Psychoanalysis Diploma Course

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What Will You Learn?

Discover how psychoanalysis was developed by Sigmund Freud and continues to evolve with those who have come after him. You’ll learn about the studies undertaken to prove its effectiveness, how it is used to help clients, and the qualities and training needed to become a professional Psychoanalyst.

From the course, you will first learn about psychotherapy and the differences between this and similar practices. You’ll explore the common elements of psychotherapy and the various ways it can help clients in either one-to-one, couples or group therapy settings and how the clients themselves can get the most from their sessions. You will also learn what the most common forms of psychotherapy are and the differences between their approaches.

The course focusses on psychoanalysis - a method of psychotherapy that places significant emphasis on the contents of the unconscious mind. You will discover what psychoanalysis is and how the practice is used to help clients solve their psychological and emotional problems.

As the founding father of psychoanalysis, it is important to understand the work of Sigmund Freud. From the Psychoanalysis Diploma Course, you learn about his life, beliefs, popular and lesser-known theories, and the legacy he has left in the fields of psychology and psychiatry.

The course explains Freud’s theory of Psychosexual Development and the five stages of life that everyone goes through, from birth to becoming a young adult, and how others are opposed to this idea. You’ll also learn about Attachment Theory and how this affects child and adult relationships.

Although psychoanalysis may have begun with Sigmund Freud, it certainly didn’t end with him. This course looks at the people who came after him and the ways in which they have added to his theories on personality and development with their own concepts.

As with most types of therapy and counselling, psychoanalysis has its fair share of naysayers. The course takes a candid view of modern criticisms and to what extent these points may be considered valid, as well as offering counter arguments. You will also learn about the importance of self-reflection within the role of a Psychoanalyst.

Additionally, the course looks at evidence to explain whether psychoanalysis works, the tests used in research studies, and the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method research to describe the success of the therapy.

While psychoanalysis is used to treat a variety of conditions, the course explains its use in treating the two most common mental health problems - anxiety and depression. The course looks at the common psychoanalytic explanations for these conditions and how they can be treated using psychoanalysis.

In addition to learning about the practice itself, you will also learn about psychoanalysis as a career option. You’ll learn what personal qualities you’ll need to succeed and the challenges that can arise during psychoanalytic training. The course also outlines a typical training route that you could take and the career paths open to qualified psychoanalysts.

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Course Syllabus

What will I learn on the course?

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  • Part 1: Psychotherapy
  • Part 2: Common elements in psychotherapy
  • Part 3: How exactly does psychotherapy work?
  • Part 4: What qualities will help a client get the most from their therapy?
  • Part 5: What are the most common forms of psychotherapy practised today?
  • Part 6: What happens when psychotherapy goes “wrong”?
  • Module 1 Assessment
  • Part 1: The key assumptions behind psychoanalysis
  • Part 2: Example of psychoanalysis in action: Eric
  • Module 2 Assessment
  • Part 1: Sigmund Freud
  • Part 2: How Freud used hypnosis
  • Part 3: Freud and dream analysis
  • Part 4: Freud’s seduction theory
  • Part 5: Freud’s followers
  • Part 6: The rise of Nazism and Freud’s escape
  • Part 7: Freud’s less well-known theories
  • Part 8: Freud’s legacy
  • Module 3 Assessment
  • Part 1: Freud’s theory of psychosexual development
  • Part 2: What happens if someone becomes stuck at a particular stage?
  • Part 3: Attachment Theory – a key development
  • Part 4: Building on attachment theory – Mary Ainsworth
  • Part 5: The attachment styles in adult relationships
  • Module 4 Assessment
  • Part 1: Carl Jung
  • Part 2: The 12 archetypes
  • Part 3: The soul types
  • Part 4: The self types
  • Part 5: Jung’s views on personality
  • Part 6: Anna Freud – How she continued her father’s legacy
  • Part 7: Melanie Klein
  • Part 8: Donald Winnicott
  • Part 9: Alfred Adler and Karen Horney
  • Part 10: Erik Erikson
  • Module 5 Assessment
  • Part 1: General criticisms of psychotherapy
  • Part 2: Counter Arguments
  • Part 3: Modern criticisms of psychoanalysis
  • Part 4: The role of modern psychiatry
  • Part 5: The rise of brief therapies as a replacement for psychoanalysis
  • Module 6 Assessment
  • Part 1: What does it mean when we say that a therapy “works”?
  • Part 2: Common tests used in research studies
  • Part 3: Qualitative methods
  • Part 4: The paradigm debate – why mixed methods research has a controversial history
  • Part 5: So can psychologists and psychotherapists really check whether a therapy has had a beneficial effect?
  • Part 6: The importance of the therapeutic alliance
  • Part 7: What should we conclude?
  • Module 7 Assessment
  • Part 1: What does psychoanalytic theory say about anxiety?
  • Part 2: Defence mechanisms and anxiety
  • Part 3: Are some defence mechanisms better or healthier than others?
  • Part 4: A psychoanalytic perspective on depression
  • Part 5: Other psychoanalytic perspectives
  • Part 6: Coyne’s Interpersonal Theory of Depression
  • Module 8 Assessment
  • Part 1: Training
  • Part 2: What practical skills do trainees learn?
  • Part 3: Career options after training
  • Part 4: Training in other therapies
  • Module 9 Assessment
Who Would Benefit from This Course?

Those interested in the work of Sigmund Freud and the subject of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy will enjoy this course. Along with supplying a good understanding of this therapy, the course also teaches you about the skills and training you will need to pursue a career as a Psychoanalyst.

Studying this course can also help you to understand people better, by enhancing your insight into human nature, which is a skill that can be applied to most professions. The knowledge within would be especially useful to those working in counselling and therapy roles.

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Accreditations

The Psychoanalysis Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. This is a Level 3 course and will give you 150 CPD (Continued Professional Development) points.

Upon completion of your course assessments, you receive 2 certificates. A certified Diploma certificate from the Centre of Excellence and a CPD certificate displaying the number of CPD points earned from the course.

This course is registered with the CMA (Complementary Medical Association), which is internationally recognised as the elite force in professional, ethical complementary medicine by professional practitioners, doctors and, increasingly, by the general public. Upon completion of the course you can gain membership to the CMA, which in addition to supplying a professional accreditation, offers a number of benefits, all of which can be found here.

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can also receive a certificate of achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course. (This certificate is optional and costs an additional £15).

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high-quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries.

This course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme.

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