Introduction to the work of Donald Winnicott

This course will introduce and consider in some detail Donald Winnicott’s central concepts, located amongst those who were pioneering and creating psychoanalytic thinking during the mid-years of the 20th century.

You can read a short bio about the teacher on this course, Ms. Angela Joyce, by clicking here

Click here to watch the trailer, as well as a short conversation with Ms. Angela Joyce

Course features

The course consists of recorded lectures, a transcript of the lectures, study questions, suggested readings and a glossary of terms. 
Students will have access to all of these materials at any time for the duration of the course.

The study questions are a guideline that is there to help you check your understanding and prepare any potential questions or talking points if partaking in the discussion groups. This course is deliberately designed to be self-directed and is therefore not assessed.

These features of the course allow students the freedom to follow the course at their own pace. (see 'Course Length' below for more information).

Here you can watch Ms. Angela Joyce introducing the course

Recorded lectures

1. Primary Maternal Preoccupation and Holding

2. Illusion, Transitional Space and Play

3. True and False Self

4. Aggression and the Capacity for Concern

5. The Use of an Object

6. Infantile Sexuality

7. Psychopathology and the Antisocial Tendency

8. Creativity and Culture

Who is this course for?

Professionals working in Health, Education or Social Services, as well as students from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, medicine, psychology, literature, wanting to expand their knowledge on Winnicott's ideas and its applications. Also suitable for those who completed our Introductory Lectures course.

Why study with us?

Entry requirements

There are no academic entry requirements, but you must have the technology necessary to enrol in our Moodle platform, which requires a strong broadband connection (around 400kbps - 2Mbps download speed, 400kbps+ upload speed).

Course length

3 months – online version only (8 lectures)

4 months - online with discussion groups (using Skype) (8 lectures and 8 discussion groups). For discussion groups, it is essential that you have a good degree of understanding of English language unless stated otherwise.


BPaS certificate of attendance will be issued to those who attended at least 80% of the online discussion groups.



Online course only: £120

Online course plus online discussion groups and certificate: £215

To register your place, please follow the relevant link below:

Register for online course only (3 months):

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Register for online course plus discussion groups (4 months):

May 24th  Intake

Online live discussion groups will take place on Thursdays at 11.30 - 1pm BST.
The dates of these discussions will be:

07June, 14 June, 21 June, 28 June, 05 July, 12 July, 19 July, 26 July

Further information

Blended Learning options:

Although our online courses are designed to be as interactive and accessible as possible, we like to offer students, when possible, the option to complement online learning with face to face contact.

Typically our online learners can complement their studies with an intensive series of face to face discussions and supervisions on the topics covered during the online course. If you are interested in blended learning opportunities, please let us know and we will contact you if and when such opportunities become available where you are. This option is open across the UK and abroad.

Please contact us with 'blended learning' as the subject at:

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