We offer pre-clinical courses in Classical Freudian Theory, Infant Observation and Work Discussion. These three courses are aimed at furthering your understanding of psychoanalytic thinking and practice and can be taken as stand-alone courses or as part of a psychotherapy training. All courses start in September but, Infant Observation also has an intake in January.
Completion of pre-clinical courses (or their equivalent) is required for entry to our clinical trainings or they could meet the entry requirements of other BPC accredited training. In addition, these courses might be of interest, for CPD purposes, to psychotherapists, psychiatrists, social workers, teachers or medical staff or used to complement training in other therapeutic modalities.
All pre-clinical courses start in September, with an additional Infant Observation intake in January. (Click here for term dates)
Seminars: 1.5 hours per course (on a Monday afternoon and/or evening)
Observation of infant: 1 hour
Whilst seminars are scheduled so more than one can be taken in the same year, it is important to be realistic about the time commitment when deciding which courses to take in any one year.
You should factor for time spent reading and, for those seeking to apply for clinical training, weekly training therapy. For Infant Observation you should also factor in time spent travelling to and from the infant as well as time spent writing up your observation notes.
Participants in Infant Observation and Work Discussion are encouraged to complete a paper or, required to, if wishing to go on to our clinical training. Those who complete and pass the paper will be awarded a SIP certificate. Those who elect not to write a paper will receive a CPD certificate of attendance. There is no formal assessment for Classical Freudian Theory and so a CPD certificate of attendance will be issued.
Currently all our training is delivered in central Bristol. However, as a training institute for the South West our membership is drawn from across the region and both training therapy and supervision is available in Bristol and beyond.
Classical Freudian Theory
Applicants with no previous experience of psychoanalytic theory should complete our short course ‘Introduction to psychoanalytic theories and concepts’
Applicants are required to attend an interview and pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check
You should work or be volunteering in a situation that is primarily aimed at helping others. You should have regular one-to-one contact with, for example, clients, students or patients and, the contact should not be diluted by too great an administrative role.
This course might be of interest not only to counsellors and psychotherapists but also, to people working or volunteering in teaching, medical roles, social work, caring settings, support work, advice agencies, or befrienders and buddy roles. Completion of this course (or equivalent) is a requirement for our clinical training and is also an interesting stand-alone course.
- Classical Freudian Theory 2020-21: £1,220 (includes £200 deposit); 2021-22: £1,250 (includes £200 deposit)
- Work discussion 2020-21: £1,220 (includes £200 deposit); 2021-22: £1,250 (includes £200 deposit)
- Infant observation 2020-21: £1,220 (includes £200 deposit) + £60 DBS check fee (if required); 2021-22: £1,250 (includes £200 deposit) + £53 DBS check fee (if required)
In addition to training fees you should budget for such things as training therapy, supervision, books, stationery and travel.
Please note, we set fees each year and a slight annual increase should be expected.
Please ensure you read over our payment terms here.
How to apply
Applications open from 1st April each year to join the following September. We encourage you to make contact prior to application by, for example, attending our Open Day normally in March each year.
Application closing dates:
- 31st May to start the following September
- 31st October to join Infant Observation in January
Please contact the office if you are considering applying after the closing date.
- If you have particular access needs please let us know as soon as possible so that we can discuss how best to meet these.
- Courses will only run in any academic year subject to sufficient applications.
- We follow an equal opportunities policy in our selection procedure.
- We reserve the right to alter our existing constitution, criteria for membership, training procedures, timetables and assessments.
For those interested in joining our clinical training, completion of Classical Freudian Theory and Work Discussion is required for entry to our psychodynamic psychotherapy training; and, completion of all three courses is required for entry to our psychoanalytic psychotherapy training.