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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 (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

7 lectures by Dr. W. Heuves and guest lecturers on:

  • History of psychoanalytic thinking

  • Post-Freud development

  • Object-relation theory

  • TFP

  • Attachment and psychoanalysis

  • Neuroscience and psychoanalysis

  • MBT and psychoanalysis

Assessment method

  • Take home exam.


Information on

Reading list

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

  • Renik, O. (2006). Practical psychoanalysis for therapists and patients. New York: Other Press.

Master’s introduction and enrolment day

Make a reservation in your agenda so you will not miss any information that you will need during your master’s programme MSc in Psychology. Please consult the Agenda master meetings

Contact information

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