An introduction to psychodynamic psychotherapy


So you are looking for a course on psychodynamic psychotherapy? Then you've come to the right place! (You can find the outline for this course on the Medipsy website or scroll down to see what it covers).

This course was designed specifically for anyone who plans to apply for a psychotherapy permit as per Bill 21, in order to practice psychotherapy in Quebec (we had this course pre-approved by the Order of psychologists of Quebec). If on the other hand you don't plan on practicing in Quebec and just want to learn about psychodynamic psychotherapy, then guess what... you are also in the right place!

This course is open to anyone wanting to learn about psychodynamic psychotherapy. It is available entirely online; as such you can complete it wherever and whenever you want. If you are in Quebec, you surely know that a Bill was passed to regulate the practice of psychotherapy. This Bill, often referred to as Bill 21, states that to practice psychotherapy in Quebec, psychotherapists must meet a number of very specific requirements. One of these requirements is to complete 45 hours of training in a domain related to each of the following four recognized modalities: 1. psychodynamic, 2. cognitive behavioural, 3. systemic, and 4. humanistic.

So you need 45 hours of training, considered the introductory training, for each of the 4 theoretical models. This course is precisely that, for psychodynamic psychotherapy (once you've done the basic training on each model , you will also need to do an additional 90 hours of specialization in one of the four models).

The registration fee includes all applicable taxes. Our GST number is 82873 8880 RT0001. Our PST number is 1218616310.

Refunds are not possible, unfortunately, because of the agreement with our online platform provider.

I hope you have fun going through this course. If you have any questions, please email me at

Dr. Martin Drapeau, Ph.D., psychologist


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Psychodynamic Principles - an Introduction

A brief Introduction to Psychodynamic Principles

Historical Background to Dynamic Psychotherapy

Historical Background to Dynamic Psychotherapy

Magnetism: from Mesmer to Freud

More on Freud's theories

More on drives

Nancy McWilliams... then development

More on stages

More on attachment

And some more on attachment

Transactional analysis and the relationship

More on the alliance

And more on the alliance

More on transference

More on countertransference

More on mentalization

A family tree

A family tree - continued

A family tree - continued 2

A family tree - continued 3

A family tree - continued 4

Key constructs

The Ego, Id and Superego

The Unconscious

The unconscious - according to Dimitrijevic

Unconscious conflict


More on dreams

Free association


Motives - part 2

Defense mechanisms

Defense mechanisms - part 2

Relationship patterns

Relationship patterns - part 2


Transference - continued


Countertransference - continued

Transference as seen by McWilliams

Transference as seen by McWilliams - part 2

Personality structure

Personality structures - continued

More on personality structures

Still more on personality structures

Still not done with personality structure

Kernberg's idea of structure

More on Kernberg

And even more on Kernberg

Identity diffusion

Personality disorders

Kernberg and Yeomans

Kernberg and Yeomans - part 2

Kernberg and Yeomans - part 3

Kernberg and Yeomans - part 4


TFP - part 2

Your first test!

Mid course test


An introduction to the PDM


Nancy McWilliams on the PDM - 1

Nancy McWilliams on the PDM - 2

Nancy McWilliams on the PDM - 3

Nancy McWilliams on the PDM - 4

Using the PDM

Schizoid PD

Schizoid and schizotypal

Other examples

Paranoid PD

Paranoid PD - part 2

Antisocial PD

Narcissistic PD

More examples of Narcissistic PD

Sadistic PD

Self defeating PD


Depressive and somatizing PDs


Another example of somatization

Dependent PD

Avoidant PD


Hysterical PD

Hysterical PD - part 2

Dissociative PD

Dissociative PD - example

Psychodynamic Practice

Psychodynamic Practice: overview

Techniques in psychodynamic therapy

Does it even work? And when?


When to use dynamic therapy

Closing remarks

Final test!

Final test!

What next?

As we part ways