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Personality Development Across the Life Cycle - A Psychoanalytic Approach

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Personality Development Across the Life Cycle - A Psychoanalytic Approach

This series of enlightening seminars explores how we grow and develop as people through the different stages of life, and how early experiences continue to resonate and influence our personality.  The psychoanalytic approach to personality development helps us to understand the multiple factors that shape who we are, how we feel and think, and how we relate to others, whether as a baby, adolescent or adult.  This course is essential learning for anyone who wants to know more about the key developmental factors and unconscious processes involved in the emotional life of the child and family from before birth and then through into old age.  It provides an important foundation of understanding for anyone who works in, or aims to work in, any of the human services such as physical and mental health, social care, education and the justice system.  It is for everyone who wants to know what makes people who they are. 

The course is held over a series of ten Saturdays in both Leeds and Manchester and is suitable for all professionals working with children, adolescents and adults.

This course covers:

  • The consideration of internal and external factors at work in the infant's developing sense of self
  • The child's relationship to his/her world and the nature of family interaction
  • Family functioning and the culture which supports the gradual growth of the personality
  • The psychic process of the latency years
  • The nature and function of adolescence and the striving towards independence and adulthood
  • Problems encountered during adolescence and the ongoing influence of earlier phases of life on apparently adult concerns
  • The meaning of ‘growing up’ and the challenges encountered in middle and older age

Participants are invited to think about the interplay of internal and external factors which underlie the development of personality throughout the life-cycle. Although participants can opt into selected seminars, the course is intended to highlight the impact on later development of earlier emotional experience across the age range and therefore the course will be most meaningful if the entire series is attended.

For further information and an application form please see downloads on this page or contact the Course Administrator on 0113 855 8750. The next full series will start in October 2017 in Leeds and November 2017 in Manchetser (flyer to follow shortly).

Currently in Leeds only there are additional skills based workshops that run in parallel with the three seminars on puberty and adolesence. These seminars are called Therapeutic Communication with Adolescents - a Psychoanalytic Approach and more information is available here:


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