Translating theory into practice

Translating theory into practice: an introduction to thinking and working psychoanalytically


This introductory course considers what it means to practice psychoanalytic psychotherapy in a contemporary context.  It contextualises psychoanalytic psychotherapy historically, and explores the fundamental tenets which inform psychoanalytic thinking, including the meaning and relevance of the analytic attitudethe frame and boundariestransference and countertransferenceinterpretationsbeginnings and endings. The lectures also provide a springboard for the more focused theory courses which are offered by the IPCP, introducing some of the seminal ideas which have evolved from Freud, Klein, Winnicott and Bion. What did Bion mean when he spoke of approaching each session with neither memory nor desire? What is the difference between holding and containment? What are the depressive and paranoid-schizoid positions? What does projective identification mean? And how do all of these concepts translate into the everyday practice of psychotherapy.

Please note that booking is essential.

Lecturer: Yvette Esprey

Dates: 25th Jan, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Feb, 1st March

Time: 7 – 8:30pm

Cost: R1 200 (Students R600)

Venue: To be confirmed

CPD points: 9