Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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The Courses in Detail 


Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 


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Clinical Training Programme



This four-year Clinical Training Programme is organised by the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. The Programme is designed to provide a thorough and structured postgraduate training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with adults. The Programme is particularly oriented towards an emphasis on the theoretical and clinical contributions of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Wilfred Bion and Donald Winnicott, as well as contemporary developments in the Kleinian and Independent traditions of Psychoanalysis. The Programme combines academic and clinical components, with a great deal of attention given to the development of a reflective position. We particularly emphasise self-awareness and the development of oneself along the process of training. The experiential components of the Programme: training analysis, infant observation, group experience, placement in a mental health setting run alongside the theoretical inputs and, taken together with clinical supervision, facilitate the trainee moving, over time, from an intellectual engagement with psychoanalysis to its clinical application, in their taking on clients for psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Graduates of the Programme, upon completion of its academic and clinical requirements, are awarded an MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and a Diploma in Clinical Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy by the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IIPP). Fully-qualified graduates work towards full accreditation with the Irish Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (IFPP) and the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP).


Supervision Programme


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