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The Psychodynamic Perspective


Admission requirements

Master’s students in Psychology


Psychoanalysis and related disciplines exist for more than 100 years. Although the impact of psychoanalysis on Western culture can hardly be overestimated, the relationship with academic disciplines like psychology, psychiatry and philosophy has always been controversial.

In the past 25 years psychoanalysis has gone through a process of structural and conceptual changes, which have created new opportunities for fruitful interchange and linking with other academic disciplines like cognitive psychology, neuroscience and attachment theory.

Course objectives

In this course students will be informed about the development of psychoanalytic concepts in the past decades and about the new therapeutic challenges and opportunities created by these developments.


The Psychodynamic Perspective (2010-2011):

Mode of instruction

7 lectures by Dr. W. Heuves and guests

  • History of psychoanalytic thinking

  • Post-Freud development

  • Object-relation theory

  • TFP

  • Attachment and psychoanalysis

  • Neuroscience and psychoanalysis

  • MBT and psychoanalysis

Assessment method

  • Examination, Participation (75%)

  • essay questions

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Information on

Reading list

  • Mitchell, S.A. & Black, M.J. (1995). Freud and beyond. A history of modern psychoanalytic thought. New York: Basic Books.

  • Green V. (ed.) (2003). Emotional development in Psychoanalysis, attachment theory and neuroscience. Creating connections. London: Brunner-Routledge


Introduction and enrolment for courses of the first semester will take place on 2 September 2010. Introduction and enrolment for courses of the second semester will take place on 27 January 2011. More information will be available at the website of the Institute of Psychology.

NB: Exam registration will take place via uSis, and will be open between a month and a week before the (re)exam. Students who haven’t registered, cannot participate in the exam.

Contact information

Dr. W. Heuves
Room 2B42
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 3741