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(Theory & Practice)


CPD certificate course and an introduction to study at the PA. Students who complete the course can apply to both the Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training. 

The pandemic has exposed and intensified the existing inequalities of an already profoundly unfair society. Many people who were precarious and isolated before the coronavirus struck now feel even more marginalised. We are living through a social transformation whose outcome is uncertain: it is doubtful whether the “new normal” will actually improve the conditions of ordinary life. One thing is clear, however: more of our time is spent online. Sociologists have even begun to speak of the Internet as our “home”, though for some this means the boredom and blurred boundaries of work-from-home. Psychotherapists and other practitioners who have moved their practice onto digital platforms such as Zoom may never fully return to face-to-face work, and this is just as big a shift for those who use their services as it is for the practitioners themselves.


Online communication has the power to create new forms of dialogue and debate. People who might otherwise never meet can now talk via Zoom and other platforms. Do virtual platforms offer the opportunity for meaningful connection through online conversation? This is a question to be explored in both theory and practice by this new course which includes seminars on a variety of psychotherapeutic, philosophical and social questions.


As part of the PA’s study programme, this online course has been developed to meet the demand for those interested in the PA’s work (and our continuing enquiry into the assumptions we carry about ourselves and others) who aren’t able to attend our established in-person courses in London. 

The course takes place on Wednesday evenings (seminar and experiential group) 


Application is by interview. The course costs £640 plus a £50 interview fee. There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income.

     Interviews taking place now

      Click here to apply.

2023/2024 PROGRAMME

Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

Experiential Group Facilitators:

Jeremy Cutler & Emma Stroker

Administration: Sophia Raja

Reading Group Facilitators: 

Daniel Bristow & Iain Strong

Details Here

In addition to the regular meetings of each individual course, students from all the courses will be invited to attend a series of Saturday morning online seminars and a reading group. 

Autumn Term Saturday Study Programme Seminars

25 November & 2 December 2023

10am - 11.30am (UK time)


Jan Resnick 

See Here for details




Wednesday Evenings 


The experiential group has no agenda apart from attending to how this particular group forms and develops, the contribution each person makes, and whether we can learn from the experience to understand what a group is.

SEMINARS 8—9.30pm 


October 18 & 25

Theory: It's use and misuse

Lucy King


November 1 & 8 

Laing & Anti-PsychIatry

kevin Ball


November 15 & 22

Nietzsche & Psychotherapy

Onel Brooks 


29 & 6 December 

On Community

Jake Osborne 


December 13  

Avoiding Intimacy

Nick Duffell 


Spring Term Saturday Seminars

January 27 2024

 10 - 11.30am (UK time)

PA Communities- What are we doing there ? 

Amy Ison, Kay Holmes, Nina Shores

February 3 & 10

11 - 12.30 (UK time)

Kingsley Hall Journals

Paul Zeal



January 24 & 31 2024

Buddhism & Psychotherapy 

Andreas Constandinos


February 7 & 14

Virtue & Character in Psychotherapy

Elie Jesner


February 21 & 28

Societies Heteronormativity and understanding the queer experience in our world and and the consulting room 

Lakis Georghiou 

March 6 & 13 

Social Class & Psychotherapy 

Paul Gurney 


March 20


Daniela Bruni



Saturday Seminar (postponed), new date to be confirmed)

April 20 

10 - 11.30am


Del Loewenthal


April 10 & 17 


Ben Scanlan 


24 & 1 May 

The Privacy of the Self, the intricacies of personal public and relational life. How much do we really want to reveal about ourselves and our innermost thoughts to others?

James Mann 


May 8 & 15

Post-Existentialism, Levinas and

the Decentred Subject.

Del Loewenthal


May 22 & 29 

Learning how to read again (and again), or teaching how to curse: counter-colonial conversations (can reading poetry help us to listen? Can writing help us to read? And what of responding in kind or with kindness?)

Robbie Lockwood 


June 5 


Mark Elmer 

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