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Psychodynamics CCE

Before coaching there was psychoanalysis.  Freud, and those who came after him, discovered and developed a ground-breaking way of approaching our minds and understanding why we think and behave the way we do.  Over time these theories and concepts have tended to be overlooked in favour of more fashionable ideas.  There is so much knowledge here that is going unused, it’s time to bring Freud back! 

Psychodynamics includes a whole body of research and thought that is essential learning for coaches.  Our unconscious underpins so much of our thinking and behaving that it is a goldmine of knowledge for coaching.  This course will give you the knowledge and understanding of how and why psychodynamics can play a central role in coaching.  It will deepen your awareness around the unconscious, and how understanding this can help you be a more effective coach.

Course breakdown: 

Module OneHow psychodynamic theory can support our coaching.

Including an outline of psychodynamic theory and concepts, including why looking at the unconscious is important for coaches.

Module Two:The main players in the psychoanalytic movement.

An overview of the psychoanalytic movement, the key figures and their theories. 

Module Three: Key psychoanalytic theories and how they apply to coaching.

In particular, Freud and Jung, and how their theories and discoveries led to the creation of many concepts and tools we use today.

Module Four: Common defence mechanisms and how they arise in coaching..

How do we identify a defence mechanism and what do we do once we have seen it?

Module Five: Transference and Countertransference.

What these terms really mean and how they play out in the coaching relationship.

Module Six: Putting this all together

Review of everything we have covered and exploring how and when to use these skills.  When should we use a psychodynamic approach?  When and what should we be taking to supervision?


There will be much discussion and reflection within the course of how and when these concepts and theories can be applied in coaching.   

The course will be delivered by Julia Rogers.  Julia has been studying and researching psychodynamic theory for over 25 years and has a passion for its application in coaching.  Julia believes that a thorough appreciation of unconscious processes enables coaches to communicate at a deeper degree with their clients, moving from a transactional to a transformational level, with real sustainable change. 

18 CCEs will be awarded on completion of the course; 9 in Core Competency and 9 in Resource Development 



 Dates for these sessions are: 

Tues 13th sept - 10-1.30pm
Tues 27th sept - 10-1.30pm
Tues 11th oct - 10-1.30pm
Tues 25th oct - 10-1.30pm
Tues 8th nov - 10-1.30 pm
Tues 22nd nov - 10-1.30pm

Due to the sensitive nature of some issues that might be discussed, and to preserve the group’s safe space the course will be limited to ten participants.