Aims of the Course


The course is designed to help people think about their work with children and adolescents from a psychodynamic perspective.


Course Structure

The course is taught on 30 Fridays and 8 Saturdays during term time, as follows:-


Friday Seminars

Years One and Two

Work Discussion seminar


30 weeks: 12.45-2pm


Members present, in turn, material which is drawn from their current caseload. To understand the child and families' experience, taking into account their past histories, ph/fantasies, taking into account the pressures exerted on the worker by the patient's experience and the pressures exerted on the worker by the agency's expectations. To give an example, there is a particular set of emotional difficulties in an abused family and thus on their worker which will be different if that worker is a paediatrician, teacher, social worker or a police officer - irrespective of the worker's sensitivity.


Infant Observation seminar

30 weeks 2.15- 3.30 pm


Young Child Observation Seminar


Year Two only


30 Weeks 3.45- 5 pm


Members will make weekly visits of one hour for the duration of the course to a child between the ages of two and four, either at home or in nursery. Detailed records of these visits are presented to the seminar group for discussion.


Friday Workshops

Thinking Psychodynamically about Clients and Settings

5 Afternoons:1.00-4.00pm


These are led by speakers from a variety of settings. Attendance is essential.


This series of lectures is designed as a framework which, it is hoped, will heighten awareness of children's experiences and the effects we as professionals have on them. Attendance is not mandatory, but is recommended.


Saturday Theory Seminars

Theory in years one and two is taught on a conceptual basis, i.e. taking key psychoanalytic concepts and reading key texts by the original authors and later refinements of theory by more recent authors.



All events are at Custard Factory. A well-resourced library is open to students during office hours, with lending and reference sections and free internet access. Photocopying of materials for the course is also free to students.