Our training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and qualifies candidates to work with adult patients up to three times a week.
The aim of our clinical training is to provide you with thorough theoretical knowledge, sound clinical skills as well as an ethical and professional approach to practice. It provides a solid foundation for a career working as a psychotherapist. We have an up to date approach to training and, rigour in assessing readiness to work with patients and to qualify as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist Once qualified you will be eligible for membership of SIP and registration with the BPC.
Duration of training
The training lasts a minimum of four years; three years as a curricular trainee (when you attend theoretical seminars) and at least one year as post-curricular trainee. The number of years you will have as a post-curricular trainee will depend, in part, on how long it takes you to complete all elements of the training including accruing sufficient hours of supervised clinical work.
The training committee monitors the progress of trainees through a process of regular reports and reviews in addition to the assessment of your written work.
Training starts in September (Click here for term dates).
- Personal therapy – 3 (therapy) hours
- Supervision – 1 (therapy) hour for each training patient (and time for additional patients)
- Clinical work – 3 (therapy) hours for each training patient (and time for additional patients)
- Theory and clinical seminars – 3 - 4.5 hours (term-time only) on a Thursday afternoon & evening
This weekly estimate is provided as a rough guide and depends in part on how many training patients you are seeing concurrently. Naturally you would also need to factor in time for reading, writing clinical notes papers, and travel for example.
Training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy enables you to become a member of SIP and registered with the BPC. You can work in private practice or in an agency setting offering up to thrice weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy, either short or long term. As a member of SIP you can get involved by becoming a SIP committee member and work towards becoming an approved training therapist.
All of our courses and trainings are 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.
Application and fee information
Psychoanalytic Entry requirements
- Pre-clinical training – you should have completed pre-clinical training in Classical Freudian Theory, Work Discussion and two years of Infant Observation either at SIP or another BPC training institute. Equivalent learning will be considered. You should have completed a written paper for both Work Discussion and Infant Observation.
- Personal therapy – you should have been in thrice weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a SIP approved training therapist for at least 18 months prior to the start of the training.
- Experience of working in a psychiatric setting. If you have not worked in a psychiatric setting you will need to find a suitable placement ideally during the pre-clinical stage of your training. We have a Placement Co-ordinator for trainees currently enrolled with us.
- Relevant professional experience and a professional or academic qualification, or equivalent.
Modified entry scheme
Qualified Child Psychotherapists who wish to train to work with adults; experienced psychoanalysts who wish to register with the BPC; and BPC registered psychodynamic psychotherapists who wish to train as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist should contact the Training Co-ordinator. It is possible to join our clinical training at curricular or post-curricular stage depending on your prior learning and experience. You would need to meet the entry requirements above or evidence equivalence and have a minimum of 2 years clinical experience since qualification. Please contact us to discuss prior to application.
- Training Application Fee: 2020-21: £165; 2021-22: £170
- Curricular: 2020-21: £3,570 per annum; 2021-22: £3,670 per annum
- Post-Curricular: 2020-21: £410 per term; 2021-22: £422 per term
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 January each year. We encourage you to make contact prior to application by, for example, attending our Open Day normally in March each year.
Application closing date: 31st March to start the following September
Please contact us if you are considering applying after the closing date.
Application forms and guidance:
|Psychoanalytic Training Application Form|
- (82KB DOCX)
|Psychoanalytic Training Notes for Part 3: The Clinical Portfolio|
- (135KB PDF)
|Checklist for Clinical Portfolio||Download>>|
|Psychoanalytic Training Application Guide|
- (172KB PDF)
|Equality Monitoring Form||Complete >>|
- 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.