Short Course on Psychoanalytic Research Methods

A unique Proficio course on research skills and psychoanalytic methodologies.

  • Mon 27 - Wed 29 Nov 17


  • Colchester Campus

    27th November CB11, Constable Building, 28th November 5S.4.11, 29th November 6.101

  • Event speaker

    Dr Jochem Willemsen

  • Event type

    Workshops, training and support

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Anne Snowling

Thinking of using psychoanalysis in your research project?

This course is our Department's flagship course on advanced research methods at PhD level.

Over three days, you will explore a range of methods to study the unconscious in patients, politics, history and society. The first day is devoted to psychoanalytic research in clinical contexts. The second day is all about the interdisciplinary use of case study method. The third day concentrates on psychoanalytic research in historical and sociological contexts.

Together, these three days give an overview of the research fields to which psychoanalysis can contribute. But it is possible to book for separate days. Speakers come from within the department or from other departments/universities, and they all share a passion for applying psychoanalysis to their field. 

Starting on 27 November , the first day, Psychoanalytic research in clinical contexts explores contemporary research approaches in the field of clinical psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and includes talks by:

  • Felicitas Rost - Research psychologist for the Tavistock and NHS Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Frank Röhricht - Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director for Research, Innovation and Service Development at the East London Foundation National Health Service Trust and Honorary Professor in the department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

The second day, Thinking in cases: Interdisciplinary use of the case study method explores a number of contemporary approaches to psychoanalytic research on single cases and includes talks by:

  • Dr Mike Forrester  - Reader in Psychology at the University of Kent
  • Dr Julie Walsh - Lecturer in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, and a psychoanalyst in private practice
  • Dr Reitske Meganck - Lecturer at Ghent University, Belgium
  •  Dr Jochem Willemsen  - Lecturer and Research Director at the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

Finally, the third day, Psychoanalytic research in historical and social contexts explores how psychoanalytic ideas and methodologies are used to conduct research on historical, social and political topics and includes talks by:

  • Dr Mariya Stoilova  - Post-doctoral research officer at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 
  • Dr Matt ffytche -  Senior lecturer and Head of the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
  • Dr Kevin Lu - Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the MA in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies
  • Dr Jason Glynos  - teaches political theory at the Department of Government, University of Essex.

Book your place

Login to the course on Proficio to book your place. If you have any questions, contact proficio@essex.ac.uk.