Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Skills and Reflective Practice

A one-year course exploring psychodynamic therapeutic skills and developing reflective practice (Launching 2022)

Are you interested in a career as a therapist? Perhaps you are working in the helping professions and would like to develop your communication skills, or maybe you would like to understand more about human interactions?

This course introduces participants to the core skills involved in the therapeutic encounter and is designed for those who are interested in learning about psychodynamic therapy in the context of Jungian and post Jungian theory.

Participants are encouraged to take on counselling placements and will be required to be in therapy at least once a week from the start of the course.

Although it does not provide a qualification to practise, it can be a pre-cursor to the SAP’s popular Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training.

It is a unique opportunity to develop an understanding of the process of therapy within the context of the SAP’s long tradition of Jungian analytic thinking.

Who is the course for?

People who are:

  • Interested in improving their communication skills and understanding how we relate to ourselves and to others in the workplace and in personal relationships.
  • Developing psychodynamic counselling skills.
  • Interested in preparing to apply for clinical training at the SAP
  • Interested in personal growth and reflective practice.

What are the course objectives?

For participants to:

  • develop competence in using core communication and therapeutic skills such as attending, listening, and questioning,
  • practice self-reflection and self-evaluation,
  • deepen their understanding of the relevance of human development.

The course will have strands which will weave together during the year:

  • Personal development encouraging greater awareness of self and other. This will include personal therapy.
  • Developing a theoretical understanding of a Jungian and post Jungian approach to psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Learning practical counselling skills.
  • Experience in placements.
  • Reflection in groups.

The approach to learning is informed by Jungian analytic methods with its emphasis on experience, imagination, and play, using a variety of mediums such as myth and fairy tales, art, and literature as well as selected articles and books.

Participants will have many opportunities to reflect on how the course is affecting them in a variety of ways.

The course will also use myth and fairy tales, art, and literature as well as selected articles and books.

Course Delivery

The course will comprise of 10 Saturday workshops in person and 24 online seminars on Friday afternoons.

We plan to launch this course in 2022.

If you would like to be on the waiting list, please fill in the form below:

We reserve the right to cancel or alter any part of the programme due to unforeseen circumstances.