Certificate in Psychoanalysis 2018-02-06T16:44:31+00:00

Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Application

  • Award: Certificate of Attendance and Participation. CPD: 24 hours

  • Cost: €495.00 (Reduced rate for IICP Students /Alumni and VCS Counsellors: €420.75)

  • Dates: Four day Certificate course starting, Friday 15 June 2018

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm


Building over four days, the course provides an insight into the work of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and the French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan (1901-1981), both pioneers in the field of psychoanalysis, and the application of their concepts to contemporary clinical practice. Each day will be divided into seminar-style talks that will focus on key aspects of theory set out below, which will be underpinned by case studies and clinical exemplars. The emphasis will be on discussion and on participation.

Psychoanalysis offers mental health practitioners another mode of technique and practice that they may wish to add and integrate into their clinical work. There are several hundred psychoanalysts working throughout Ireland in a variety of health, education and social care sectors. Far from being an obscure school of thought, psychoanalysis continues to offer a particular approach to working with mental health, psychopathology, and modern life that emerges out of philosophy, the sciences, linguistics, literature, and discourse theory. This short course illustrates what psychoanalysis offers in its approach to mental life and human subjectivity.

Course Content

Day 1: Introduction to Freud’s Innovations and How the Analyst Works.

This day introduces the course participants to the context to Freud’s invention of psychoanalysis and then explores language and the unconscious, dreams, the drives, the Oedipus complex and introduction to psychoanalytic listening and technique. This day sets out how psychoanalysis is distinguished from other therapeutic approaches.

Day 2: Freud on Group Psychology, Sexuality, Religion and Culture.

Building on Day 1, this day will explore Freud’s conceptions of sexuality, group psychology and his analysis of the role of religion and culture in modern life, and their usefulness and application in clinical practice. This is some of Freud’s most innovative work and offers radical perspectives on the social world, sexuality and culture.

Day 3: Lacan on Desire and the Speaking Subject.

Augmented by the Freudian foundation developed over the first two days, this day will explore Lacan’s re-assessment of the Freudian subject as the “speaking subject,” the question of desire, the three orders of the symbolic, imaginary and real, and clinical diagnosis as “structure.” This day, in addition to day 4, will unpack some of Lacan key concepts and show their clinical and practical relevance.

Day 4: Lacan on Diagnosis and the Clinical Structures.

The Lacanian diagnostic structures of hysteria, obsessional neurosis, psychosis and perversion and their clinical applications are explored in detail. A variety of case studies and exemplars, including modern symptoms described as “borderline,” will set out and illustrate these different clinical categories and how they also encapsulate modern symptoms and syndromes.


  • Friday, 15 June 2018
  • Saturday, 16 June 2018
  • Friday, 22 June 2018
  • Saturday, 23 June 2018
    • 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This certificate program is open to both beginners and clinical practitioners in counselling and
    psychotherapy seeking a serious introduction to psychoanalytic technique and practice.


  • Certificate of Attendance and Participation
  • CPD: 25 hours


  • €495.00 (15% discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors: €420.75)


Getting Started

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Why attend this CPD Course?

  • Open to both beginners and clinical practitioners in psychotherapy seeking a serious introduction to psychoanalytic technique and practice.

  • Provides an insight into the work of Sigmund Freud and the French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, pioneers in the field of psychoanalysis.

  • Illustrates what psychoanalysis offers in its approach to mental life and human subjectivity.

  • Offers participants ways of incorporating psychoanalysis into their clinical practice.

About the Programme Facilitator

Dr. Eve Watson
Dr. Eve WatsonIICP Module & CPD Lecturer
Eve Watson (PhD, MICP, RegPract APPI) is a psychoanalytic practitioner working in Dublin’s city centre, and is involved in teaching and training in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and teacher education. Her recent book (w/ Dr. Noreeen Giffney) is Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (Punctum, 2017) and she has a book chapter on children and transsexuality in Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children and Adolescents (Karnac, 2017) and forthcoming on female sexuality in Lacan’s Ecrits: A Reader’s Guide, Vol. 2 (Routledge, 2018). She is currently the editor of Lacunae, the International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis, a peer-reviewed journal, and is a member of the Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI).