Training payment terms & conditions

Application Fees & deposits

Application fees and deposits for training are payable at the time of application and are non-refundable, and should be made to the bank account detailed below. If the course an applicant has applied for is already full, the application fee or deposit will be refunded. For the Infant Observation Course only, if a student is not accepted on to the course following interview, the deposit will be refunded, less an interview fee of £60.

Payment of course fees

Course fees must either be paid, or a payment arrangement agreed, prior to the start of the course applied for.

Please note that we are a small organisation offering specialised training and operating on tight margins, and by accepting your place you have entered into a contractual agreement to pay the full amount of fees for the academic year, which will remain due even if you decide not to complete it.

Payment by instalments

It is possible to pay by 5 monthly payments for Introductory courses and 10 monthly payments for all Fundamentals courses & Curricular training. Requests to pay in instalments must be made via email to SIP’s Finance Manager, (, with the monthly payments set up as a Standing Order. Failure to make regular payments, as per the agreed schedule will result in the whole balance becoming due. Post-Curricular training invoices, issued termly, must be paid in full.

Method of payment

We accept payment for deposits and course fees by direct bank transfer or standing order only.

Bank details:

  • CAF Bank Ltd.
  • Account name: Severnside Initiative for Psychotherapy
  • Account Number: 00001001
  • Sort Code: 40-52-40
  • Payment reference: [Surname-Invoice number OR date application submitted]
    • for example, ‘Jones-INV0003’ or ‘Jones-31032024’

Annual training fee increases

If you are enrolled on a training course that lasts for more than one year the fee will be subject to an annual increase of 2% or CPI, whichever is the greater.

Refunds of training fees

If an applicant withdraws from a course after having paid, fees will not normally be refunded however, if the applicant withdraws prior to the start of the course, the course applied for is full, and there is another applicant to replace them, the course fees may be refunded.


If, subject to agreement with the relevant Course Lead, a trainee defers their place on a course to the following academic year, unused fees paid will not be refunded but held for the following year. Where further deferrals are requested, an administrative fee may be payable.

DBS Check Fees

Trainees on the Infant Observation course are required to pay for a DBS check. Trainees who defer may be required to pay for another DBS check if required. Fees for DBS checks are non-refundable.

Financial support

Iris Tute Bursaries

This is a small fund open to anyone applying to join SIP’s Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Thought & Practice courses who would otherwise be prevented from pursuing their interest in psychotherapy. Subject to funds, SIP offers a limited number of £200 bursaries to help students with course fees.

The fund is named The Iris Tute Bursary in remembrance of the work and generosity of Iris Tute, a former member of SIP who wanted psychotherapy and training in psychotherapy to be as accessible as possible.

>> SIP’s Iris Tute bursary application form can be completed online here.

SIP’s Welsh Bursary Fund

The Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy (SIP) has received a generous donation aimed at supporting the promotion of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic thinking and practice in Wales.

The objective of The Welsh Bursary initiative is to promote the application of psychoanalytic ideas and techniques for a range of educational, health and welfare services in Wales. It also offers to provide financial support to trainees who would otherwise be unable to pursue their interest, study, and training in psychotherapy with SIP.

The Welsh Bursary Fund may assist with, for example, running or attending a workshop, or subsidising travel costs, supervision or academic resources for SIP students or trainees, up to a maximum sum of £3,000.

>> SIP’s Welsh Bursary Fund application form can be completed online here.