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Introduction to Melanie Klein

Associated Courses


 Self directed online learning

 Beginner level

 Access for 3 months

 5 video based modules


Melanie Klein was an innovative, highly controversial and influential psychoanalytic thinker. She was a follower of Freud but her theories diverged from his in significant ways. She built significantly on Freud’s ideas and also on the ideas of Karl Abraham, Sandor Ferenczi, Ronald Fairbarn and many others. Her work with children opened up new ways of thinking and new avenues for investigation, and these avenues continue to be explored today. These lectures outline some of Klein’s main ideas, many of which caused an outcry at the time, some of which remain controversial and others of which are now part of mainstream thinking. These will also give you a sense of the ways in which Klein’s thought influences practice and thinking today.

 Recorded lectures

  1. Melanie Klein, The beginning : Her initial thoughts on the internal world of children and infants  
  2. The Life and Death Instincts/Love and Hate . The Positions: the Paranoid-Schizoid Position
  3. Getting a Sense of Reality: The Depressive Position
  4. Developmental and Antidevelopmental Relationships
  5. Aims and Technique

 Course format

This course consists of recorded lectures, a transcript of the lectures, study questions and a glossary of terms. The study questions will help you to check your understanding of the course materials.

 Course Duration

  • Online course content  – 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)

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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.

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