Philosophy and objectives
We aim to enable trainees to become competent and responsible psychoanalytic psychotherapists, through acquiring thorough theoretical knowledge, sound clinical skills, and an ethical and professional approach to practice.
The course reflects the pluralist psychoanalytic base of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy. Accordingly, the course covers the theories, clinical concepts, and techniques of Freud, Jung, Klein, the Independent / Relational traditions in their classical and contemporary forms.
The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy aims to have an up to date approach to training. We aim for flexible, broad access for applicants, and rigour in assessing readiness to work with patients and to qualify as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
To download an Information Sheet follow the link here: PA Training Information flyer 2018-19
Please complete and submit the Application Form as advised in the accompanying Notes, together with the Equality Monitoring Form.
- Application form 2018-19
- Application Guide
- Notes for Part 3: The Clinical Portfolio
- Equality Monitoring Form (Word/PDF)
We would prefer a typed version, but if you can’t use a Word document, you can complete by hand.
SIP’s Psychoanalytic Clinical Training is approved by The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).
Structure of the training
Successful completion of the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training leads to membership of the SIP and inclusion on the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) register of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists.
The training is divided into a Pre-Clinical and a Psychoanalytic Clinical Training.
The pre-clinical courses
The Pre-Clinical phase comprises three courses:
- Infant Observation (2 Years)
- Work Discussion (1 Year)
- Classical Freudian Theory (1 Year)
During 2018-2019, clinical seminars will be held on a Monday evening and theory seminars on a Thursday evening. From September 2019 onwards all seminars will be held on a Thursday evening.
These courses are also open to those who do not wish to apply to the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training. Further details can be found under Pre-Clinical Courses.
Please note that you must be in therapy for at least 18 months before starting the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training. Therefore, you are likely to want to start your therapy whilst undertaking the Pre-Clinical Courses. Therapy must be with an SIP Approved Training Therapist.
The psychoanalytic clinical training
In this phase of training:
- You attend theory and clinical seminars over a period of three years. Seminars are held in central Bristol on Thursday evenings. Each year, there are three terms of 10 weeks.
- You treat two patients.
- You have three times a week personal therapy with an SIP Approved Training Therapist.
After the seminars are finished, you submit a theory paper.
Each training patient is to be in therapy at least three times a week, one for a minimum of two years, and one for a minimum of eighteen months. For each patient, you have weekly supervision with an approved Training Supervisor. You write reports on each patient every six months, and discuss your reports with your supervisors.
On completion of the required supervised work with patients, you apply to write and present a clinical paper concerning one of your training cases. Once you have permission to write your paper, all supervision and your own therapy continue until the paper is accepted. If the paper is acceptable, you graduate and can become a qualified member of SIP and BPC.
Entry requirements / moving from the pre-clinical courses to the psychoanalytic clinical training
When you have completed the Pre-Clinical Courses (or their equivalent), you can then apply to the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training, for which the minimal requirements are:
- Successful completion of all three Pre-Clinical Courses, taken over a minimum of two years, and including written papers for the Infant Observation and Work Discussion courses.
You can also apply to the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training if you have completed equivalent courses in another BPC organisation. Please contact the SIP administrator to enquire.
- Three times a week personal psychotherapy with an SIP Approved Training Therapist for at least 18 months before starting the Clinical part of the training, with therapy continuing throughout that training.
- Experience of working in a psychiatric setting. If you have not worked in a psychiatric setting, SIP will advise you on finding a suitable placement.
- Relevant professional experience.
- A professional or academic qualification, or equivalent.
Modified Entry for PA training for qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapists
SIP offers a Modified Entry (ME) which aims to acknowledge the previous training and experience of qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapists who wish to train as Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists. To find out more about the ME pathway contact the Training Coordinator or the PA Lead.
The Training Committee has overall responsibility for the on-going assessment of all trainees until graduation. You are assessed on a continuous basis on both your clinical and written work. You will need to meet the specific requirements of the Pre-Clinical Courses and the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training, and show suitability to become a professional psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
Although the taught syllabus of the Psychoanalytic Clinical Training covers three years, training is only completed when you have achieved all the training requirements and are deemed by the Training Committee to be ready to practice as an independent, competent and ethical psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Most people take more than the three years to complete the clinical work, write their final clinical paper, and achieve the required theoretical and professional skills to qualify.
The Training Committee, in the light of reviews and assessments, may require a trainee to defer progress, repeat any component of the training, or leave the course.
You will be allocated a personal tutor to help with queries or difficulties regarding the training. The personal tutor will also liaise with seminar leaders, supervisors and the Training Committee to provide a co-ordinated assessment of your progress.
You meet your personal and year tutor each term.
Our clinical courses start in September.
Clinical seminars are held on a Monday evening for this year only. Theory seminars are held on a Thursday evening. From September 2019 all seminars will be held on a Thursday evening.
You will individually negotiate times to see your patients, attend supervision, and see your own therapist.
Seminars are run at 11 Orchard Street, Bristol.
Fees and costs
Fees for the curricular year of 2018-2019 will be £3,500 per course, including a £200 deposit. There is also a £160 application fee, which must be sent along with your completed application form.
As well as the fee for the course, you pay for your individual therapy and supervision. You are responsible for direct negotiation of these costs. If you need an up-to-date idea of current charges, please contact us. However, we can only give you a very rough idea, as each psychotherapist sets their own charges for therapy and supervision.
Application Forms are available above. Suitable applicants are called for an interview.
SIP follows an equal opportunities policy in its selection procedures at all stages.
The closing date for applications is February 28th. Application Forms are available from the top of this webpage.
- SIP reserves the right not to run a course.
- SIP reserves the right not to accept an applicant.
- SIP reserves the right to alter its existing constitution, criteria for membership, training procedures, timetables and assessments.
- If you have particular access needs please let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss how best to meet these.