Understanding Psychotherapy: A Social History of the Mind
"The brain is wider than the sky." - Emily Dickinson
Information at a Glance
- Evening Class
- Tuesdays 18:00 - 20:00
- 9 weeks: October to December
- 2 hours taught time per week
- Tutors: Various leading members of the UKCP
- Fees from £95 to £178
- Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
- THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL
This course, organised in partnership with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, is now full
Since the earliest recording of human culture, there has been evidence of human mental and emotional distress and ways to explain and alleviate it. On this nine week course we will explore aspects of the history of psychotherapy in the company of some of the leading figures working in psychotherapy today.
The course will begin by looking at the pre-history of psychotherapy which stretches back as far as the ancient Greek writer Hippocrates in the third-century BCE, and we will look at other approaches rooted in ancient mystical and medical practices. Moving forward in time we will discover the work of Chalcot in the late 1800s, when psychological causes for physical symptoms started to be identified, which prompted the young Sigmund Freud to develop his psychoanalytic theory and practice, and finally we will move on to post-Freudian understandings of the mind and therapies used today.
Through this historical study we will encounter engaging facts, stories and discussion which will illuminate a practice that has often been shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. The aim of the course is also to be interactive, so discussion on the themes raised will be welcomed and encouraged.
The programme, delivered in partnership with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, will conclude with a consideration of what the future may hold against a backdrop of remarkable technological and medical advances, and yet seemingly ever-increasing feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.
No prior knowledge of history, medicine or psychotherapy is required to join this course. Also please note that this course is not designed to train people in the practical skills of psychotherapy.
OUTLINE PROGRAMME (Subject to possible change)
- 15 October: Introduction. In search of human nature: why history matters – Professor Brett Kahr
- 22 October: Under the Skin: Freud and the Unconscious – Professor Brett Kahr
- 29 October: War and Neuroses – Martin Pollecoff
- 5 November: Psychotherapy’s connection with Art and Film – Professor Sarah Niblock
- 12 November: Body and Soul Rethought – Dr Divine Charura
- 19 November: Beyond the individual: working with families and groups – Dr Reenee Singh
- 26 November: Childhood: The Impact on Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing - Jocelyne Quennell
- 3 December: Self-actualisation: Humanistic psychology and the transpersonal – Martin Pollecoff
- 10 December: Psychotherapy today and in the future – Dr Vanja Orlans
Convenor: Professor Sarah Niblock (UKCP)
Additional Reading and Credit Information
There is no compulsory reading required for this course, and there is no set course text.
No academic credits are available for this course. An attendance certificate is issued only to those who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions.
About Your Tutor
The tutors for this course are all members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy and experts in the field. By combining their expertise into one course this is a truely broad-ranging and enlightening series of classes that draws on the knowledge of some of the best people working in psychoterapy today.
The convenor of the programme is Professor Sarah Niblock who is the Chief Executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
For more information on the UK Council for Psychotherapy please visit the UKCP website.
Course Fees and Rate Categories
|Hours||Weeks||Standard Rate||Internal Rate||Associate Rate|
|18||9||£178 (Early Bird rate: £162*)||£104 (Early Bird rate: £95*)
||£137 (Early Bird rate: £126*)|
|* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October | All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.|
Fee Categories and Discounts
- Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.
- Applies to current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors).
- Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should email evening email@example.com before completing the online enrolment form.
- Students (non-Imperial College)
- Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
- City & Guilds College Association members
- Members of the Friends of Imperial College
- Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
- Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
- Harrods staff
- Historic Royal Palaces staff
- Natural History Museum staff
- Science Museum staff
- Victoria and Albert Museum staff
- Royal Geographical Society staff
- Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
- Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
- Austrian Cultural Forum staff
- Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
- Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
- Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
- Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
- Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
- Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.
Applicable terms & conditions
Please read the before enrolling on any course.
|Hours||Weeks||Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|18||9||14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)||n/a||n/a|
Web enrolment starts 1 August
Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:
- Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable category must be selected on the eStore
- First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
- The booking process involves entering payment details before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
- The following email notifications will be sent
|What is sent||When is it sent||What does it contain|
|1. Payment confirmation||Instantaneously following submission of your online application||
|2. Enrolment confirmation||Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received||
|3. Programme information||Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts||
|If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756
Certificate of Attendance
Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% (7) of the taught classroom sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.
Questions regarding the content and teaching of this course should be sent to the lecture series organiser, Professor Sarah Niblock of the UKCP, at firstname.lastname@example.org