Introducing our Digital Academy’s first Trust Certificate – and you can apply now

8 October 2020

The Tavistock and Portman Digital Academy launched early last month with five new online courses of varying format, level and duration – including its first year-long Trust Certificate, ‘Psychoanalytic Thinking at Work’.

Digital Academy Psychoanalytic Thinking at Work

“Our Digital Academy has been established to evolve our offer – to widen access and engage new learners, without losing the qualities that make our learning experience so special”, explains Brian Rock, Dean and Director of Education and Training.

“Producing a fully online course of this length and complexity illustrates our commitment to bringing our distinctive approach and expertise to an even more diverse range of learners. As we celebrate our 100th year, the spirit of innovation from our founders is never more evident than in this new development.”

The year-long, online course will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of psychoanalytic thinking and experiential learning, exploring the process of applying psychoanalytic theory to the workplace.

“The course will offer the opportunity to study aspects of human development and how our mind works through the lens of psychoanalytic thinking. The course aims to enhance current working practice, while helping students gain important insights into unconscious processes that affect cognitive, behavioural and emotional states”, says course lead Dr Peter Slater. “It is the hope that this course will attract a diverse cohort of students who are open to experiencing a unique view on how the human mind works.”

The course blends synchronous and asynchronous learning, drawing on the expertise and experience of Digital Academy partner Pearson in the development of its learning design. Students will be invited to engage with core course content via videos and articles, explore key concepts with their peers in group discussion forums, and join regular online group seminars and one-on-one tutorials.

Anyone wishing to take part in the course will be asked to undergo an application process similar to that of the Tavistock and Portman’s postgraduate training programmes, including an online interview. “The application process is designed to ensure that this is the right course for you”, explains Dr Slater. “The group will be limited to just fifteen students in its inception year and it is envisaged that places for this new course will be filled quickly.”

Psychoanalytic Thinking at Work’ will go live on Monday 16 November 2020, and applications are open now. For those who are interested in finding out more about the course, Dr Peter Slater will be leading an introductory ‘Open Event’ via Zoom on Tuesday 13 October from 1–2pm. You can register to attend for free on the Digital Academy website.

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