychotherapy in the community

 

Module 8: Shaping personality (3 weekends)

The module examines the forces that help shape the growing personality and psyche of the infant: it explores patterns of mothering and the impact of siblings on the infant. By the end of this module students will have a critical understanding of some of the competing theories that address the issue of personality formation.

Classical Theory                                                           Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Winnicott                                                        Stern/Trevarthen/Piontelli

Weekend 2: Bion & Bollas                                                 Neuroscience – Neural patterning

Weeked 3: Fordham & Archetypes                                  Siblings

 

Module 9: Ending and life stages (2 weekends)

This module focuses on time and its limit both in terms of our lives and the limited time available in psychotherapy (which can be seen as linked). By the end of the module students will have gained a critical understanding of the role of time and its impact on our lives.

Classical Theory                                                           Contemporary Theory

Weekend 1: Endings in the work                                    Brief focal work

& Dying patients

Weekend 2:  Individuation & Retirement                       Working alongside religious beliefs