Forensic psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59F)
This course will allow you to practice as a forensic psychodynamic psychotherapist accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). Delivered within the internationally renowned NHS Portman Clinic, it will equip you to work as an independent practitioner with patients who present with difficulties relating to compulsive sexual behaviours and/or violence.
Over the two years of this course you will learn through theoretical seminars, clinical seminars and supervision. You will also be required to undertake supervised psychotherapy treatment, including at the Portman Clinic.
Working psychotherapeutically with forensic patients demands close attention to the organisational context around the patient. In clinical applications seminars you will present material from your workplace. Through this process you will be exposed to the work of colleagues and will be able to develop your understanding of clinical, interpersonal and organisational issues. Concepts developed in theoretical seminars will be identified and elaborated upon within the context of your own and others’ work.
Clinical supervision will provide support for your clinical work and an opportunity to reflect on both the experience of the patient and you as the therapist. It is a BPC requirement that you be in twice-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a BPC registered practitioner.
Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the emerging manifestations of the transference and counter-transference during the course of the treatment. Termly individual tutorials will offer are a chance to discuss and monitor your progress on the course and to think about future opportunities.
This course offers a recognised qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, providing you with a unique approach to working within forensic mental health and criminal justice institutions. You will be taught in a systematic and rigorous manner by clinicians who are highly experienced in the field of forensic psychodynamic psychotherapy. You will benefit from integrated theoretical and clinical teaching which will prepare you to an excellent standard for independent clinical practice.
The course provides the second part of a unique BPC-accredited training for work in the NHS and the criminal justice system.
This course is for you if you are a professional working in mental health and/or the criminal justice system and are interested in developing your understanding of the application of psychodynamic concepts to a forensic context. You may be a medical practitioner, clinical or forensic psychologist, probation officer, social worker or nurse.
You will need to have completed a clinical foundation course in psychodynamic psychotherapy equivalent to D58. You may also be a psychotherapist seeking to develop specific expertise in forensic psychotherapy.
In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:
- have had at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist
- have an initial psychodynamic clinical training in psychotherapy, comparable to our Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- have two years supervised psychotherapy work with a patient
Please note that due to the nature of this course, personal suitability for the work is an important factor.
All students are required to attend twice weekly personal psychotherapy
with a BPC-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist for the duration of the
£4,560 per annum
£9,120 per annum
Please note that these course fees will increase by an uplift of 2% or CPI each year, whichever is greater.
Please contact us if you have any questions.
The previous code for this course was D59F.