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Psychoanalytic Thinking at Work


Course overview

Psychoanalytic Thinking at Work Course

This year long online course will give you an accessible introduction to the fundamentals of psychoanalytic thinking and experiential learning, and help you start to apply psychoanalytic theory to your work.

The course includes interactive learning, video material, peer discussion and reflection. You can access the course materials at your own pace.

There will be a fortnightly live group webinar with a clinical expert, as well as termly one on one tutorial sessions, which will give you an invaluable opportunity to ask questions, reflect on your learning and discuss your experiences with your peers and a clinical practitioner.


Keen to know more?

We will be hosting an online Open Event with course lead Dr Peter Slater via Zoom on Tuesday 13 October from 1–2pm UK time.

Find out more and register to attend


Course aims

This course will introduce you to:

  • Fundamental aspects of psychoanalytic theory
  • Experiential learning and the importance of unconscious processes
  • The application of psychoanalytic theory to your work
  • The development of reflective practice in your work-based role

Course topics

  • How the mind works – some psychoanalytic thinking and theories on what makes us who we are
  • How psychoanalytic theory views human development, and how development can become a state of mind
  • Key psychoanalytic discoveries such as those of Freud, Klein and Bion and how they can be used to think about the world of relationships, interactions and the world at large
  • How psychoanalytic thinking understands group and organisational dynamics as it can be said that we are all part of one group or another.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you are a healthcare professional wishing to explore your interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy or you may be thinking about taking your first step towards a formal qualification in this field.


Course requirements/assessment

In order to take this course, we ask that you have a demonstrable interest in psychodynamic counselling, psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis and a wish to make a deeper study of the human mind, either for professional reasons or for the purposes of your own personal development.

You will be expected to arrange a relevant workplace observation as part of the course.  If your current role is in a related area such as a mental health or allied health, teaching, social work, or another supportive role then this can be used for your observation. If you are unsure if your current workplace role is suitable then please contact us.


Assessment is based upon the following:

  • A minimum attendance rate of 75% throughout the year
  • Submission of eight write ups (each of 1500 words) taken from observations from your work placement
  • An optional submission of a Placement Reflection Paper, which if undertaken leads to a full course certificate
  • Successful completion of the above assessment components, without undertaking the optional Placement Reflection Paper, will enable you to receive a Course Participation Certificate.


Additional Attendance Requirements:

Live webinars will take place fortnightly, with groups meeting on:

  • Mondays from 7pm to 8pm UK time,


  • Fridays from 12pm to 1pm UK time.

The number of participants in each group webinar will be limited to ensure the best learning experience for all, and places will be confirmed on a first come, first served basis.



Course facilitators

Dr Peter Slater

Dr Peter Slater is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, an Adult Psychotherapist and is the course lead for the hugely popular Introduction to counselling and psychotherapy courses at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Dr. Slater undertakes clinical work with the Harley Therapy Clinic in central London, and has worked for a number…

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Dr Jenissa Tanna

Dr Jenissa Tanna currently works part-time as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the NHS, specialising in psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Tanna is based at Springfield Hospital, which is part of South West London & St George’s NHS Trust within a psychotherapy, mentalisation-based therapy (MBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) service, serving patients from the London boroughs of…

Caroline Black

Caroline Black is a British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) registered Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, having completed her training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. Caroline’s background is in mental health nursing and over her career she has worked in psychiatric inpatient, assertive outreach, psychiatric liaison (A&E) and community settings as a specialist practitioner and as a psychotherapist.…

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