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Introduction to the work of Wilfred Bion


Self directed online learning

 Beginner level

  Access for up to 3 months

 5 video based modules

Discussion groups available


New Chris Mawson introduces the course

This short course will give you an outline of Bion’s core ideas, their theoretical relevance and applications.

 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 of the course materials.

 Recorded Lectures

All of the lectures are hosted by Chris Mawson.

Lecture 1 – Who was Wilfred Bion? (14 minutes)

Lecture 2 – Bion’s early work with groups (19 minutes)

Lecture 3 – Bion’s work with patients in psychotic states (11 minutes)

Lecture 4 – The domain of K (19 minutes)

Lecture 5 – Bion’s later work (18 minutes)


 Entry Requirements

This is a Beginner/ Intermediate course and is suitable for all learnersYou can find out more about our difficulty levels here.

You must have a reasonably good internet connection to view our video content (around 400kbps – 2Mbps download speed, 400kbps+ upload speed). In order to attend the online discussion groups, you must be able to use Skype.

 Course Duration

Course without discussion groups – 2 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.
At the end of the time period, you will lose access to the course materials.


 About the lecturer

Chris Mawson is a fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a supervising psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society. He is the editor of several books on the work of Wilfred Bion including The Complete works of W. R. Bion (Karnac Books, 2014) and Bion Today (Routledge, 2010).


 Discussion Groups

This course offers online discussion groups. Register your interest here.

Purchasing one of the discussion group options will allow you to attend all of the discussions, as well as getting access to the online course materials for 4 months.



 Contact us

If you have questions about the course, feel free to contact us at enquiries@psychoanalysis.org.uk


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