Diploma in Psychoanalysis



Course: Diploma in Psychoanalysis (Psychotherapy)

Start date:  Monday, 24 September 2018

Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €945 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €845 (or €895 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

A fee of £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management on successful completion of this course.

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more courses  can do so at a fee of €895 per course.

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This module presents an in depth introduction to the basic concepts in Psychoanalysis. This introductory module will help students to understand the history and origins of psychoanalysis, the theory developed by Freud and the analysis of some of his most important cases where theory meets clinical work.

Over the course of ten classes, the student will be brought through a series of lectures dealing with concepts which are central to psychoanalysis, such as the unconscious, hysteria, obsessional neurosis, libido theory, repression and the Oedipal complex. These will be addressed theoretically and with reference to case studies. The last four weeks of the module will address the post-Freudian developments in psychoanalysis, with an emphasis on the respective aspects of Freudian theory upon which they are based. Finally, the module will address the position of psychoanalysis in relation to the challenges thrown up by the movement towards evidence based treatments and prevailing psychiatric diagnostic categories.



  • Week 1:  What it is psychoanalysis?  Freud: neuropathology to psychoanalysis. ‘The psychopathology of everyday life’ – case analysis

    Week 2:  The unconscious and the Freudian unconscious. Primary and secondary processes. Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.

    Week 3:  Studies in Hysteria: Charcot’s hypnoses and suggestion, Freud and Breuer concept of abreaction.

    Week 4: Neurosis 1: Dora’s case. Transference and femininity. Papers on technique 1.

    Week 5: Neurosis 2: Rat Man’s case. Repetition and obsession. Papers on technique 2.

    Week 6: Freud’s Libido theory. Psychoanalytic Breaks: Jungian (Analytic Psychology) Adler (Individual Psychology)

    Week 7: Child analysis: Anna Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Melanie Klein’s partial object

    Week 8: Relation to the object: Winnicott’s transitional object and Bowlby’s attachment theory

    Week 9: Jacques Lacan: return to Freud

    Week 10: Psychoanalysis’ ethical framework and the challenges of today’s empirical research, neuroscience and DSM

  • A pass grade on the written assignment will be required for awarding of the Diploma in Psychoanalysis. A fail grade will result in a Certificate of Attendance for the course but without the Diploma being awarded. Students must attend at least 8 of the 10 evenings to graduate with either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance unless a serious and verifiable reason for further absence is provided. Similarly, the Project must be handed in on the due date unless a sound reason for lateness is provided. In such instances, an extension may be awarded at the discretion of the lecturer.

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in Dundrum
    • Study rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

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