Northern Rivers Psychoanalytic Study Group

Introduction to Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Course 2017 (NRPPC)

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Northern Rivers Introduction to Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Course 2017 is an outreach program ofthe Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis presented by Northern Rivers Psychoanalytic Study Group. The Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy Course offers clinicians a chance to deepen their psychotherapy skills with the best of contemporary psychoanalytical thought.

A 32 week program, the course will be held on Wednesdays in Bangalow over four terms commencing in February 2017.  

The syllabus is based on Alessandra Lemma’s book ‘Introduction to the Practice of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,’ which can be approached from different levels of experience. The Course helps participants to develop an ‘analytic attitude’ to understand patients’ distress and promote lasting change. This ‘analytic attitude’ can also be useful for practitioners of organisational change and legal mediation. Participants who have found this course helpful include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, GP’s, nurses, organisational consultants and lawyers. Aspects of psychodynamic theory and practice covered in the syllabus include:
• an overview of the Schools of Psychoanalysis
• the process of psychic change
• the analytic frame and attitude
• unconscious communication
• defences and resistance
• transference and countertransference
• working with endings.

Members of the NRPSG will lead Seminars demonstrating different ways of working with psychodynamic ideas. Seminars run from 6.30‐9.30pm on Wednesday evenings, in four terms of 8 weeks that follow the school term timetable from February to November 2017.
Term 1: 8 February - 29 March 2017
Term 2: 3 May - 21 June 2017
Term 3: 26 July - 13 September 2017
Term 4: 11 October - 29 November 2017

Each Wednesday evening consists of two seminars, separated by a half hour dinner break. In the first seminar the key concepts of the reading are outlined by Seminar leaders. Participants are asked to bring a vignette, question, or comment to explore ideas in the reading. In the second seminar two participants give presentations for discussion in small groups.

Every participant will be given a copy of Alessandra Lemma’s book. Participants are provided with a subscription to PEPWEB, which provides online access to most psychodynamic journals.

Dr. Wilmot will be available for Course participants who would like help to consider their professional development in Psychoanalysis further.

For most participants NRPPC provides a self-contained module suitable for professional development programs. While NRPPC is not a clinical qualification, many participants use the Course as a foundation for further studies in the Sydney Institute Psychoanalysis (SIP) Small Group Seminar (SGS) program, or training programs at SIP and other organisations.

The SGS program supplements NRPPC with seminars that explore subjects in more depth. More information about SGS can be found here: www.sydneypsychoanalysis.a‐supervision.html

Wherever possible, it is recommended that participants have a personal experience of psychodynamic psychotherapy to better understand the Course material, and help to find a therapist can be provided.

A Certificate of Attendance will be provided on satisfactory completion of the Course.

If you wish to apply for a place in the NRPPC Course complete the online Application Form. Applications close 30th November 2016. Applicants will be interviewed to discuss the suitability of the Course for their interests. The Course Fee of $2900 (+ $290 GST) is payable upon acceptance of a place.

Please direct enquiries about the NRPPC program to Dr. Thomas Wilmot, Jan Campbell Thompson or Denis Casey at

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