Education and training

Our courses have a contemporary relevance and enable students to make important and insightful contributions in multiple settings in the new landscape of health and social care. 

Training at the Tavistock and Portman is accessible, flexible and highly personalised. We can take our students needs into account and work with them to plan a programme of study that is supportive and help them reach their goals. All of our courses are internally coherent and may be taken in their own right while some also serve as stepping stones to other courses. 

Students can take courses on-site, in e-learning or ‘blended’ (a combination of face-to-face and e-learning) formats according to their particular requirements and availability. 

Students come to us from a variety of settings. Many are already working in their ideal roles, but want to bring enhanced abilities to their job whilst some wish to change career completely. Many of our courses are designed to encourage skill development and build competencies and capabilities that can be applied to the workplace. 

Students enrolled on Tavistock courses learn how to work with complexity, tolerate uncertainty, employ reflective practice, use evidence judiciously and learn from their own experience. 

Our approach

Our training is derived from two main schools of thought - psychoanalytic and systemic - and our courses are influenced by one or both of these. 

Our courses labelled psychoanalytic draw on psychoanalytic theory and ideas around the importance of early childhood experiences in influencing development and understanding unconscious processes and how they are manifest in relationships. 

The courses labelled systemic draw on systemic or family therapy theory. This approach views the family as a system and considers the diversity of families within wider social contexts, their interactional patterns of communication and social relationships as important to psychological health. 

The courses we call multi-modal draw on both these schools of thought and seek insights from each to inform practice.

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education 

We have undergone a review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and have received its final report, which is available in full at:

We have received the following judgements from QAA: 

  • The maintenance of the academic standards of awards meets UK expectations. 
  • The quality of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The quality of the information about learning opportunities meets UK expectations.
  • The enhancement of student learning opportunities meets UK expectations.

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