Diploma in Psychoanalytic Clinical Supervision

Program Rationale, Philosophy, And Description

The Diploma in Psychoanalytic Clinical Supervision is a one-year professional diploma specializing in psychoanalytic clinical supervision. Ongoing clinical supervision is required for all practitioner members of ICP and its member organisations including APPI, IFPP, IFCAPP, and IGAS, in support of their clinical practice. Supervision is a creative and reflective process between a senior psychoanalytic practitioner and a qualified colleague or trainee. Clinical supervision facilitates the growth, professional development, and therapeutic skills of the supervisee by evaluating the analytic process occurring between the supervisee and their client, and a supervisory relationship promotes development, competencies, awareness of limitations, and a focus on ethical considerations. This includes attention in a supportive environment to a client’s therapeutic process, the role of internal and external factors arising in the context of the work, the promotion of an analytic attitude, and the role of the unconscious in both relationships, the client and the supervisor, throughout the psychoanalytic psychotherapist’s professional life. The program runs on 8 block weekends throughout the year, comprising Friday evenings and Saturday daytimes. The program schedule is below.

A core aim of the teaching, learning and assessment strategy of the program is that it be learner-centered, taking place in a supportive and constructive environment which encourages and facilitates candidates to realise their full potential. A core principle of the program is its aim to produce graduates with highly developed clinical skills and a deep appreciation of the contextual factors that shape the parameters of their professional practice. A further intention is that graduates would be critical, reflective practitioners with a strong capacity for independent self-directed work and continuing research.

As part of the application process, applicants undergo interviews with 2 members of the Program Team.

Queries and Further Information Contact: coursedirector@freudlacaninstitute.com

Target Group of Candidates

The program is offered to psychoanalytic practitioners with a minimum of five years of professional accreditation with their psychoanalytic professional body. Those who are not registered practitioners will be able to avail of the registered practitioner seminar on the FLi Program of Continuing Studies (PCS) which runs simultaneously and has a component which supports preparation for the RegPract process. On completion of the program, candidates will be in a position to seek supervisor recognition within their member organisations.

Program Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Diploma program, participants will demonstrate:

  • Specialist theoretical knowledge and professional competency in clinical supervision in the psychoanalytic model and its application in clinical and professional settings.
  • Critically reflect on the role of the unconscious in the supervisory relationship.
  • Demonstrate a detailed professional knowledge from a professional’s perspective of the socio-legal and psychological contexts, concepts, and processes that underpin clinical supervision.
  • An ability to recognise the boundaries and ethical aspects of clinical supervision and the importance of appropriate response strategies to individual professional needs.
  • Evaluate and handle multifaceted issues in which judgments are made whilst reflecting upon the wider professional issues and the responsibilities of their role as a professional within clinical supervision.
  • Debate current research and practice regarding clinical supervision, discerning its value and contribution to professional practice.
  • Critically reflect and evaluate individual professional practice and knowledge base in order to recognise the need for continuous professional development and lifelong learning.

Program Timetable

** Supervisors-in-Training (SIT) taking the RegPract can take that module in June on the PCS program.

*** Dec 20, 2024: Submission of Clinical Portfolio


Patricia Gherovici is a psychoanalyst and analytic supervisor. She is co-founder and director of the Philadelphia Lacan Group and Associate Faculty, Psychoanalytic Studies Minor, University of Pennsylvania (PSYS), an Honorary member at IPTAR, New York, a Founding Member of Das Unbehagen and co-founder and trustee of the board of Pulsion: The International Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychosomatics, New York. Her books include The Puerto Rican Syndrome (Other Press: 2003; Gradiva Award and the Boyer Prize), Please Select Your Gender: From the Invention of Hysteria to the Democratizing of Transgenderism (Routledge: 2010) and Transgender Psychoanalysis: A Lacanian Perspective on Sexual Difference (Routledge: 2017). She has published three edited volumes (with Manya Steinkoler): Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Sexualities: From Feminism to Trans (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Lacan On Madness: Madness, Yes You Can’t ( Routledge: 2015) and Lacan, Psychoanalysis and Comedy (Cambridge University Press: 2016), and a collection (with Chris Christian), Psychoanalysis in the Barrios: Race, Class, and the Unconscious (Routledge: 2019). Her recent book (with Manya Steinkoler) Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Sexualities: From Feminism to Trans (Routledge: 2023) has been nominated as a finalist for the Gradiva Award.

