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.

Please complete and submit the Application Form as advised in the accompanying Notes, together with the Equality Monitoring Form.

  • Equality Monitoring Form (Word / PDF)

We would prefer a typed version, but if you can’t use a Word document, you can download a pdf version of the Application Form to complete by hand.

Approval body

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:

Courses are held in Bristol, on a Monday in the late afternoon or 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 Monday 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.

Assessment

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.

Tutors

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.

Dates

Our clinical courses start in September.

Attendance is on Monday afternoons / evenings during term time (dates for 2016-2017). Although this timing is likely to continue, we cannot guarantee it.

You will individually negotiate times to see your patients, attend supervision, and see your own therapist.

Venue

Seminars are run at 11 Orchard Street, Bristol.

Fees and costs

Fees are currently under revision but for 2016-17 are £2795 for the curricular year. Fees may be subject to increase each year.

Please visit our Pre-Clinical Courses page for fees for this part of the training.

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 procedure

General information

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 January 31st. Interviews will take place up until the beginning of March. Application Forms are available from the top of this webpage.


Important notes

  • 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.