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Psychotherapy Today bpf Introductory Course: Exeter




Introduction to Psychoanalytic and Jungian Ideas in a Challenging World

Location: Exeter University, College of Life and Environmental Studies, Washington Singer Building, Perry Road, Exeter EX4 4QG.


Want to think deeper?  Interested in a career in psychotherapy?

The course consists of seminars exploring a range of contemporary issues through the understanding that Psychoanalytic and Jungian theory offer. Each seminar is delivered via the web which students can watch in their own time. We will then come together for   facilitated discussions, in which the ideas and issues raised can be further opened up. 

The course aims to kindle curiosity, encourage critical thinking, make connections, and investigate differences in a creative and inclusive group setting, enabling students to develop their own associations and ideas. This course is also offered in London, starting in October 2017.


Seminar Leaders and discussion facilitators will be bpf psychoanalytic psychotherapists, jungian analysts, child and adolescent psychotherapists or psychoanalysts working in private practice, the voluntary sector and the NHS.

Each student will have the support of a mentor, either a bpf member, and/or a psychotherapist who is able to offer guidance through the course and, for those wishing to go further, advice about pathways towards one of the bpf professional trainings.


Session 1


What is a mind?

A Historical and Philosophical overview of Freud and Jung.

The Unconscious at P

lay - Art, dreams, myths and representations of the 'unseen'.

Session 2

Mapping the landscape

Developing Jungian and Psychoanalytic models of the mind.

Session 3

Infant Development

How do we become who we are?

How infant observation can inform our seeing

Session 4

Trauma and Neuroscience

How trauma impacts our ways of being in the world.

Session 5

Body in mind, mind in body

Session 6

Diving deeper: elaborating psychoanalytic and jungian thought

Session 7

Defences:what they are and why we need them

Session 8

Group dynamics

How do we affect each other?

How we ‘other’ other people

Session 9

Sex and sexuality: fetish and fantasy

Session 10

Narcissistic and borderline states of mind in the consulting room and beyond.

Session 11

Ideas in practice. Applied work. What is it really like to be a psychotherapist?



Please contact:Sandra Pereira, MSc, Postgraduate & Public Courses Officer, British Psychotherapy Foundation,

37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ,
Tel: 020 8452 9823

For more information on syllabus and course content please contact: Maggy Cairns via email m.cairns@exeter.ac.uk.

Location: Exeter University, College of Life and Environmental Studies, Washington Singer Building, Perry Road, Exeter EX4 4QG.


Washington Singer is fully accessible by wheelchair. The rooms we are using (025/026) are on the ground floor. There is a lift to the other floors and a disabled toilet on the 1st floor.   There is also a disabled toilet on the ground floor of the building. There are several disabled car parking spaces in front of the building and by the Mood Disorders Centre which is the building behind the Washington Singer building. Blue badges must be displayed in order to park in these spaces. There are no parking charges payable on the campus at weekends.


£770.00 per annum

Fees can be paid in instalments, please discuss with Sandra Pereira.


All cancellations must be made in writing and subject to an admin fee of £25.
100% refund will be given for cancellations up to 60 days before the course start date.
50% refund will be given for cancellations up to 30 days before the course start date.
No refund for cancellations received in less than 30 days before the course start date.

DISCLAIMER: The bpf will  not be held  responsible for travel/ hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed.

The bpf values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


Tel: 020 8452 9823 Registered office: 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Company number 8238969 registered in England and Wales Registered charity number 1150806