Maryrose Kiernan (RegPract. APPI, IGAS, GASi,  NPSA, Assoc. IGA) is a  psychoanalytic psychotherapist, a clinical  group analyst and a clinical  group  supervisor.  She has lectured in TCD, and DIT and run groups for several organisations including HSE, DBS and the Clanwilliam Institute. She has been on the executive of APPI and  Psychoanalytic Section of ICP and has organised international group seminars with European colleagues. She has many years’ experience of working with individuals and groups  privately and within the Irish Health Service (HSE), in particular with survivors of institutional and childhood abuse. She now works privately as a clinical group supervisor and psychoanalyst in the private sector.

Berjanet Jazani is a medical doctor, practicing psychoanalyst and author in London. She is the president of the College of Psychoanalysts UK (CP-UK), chief editor of Analytic Agora (the journal of The Academy of Psychoanalysis), analyst member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research (CFAR), and the author of “Lacanian Psychoanalysis from Clinic to Culture,”  “Lacan, Mortality, Life and Language: Clinical and Cultural Explorations.” Her upcoming books include: ‘How Does Analysis Work?’, )2024) & “The Perfume of Soul from Freud to Lacan: A Critical Reading of Smelling, Breathing and Subjectivity” (2024).

Geraldine McLoughlin a professional psychoanalytic psychotherapist with a core background in clinical and counselling psychology with considerable experience in working with adults and adolescents with a history of childhood abuse and neglect. She has provided significant training to health care practitioners and legal personnel on the effects of child abuse and trauma, and is engaged in research on trans-generational trauma linked to her LLM in International Human Rights Law where she researched transitional justice mechanisms following disclosures of human rights abuses with a particular focus on children who were abused within residential settings. My research also includes working on the application of restorative justice mechanisms and the development of an understanding of “perpetrator paradigms.”

Ann Murphy is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and visual artist. She is Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, where she was a founder and Director of the MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She lectures on psychoanalysis, particularly on the work of Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion, on postgraduate courses at Trinity College Dublin and St Vincent’s University Hospital Dublin and is a training analyst and clinical supervisor. She has a private practice in Dublin. She published a piece on her solo exhibition, Transitional/Transitive (Dublin Castle, Ireland, 2012) in The Winnicott Tradition, eds. Margaret Boyle Spelman and Frances Thomson-Salo (Karnac, 2015).

Pauline O’Callaghan is a Freudian-Lacanian psychoanalytic psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with a private practice for the past twenty-five years in Dublin. For many years she taught psychoanalysis in various colleges in Dublin. She is one of the directors of FLi and was chair of the Editorial Board of Lacunae until recently.

Carol Owens works in private practice in Dublin. Her book Lacanian Psychoanalysis with Babies, Children, and Adolescents (co-edited with Stephanie Farrelly Quinn) was published in 2017 (Karnac/Routledge) and nominated for the Gradiva award. She has given seminars and talks on her work with at national and international psychoanalytic events. Her most recent book is Psychoanalysing Ambivalence with Freud and Lacan: On and Off the Couch (with Stephanie Swales) published in 2020 (Routledge). She is the series editor for Studying Lacan’s Seminars at Routledge.

Annie G. Rogers is Professor Emerita of Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology at Hampshire College and has a private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She is a supervising and teaching Analyst at the Lacanian School of Psychoanalysis in San Francisco and Vice-President of its Board. She is a printmaker and member of Zea Mays Printmaking in Florence, Massachusetts. Formerly a Fulbright Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Radcliffe and Murray Fellow at Harvard University; Whiting Fellow at Hampshire College; and Erikson Scholar at Austen Riggs, Dr. Rogers is the author of A Shining Affliction: A Story of Harm and Healing in Psychotherapy (1995)The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma (2005); and Incandescent Alphabets: Psychosis and the Enigma of Language (2016).

Eve Watson is a psychoanalytic practitioner and lectures on psychoanalysis in undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Dublin. She has published over 30 articles and book chapters on psychoanalysis, sexuality, culture, literature, and film. Her books include Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (Punctum: 2017, co-edited with Dr. Noreen Giffney) and forthcoming  books include Critical Essays on the Drive: Lacanian Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2024, co-edited with Dan Collins), Freud’s Clinical Case and Clinical Practice Today (Routledge 2024, co-edited with Helena Texier). She is the editor of Lacunae, the International Journal for Lacanian Psychoanalysis. In 2022, she was the Erik Erikson Scholar-in-Residence at the Austen Riggs Centre in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  She is the course director of (FLi,) the Freud Lacan Institute (www.freudlacaninstitute.com).

Program Fees

  • Full Course Fee: €2,800.

Fees are paid in full before the course commences in Jan 2024 or in two halves of €1,400 in Jan 2024 and July 2024.

** Course fee also includes attendance at the RegPract Module on the Program for  Continuing Studies for those seeking the award of RegPract (PCS10, Preparing for the Role of Registered Practitioner).

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