Summer Reading Seminar: Anna Freud-A Biography

8 Saturdays: June 3rd- July 29th, 2023- 9:00- 10:30am EST

CE’s: 12

Cost: $100

For Sigmund Freud’s 80th birthday his daughter Anna Freud presented him with the gift of her seminal psychoanalytic classic, The Ego and the Mechanism of Defense. This book was not only a tribute and extension to her father’s work it was a work of originality and clinical genius—a work of her own. This and other works spanned and advanced psychoanalytic ego-psychology and object relations theory in their early stages. Though better known for the former, Anna Freud was also a friend and ally of Donald Winnicott and like him, insisted that the best ways to understanding the human psyche is by listening to children, including the child within. As a lay-analyst and school teacher she also paved the way for inclusion of diverse professions, disciplines and applications in psychoanalysis.

Peter Fonagy, Professor of Psychoanalysis at University College London had this to say about Elisabeth Young-Bruehl’s biography of Anna Freud, “ [Her] description of one of the most complex but brilliant lights in psychoanalytic history has stood as a beacon to students of psychoanalytic history.  It is the best most carefully crafted biography of any psychoanalyst and it illuminates the entire tradition with a clarity that only the exploration of the life of the daughter of the founder of the movement could possibly provide.”

Elisabeth Young-Bruehl was a faculty member at the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research and practiced psychoanalysis in Manhattan. She is also known for her writings on Hanna Arendt including her biography, Hannah Arendt: For Love of the World.  Visit PSP’s workshop page for more information:


The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis

The Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis is a non-profit organization dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching and application of psychoanalytic knowledge. PSP provides training in psychoanalysis theory, technique and clinical practice to qualified candidates in the mental health profession.

Develop Clinical Skills

Participants in the program are post-graduate mental health professionals who wish to develop and hone their clinical skills through classroom learning, mentoring and clinical case discussion. Participants will gain the support and confidence necessary to develop or expand their private practices or work more effectively with patients in community mental health agencies, schools, universities, and health care settings.

Our curriculum is designed for mental health professionals who are interested in deepening their understanding of their clients and who want to learn how to translate that understanding into their practice.

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The center is committed to excellence in training of psychoanalysts as well as psychotherapist, graduate students, interns and allied professionals who wish to deepen their theoretical understanding and clinical skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

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  • Clinical and Non-Clinical Certificate Programs in Psychoanalysis
  • Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, and others in the mental health field;
  • Personal and Professional Enrichment for those who wish to expand their knowledge of psychoanalysis;
  • Convenience: courses are offered on Saturdays and some weeknights.