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Certificate in Advanced Psychodynamics

The purpose of this Module is to advance the students’ knowledge and skills so that trainees can integrate psychodynamic theory and practice more seamlessly into their work with clients. 

Course Details

The purpose of this module is to advance the student’s knowledge, experience and skills so that students can better integrate psychodynamic theory and practice into their client work. Specifically, this requires building upon their existing knowledge and skills of psychodynamic psychotherapy. The module is directed at furthering each student’s progression towards a personal, critical model of the psychodynamic approach within the psychotherapeutic encounter.

Students are introduced to the theories and approaches of Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby, Kohut, Trevarthen, and Stern, and equipped with a theoretical background and opportunity to develop and practice skills used in post-Freudian psychodynamic psychotherapy.
There is a focus on transference, counter-transference, attachment and intersubjectivity in clinical work, as informed by the Object Relations and Self-Psychology schools.


: Dublin City Centre, Limerick & Belfast 
Duration: 30 Hour Programme
Next Start Date: Dublin City Centre - TBC

                            Limerick -  TBC 

                            Belfast - TBC*


*For booking on to the Belfast course, please contact enquiries@pcicollege.ie or +353 1 464 2268

Two Weekends:
Times: Saturday & Sunday - 9:00am - 5:30pm 
Lecturer: Madeleine Flynn


  • An understanding of the theories of the Object Relations and Self Psychology schools, Attachment theory and Inter-subjectivity, in particular the thinking of Klein, Bowlby, Winnicott and Kohut, Trevarthen, Stern.
  • The role of early relationships in psychological life and development.
  • The acquisition of psychodynamic concepts and approaches and an ability to demonstrate their application in a clinical setting familiar to each student.
  • Further development of advanced practical skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • Further development of competence in working with transference and counter-transference material in a clinical setting.
  • Critical thinking: contemporary and advanced psychodynamic approaches and skills in working with complex defenses in the psychotherapeutic encounter.

Assessed Award:


Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training (Year 2 onwards). Entry is by application form.


What our Students Say

“I am really enjoying the Distance Learning Certificate. I can study at home, when it suits me and I am learning so much about counselling. It is a great way for me to start my studies in this area. The material is easy to access and the support from the lecturers is a great help. I’m looking forward to the weekend workshops too, to put all the theory into practice”
M Derwin. Distance Learning Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2013-2014

What our Students Say

“The lecture was very clear and not rushed in explaining all questions that were asked.This workshop was very beneficial in taking the fear out of going into private practice”
Noelle Kenny - Setting up in Private Practice workshop
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