Introduction to the work of Donald Winnicott


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 serves as a natural progression for those who completed our Introductory Lectures course.

Course content

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.

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

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 format

This course consists of recorded lectures, a transcript of the lectures, study questions, suggested reading and a glossary of terms. The study questions will help you to check your understanding and prepare any potential questions for participation in the live online discussion groups.

The live online discussion groups consist of up to 7 other students and a senior analyst. There will be a total of 8 discussions (one for each lecture) as part of the course. Please see below for the dates and times of these discussions.
For discussion groups, it is essential that you have a good degree of understanding of English language unless stated otherwise.

You can also choose to opt out of the live online discussions and take the other components of the course only. To do so, please see the links below.

Course Duration

  • Course content plus 8 live online discussion groups - 4 months
  • Course content only - 3 months

You will have access to all course materials at any time for the duration of your chosen course. This allows you to learn at your own pace and review particular topics as needed.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any specific experience or qualifications to take the course. You must have a reasonably good internet connection to view our video content (around 400kbps - 2Mbps download speed, 400kbps+ upload speed).

To take part in discussion groups you need a computer, laptop, tablet or phone as well as a microphone (this is built in for many devices.) A webcam is also recommended. You will need to have Skype installed on your chosen device. Please make sure you have the most up to date version installed.


If you complete the course and attend at least 80% of the online discussion groups, you will receive a digital certificate of attendance. If you opt out of the discussion groups, you will not receive a certificate but you will have an email confirming that you registered for the course.


  • Online course plus online discussion groups and certificate: £265
  • If opting out of online discussions: £160


Register for online course plus discussion groups (4 months):
Please note: discussion group intakes are limited to 8 students.

Click here to register for the 10th October intake.
Discussions for this intake will be on Wednesdays at 12.00pm - 13.30pm (BST) on the following days:

- The first discussion will be on the 24 Oct

- Please note that after this first meeting, the UK will switch timezone to GMT. This means the timing will go from 12.00pm - 13.30pm BST to 12.00pm - 13.30pm GMTPlease make sure you check your local time against GMT and are available. 

- The remaining meetings will be on: 31 Oct, 7 Nov, 14 Nov, 21 Nov, 28 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec

Not interested in live online discussion groups? Click here to opt out and start the course-content-only version on the 4th of September

Want to partake in discussion groups, but can’t make the above time? Please register your interest and preferred time here

Further information

Why study with us?

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:

Last modified: Tuesday, 28 August 2018, 12:10 PM