Elective Courses

The IPCP offers elective courses for clinicians and, in some cases, students interested in broadening their knowledge. Courses currently on offer are the Child Development course; Meltzer’s The Kleinian Development course; and the Personality Development course.

Child Development Course

The Child Development course consists of 14 monthly seminars, open to clinicians and students. Designed by Graham Music (consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, Tavistock Clinic, London and author of ‘Nurturing Natures’), the course offers an opportunity to read, learn and discuss recent and original papers and research on early child development and its importance for later development.

Course content: Pre-natal life; attachment theory, neurobiology, culture and diversity; language and empathy;  memory and internal relationships; early defences; play, creativity and flexibility; adolescence and early adulthood; humans as a group species; gender, sexuality & the role of the father; moral development; and maltreatment & resilience

Johannesburg – Irene Chait ichait@tiscali.co.za
Cape Town  – Nicky Windsor ipcpcapetown@gmail.com

The Kleinian Development 

A year-long theory course, based on Meltzer’s classic text, The Kleinian Development, led by Karen Proner online. It is aimed at clinicians who have knowledge of Freud, Klein and Bion and wish to deepen and consolidate their theoretical understanding, as well as clinicians who may have an interest in teaching theory.  Clinical material and examples will be used to illuminate theory.

Mary-Anne Tandy ma@childpsychotherapy.co.za

Personality Development Course

An exciting new seminar course led by Beverley Tydeman, consultant child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapist and psychodynamic couples psychotherapist, will explore the range of developmental phases and states of mind and link these with psychoanalytic theoretical concepts. What factors can foster personality development or limit the unfolding of potential and creativity — from the beginning to the end of our lives.  The 8 seminars cover infant mental health; toddlerhood; primary school, puberty and adolescence; mid-late adolescence and self-destructive behaviour; a mind of one’s own in the quest to approach adulthood and changing family structures; world of work and unconscious factors; and the later years and creative engagement with the cycle of life and death

Beverley Tydeman  bjtydeman@icloud.com