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Diploma in Modern Psychodynamic Psychology

Total recommended period of study: approx. 4 months or less. Continuous enrolment. No time limit.

Cost: £225.00  (225 Pounds Sterling)

Two FREE textbooks will be included for students from the UK.  

This course comprises two modules that are also available elsewhere in our catalogue. Module One is a part of some of our other longer courses. Module Two is available as a stand-alone course as the Diploma in Psychology of the Unconscious. If you have taken one or both modules previously you can apply for exemption and/or discount in order to earn this Diploma.

Method of study  

Textbook study - distance learning. Written assignments based on textbooks and exercises. Assignment questions are issued by email and students return their written work by email. Results and feedback are issued by email. There is no final exam.

Course overview

This course is about theories of the unconscious how our unconscious minds affect our behaviour and our feelings. Many trainings in coaching, hypnotherapy and even counselling cover the concept of the unconscious only briefly. In some hypnotherapy trainings, Freud and Jung are treated very briefly and psychodynamic (Freudian and post-Freudian) theory is not presented in an up-to-date way. CBT is often regarded by critics as a therapy without depth, though modern cognitive approaches recognise the unconscious and sometimes work with it. This course will broaden your understanding of theories of the unconscious and show the connection of the deeper parts of the mind  not only to our past and to our cultural heritage but also to our spirituality.

Module 1 of the course gives a modern presentation of psychoanalytic theory and shows how it is very relevant to psychotherapy today. Key Freudian concepts are explained in modern terms with cultural and clinical examples.

Module 2 explores some of the definitions and theories of the unconscious mind, including theories which prefer not to not use the terms "unconscious" or "subconscious" but use different language instead. This module provides perspectives for anyone who is involved in counselling, psychotherapy or hypnotherapy or interested in the nature of the mind.

Syllabus (this syllabus is subject to change and actual course headings may differ):

Module One

• Introducing the unconscious

• Psychosexual development & the Oedipus conflict

• Repetition compulsion; anxiety

• Defence mechanisms; guilt

• Grief, mourning,

• Dreams

• Transference

Module Two

• Unconscious influences on awareness

• History of ideas of the unconscious

• Freud and Jung

• Sullivan, Perls and Boss

• Discourses of the unconscious

• The unconscious in cognitive therapy and cognitive science

• The transpersonal unconscious

• New and old view of the unconscious - towards a synthesis?

Two university-level textbooks are required as the main books for the course. Further reading is optional though comprehensive reading lists and lists of websites are given, enabling you to pursue further studies at your leisure.

Entry criteria and suitability  

This course is designed for professional development of therapists, counsellors, coaches and other helping professionals and may also be taken for personal interest. No particular qualifications are required for entry but a knowledge of English at professional level and the ability to study from university-level textbooks is expected.


Successful graduates will receive the Diploma in Modern Psychodynamic Psychology awarded by UK College of Holistic Training which is a private UK qualification.  The course is accredited for professional development purposes by ACCPH. Course graduates may use the postnominal designation Dip. M.P. Psych.

Please note that this course is a private qualification for the helping professional in private practice, those who already have the core qualifications for their career, or those interested in the subject.  It may be taken for professional development/continuing education purposes or for personal interest.

Further information

Please see our FAQs page for general information.

We reserve the right to change the syllabus and other details of any course at any time.

Course textbooks:

Kahn, Michael, Basic Freud: Psychoanalytic Thought for the 21st Century. Basic Books, 2002.

Edwards, David and Jacobs, Michael. Conscious and Unconscious. Open University Press, 2003.

Free copies will be sent to UK students.

You may start at any time of year
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