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Introductory Lectures

Associated Courses


 Self directed online learning

 Beginner level

 Access for up to 6 months

 12 video based modules


New Watch an exclusive clip from the first lecture, from Dr. David Bell

This course will introduce Sigmund Freud’s core ideas and that of his followers within the British Psychoanalytical Society. It is a comprehensive yet accessible overview of psychoanalytic ideas – perfect for those without any prior knowledge.

 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.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the origins of Psychoanalysis.
  • Understand the key concepts of Psychoanalytic theory.
  • Discover how Psychoanalytic ideas can be applied broadly, beyond clinical practice

 Recorded Lectures

All of the lectures are hosted by senior analysts of British Psychoanalytic society.

Part 1 – Freud and his theories

Lecture 1 – The nature of Psychoanalysis – Dr. David Bell (58 minutes)

Lecture 2 – Freud’s Models of the Mind – Mrs. Susan Loden (39 minutes)

Lecture 3 – Sexuality – Ms. Megan Virtue (36 minutes)

Lecture 4 – Dreams – Dr. Gearoid Fitzgerald (43 minutes)

Lecture 5 – Defence Mechanisms – Dr. Catia Galatariotou (57 minutes)

Lecture 6 – Transference and Countertransference – Dr. Sergei Grachev (49 minutes)

Lecture 7 – The Analytic Setting – Mrs. Anne Amos (43 minutes)

Part 2 – Further Developments in British Psychoanalysis

Lecture 8 – Psychic Development – Dr. Margot Waddell (1 hour 13 minutes)

Lecture 9 – Anna Freud – Mrs. Marianne Parsons (47 minutes)

Lecture 10 – Melanie Klein – Mrs. Margaret Rustin (37 minutes)

Lecture 11 – Donald Winnicott – Dr. Jan Abram (1 hour 10 minutes)

Lecture 12 – Wilfred Bion – Ms. Nicola Abel-Hirsch (34 minutes)


 Entry Requirements

This is an Beginner 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 with discussion groups – 6 months
Course without discussion groups – 4 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.


 Discussion Groups

Online discussion groups for this course are not yet scheduled. If you are interested in taking the discussion groups, please let us know.

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 6 months.


 About the lecturers

Dr. David Bell is a former president of the British Psychoanalytical Society, serving from 2010 – 2012. Dr. Bell is a Consultant Psychiatrist in the Adult Department at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where he leads a specialist service (the Fitzjohns Unit) for the treatment of patients with enduring and complex problems. He is also an honorary senior lecturer at University College London.
Dr. Margot Wadell, PhD  is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Visiting Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic. She works in private clinical practice and previously worked for many years in the NHS. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.


 Contact us

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


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