psychoanalytic psychotherapy reading group

  • May - July 2021 (see dates under 'structure')
  • The reading group is meeting online but will go back to in-person, when possible.

Are you interested in the origins and development of psychoanalytic theory and practice? How has psychoanalytic thinking been developed and applied to understanding ourselves and the world we live in?

who is it for

The course may appeal to people who want to acquaint themselves with the fundamentals of psychoanalytic theory out of personal interest, or who see it as a step towards embarking on a psychoanalytic training.

course content

This reading group will discuss and explore the rich psychoanalytic literature from Freud to the current day. Members of the group will be expected each week to read a seminal paper chosen from the psychoanalytic literature. The discussion is an important part of the ethos and is intended to leave room for a variety of different views in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

The group will be facilitated by an experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapist who will be able to offer a context for each paper and some material from their own clinical experience as an aid to learning.


Seminars run on Thursdays from 18.30 - 20.00.

Dates - Summer term

  • 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May

(Reading Week 3rd June - no seminar)

  • 10th, 17th, 24th June
  • 1st July

entry requirements

A personal interest in the fundamentals of psychoanalytic theory.


Cost of a term of 8 seminars is £310. Cost for the two terms (16 seminars), if booked together, will be at a discounted rate of £600, whilst the cost for all three terms (24 seminars) is £880.

Please note that the bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed. See our cancellation and refund policies for more information.

how to apply

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form supplied and email it to the PPA Training Coordinator at

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Reading list for Summer 2020

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Reading list for Spring 2021

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Reading list for Summer 2021

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access information

The building has limited access - please call us on 020 8452 9823 to discuss your needs.  

contact us

To find out more and discuss your interest, please email Alice Cowley at

For any admin enquiries, please contact the PPA Training Coordinator at

The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.