Brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Course overview

A three day course introducing the principles and practice of working with Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the application of these principles in clinical practice. 

The first day is to introduce a particular approach to conducting Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. We pay special attention to the principles and practice of working in the transference within the framework of a 16 session individual treatment. The second two days will focus on the application of the principles of BPT in clinical practice. We shall consider in detail the moment-by-moment transactions in BPT, and also follow the trajectory of this form of treatment over 16 sessions. We shall devote time to addressing issues that are specially pressing for the conduct of BPT.

The objectives of the course are to consider the principles of transference-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how these may be relevant for a brief intervention

  • To consider the practice of transference-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy and especially, how a therapist understands a patient in terms of his/her repeating patterns of relatedness and relationship, as expressed in the here-and-now.
  • To explore the degree to which psychoanalytic psychotherapy needs to be adjusted within a limited time-frame and if it does, in which respects.
  • To examine whether a manual can help therapists and/or trainees to understand and conduct a particular approach to Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • To evaluate participants’ understanding of the approach through an adherence manual applied to transcripts of treatment sessions

We shall be flexible in combining a number of approaches, including:

  • Formal presentations on the principles and practice of Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, giving close attention to the therapist’s stance and therapeutic interventions.
  • Illustrative case presentations by the course organiser, highlighting the special qualities and challenges of Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.
  • Less structured, more back-and-forth discussions among course organiser and participants on aspects of therapeutic technique, including those distilled in a treatment manual.
  • Work discussion groups in relation to case examples, presented either by course organiser or participants from their own therapeutic work.
  • Exercises in rating whether (and in what ways) transcripts of sessions provided by the course organiser conform to Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, using an Adherence Manual and scoring sheets to distil features of the approach
  • Meeting of all participants at the end of each day, to gather feedback and adjust the course accordingly.


Much of the clinical material for the course will be drawn from a book entitled Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy by R. Peter Hobson (Oxford University Press, 2016), and previous course participants have found it valuable to have this book at hand.

The objectives of the course are to consider the principles of transference-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy and how these may be relevant for a brief intervention

  • To consider the practice of transference-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy and especially, how a therapist understands a patient in terms of his/her repeating patterns of relatedness and relationship, as expressed in the here-and-now.
  • To explore the degree to which psychoanalytic psychotherapy needs to be adjusted within a limited time-frame and if it does, in which respects.
  • To examine whether a manual can help therapists and/or trainees to understand and conduct a particular approach to Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • To evaluate participants’ understanding of the approach through an adherence manual applied to transcripts of treatment sessions

The course is open to professionals whose current work might benefit from understanding Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with adults. We anticipate that the majority of participants will be psychotherapists, counsellors, psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, and members of allied professions who already have some experience of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Peter Hobson is Emeritus Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, University of London, and a Lifetime Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is a psychoanalyst trained at the British Psychoanalytical Society.

Each day will run from 10.00am – 4.00pm, on the following dates,

Monday 27 July 2020

Tuesday 28 July 2020

Wednesday 29 July 2020

"Being challenged to think differently to evidence my practice. Enjoyed Peter’s insight and reflections and his experience, keeping the service user at the heart of everything he said and did, embodying this case and value in teaching "

"Reflection of cases as a group with Prof Hobson and thinking together about how BPT is applied in an IT session framework"

"Opportunity for discussion in group made possible by skilful facilitation from Peter"

"Very knowledgeable, inclusive of all ideas, constructive. Aimed at all levels"

"Excellent teacher, experienced clinician able to teach all levels accessibly"


Each day will start at 10.00am, finishing at 4.00pm. 


Day 1 

This introductory day will outline the basic theoretical  and therapeutic principles of Brief Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It will enable participants to grasp the rationale of the approach and see how this is applied in practice. There will be opportunities to question and  discuss the relation of this intervention to other forms of psychotherapeutic treatment.

Days 2 -3

Here we shall pursue the above issues in more depth and consider how a range of clinical cases (including some transcribed sessions) do or do not follow the principles of this approach. There will be group discussions to further this critical exploration of psychoanalytic psychotherapy as practiced within a brief time frame.

NOTE: Much of the clinical material for this course will be taken from a book which previous course participants have found it helpful to purchase in advance:

Hobson, R.P. (2016). Brief Psychoanalytic Therapy. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Tavistock Centre

120 Belsize Lane

London

NW3 5BA

£600

Code:
CPD78
Qualification:
Certificate of attendance
Attendance:
Part-time
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
Open
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Date:
27 July 2020 10:00 to 29 July 2020 16:00
Course lead:
Peter Hobson

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