Remote Learning: An Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

This one day workshop delivered online by Dr. Kevin Fehin aims to provide an introduction to the ideas and concepts involved in psychodynamic psychotherapy, including transference and countertransference. It will explore attitudes, values and beliefs about human nature from a psychodynamic perspective and provide an understanding of psychopathology and presenting symptoms from this viewpoint.

Some of the applications of psychodynamic thinking both within and outside the clinical setting are introduced. There will also be opportunities for thinking about the place of psychodynamic ideas in working with mental health.

This workshop will be delivered live on Zoom: The course will allow you to interact with your trainer and other participants in a virtual classroom where, in addition to the workshop content, there will be time built in for live discussions, question & answer sessions and skills practice. You can access the course wherever you have an internet connection; on a desktop, tablet or even a smartphone.

Suitable for: Qualified mental health professionals and those nearing the end of their training or those with an interest in psychotherapy. 

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can earn Learning credits/CPD points for participating in this workshop.


“Kevin was a great facilitator and answered questions particularly well. I liked the interactive style of the training and learned a lot from other people’s questions/reflections. I found the training really thought provoking. I always think that’s a good sign of a training day! I also really liked that we were given the option to access further reading on topics discussed.”

Maeve Scully, Assistant Psychologist, Arbour Hill Prison

November 2021


“This was a really interesting course which provided a succinct account of psychodynamic psychotherapy – not easy to do within a short course.   I liked hearing about counselling examples which connected theory to practice.”

Sheila Keane, Educational Psychologist, National Educational Psychological Service

November 2021


Programme Duration

One day online

Programme Aims

The workshop aims to introduce psychodynamic theories and practice by exploring attitudes, values and beliefs about human nature from a psychodynamic perspective, and aims to provide an understanding of psychopathology and presenting symptoms from this viewpoint.

Programme Content

Beginnings and the nature of psychodynamic counselling

Theory from Freud and Klein, linked to concepts in psychodynamic counselling 

Attachment Theory, stages of development

Winnicott object relations 'facilitating  environment'

Bion the concept of 'Containment'

The setting in counselling


Active listening

The therapeutic relationship

Unconscious communication/processes: Dreams

Working with 'defences' using the concept of Malan and the triangle of insight.

Participants will receive an emailed copy of the presentation, other supporting documents and links to relevant literature by email which will enable them to develop their understanding of psychodynamics appropriate to this level.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the workshop, participants should have:

  • an awareness of the nature and key concepts of psychodynamic counselling
  • an awareness of the process and significance of self-reflection and self-awareness in psychodynamic counselling
  • an understanding of working with transference/countertransference 
  • developed the skills and attributes required to think and work from a psychodynamic approach

Connect with Your Trainer

The Learning Curve Institute will distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone and is tailored to the appropriate level while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system where participants are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

All participants will receive an eCertificate of Completion in 'An Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy' from The Learning Curve Institute.