The Freud course will start on Wednesday 26 April 2017 and will continue on a weekly basis until 31 May 2017. The seminars are two hours and a reading pack will be provided.  12 CPD points are allocated for the course.

Short description of Freud course 

This course, which will be based on a close reading of some of Freud’s most important shorter papers, will begin with a short historical account of the understandings of psychopathology which preceded that of Freud. It will continue by way of a discussion of how Freud’s ‘encounter with hysteria’, led him to formulate the basic concepts that remain to this day distinctively psychoanalytic in form and content.

The specific topics to be covered in the component include; the nature and significance of the Freudian unconscious and its role in psychic life, the origins, status and meaning of symptoms and the role of sexuality in the aetiology of neurosis. The course will conclude with a discussion of the key ingredients of psychoanalytic practice as envisaged by Freud including; the role of the analyst, symptom interpretation, free association and the analysis of the transference.

Lecturer:  Professor Susan van Zyl

Professor Susan van Zyl has a particular interest in the work of Freud and has for many years taught psychoanalytic theory at the postgraduate level at Wits and contributes to the psychology divisions’ innovative PhD in psychotherapy. She also regularly runs courses and reading groups on Freud’s work for clinicians.

Dates:   Wednesday: April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31  2017

Time: 19:30 – 21:30

Venue: 48 Shannon, 6th  Road, Hyde Park (Opposite Hyde Park Corner shopping Centre)

Cost:  R2000

Please confirm your booking before payment.


Standard Bank

Sandton City 018105

Account No: 023193956

Booking and Confirmation of Payment: Julie Green:

CPD: 12 points