Inter-cultural psychodynamic psychotherapy

Course overview

This qualifying course in psychodynamic psychotherapy is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) . It is delivered within the NHS and will equip you to work in statutory and non-statutory settings and as an independent practitioner. The course has a unique focus on the study of intercultural issues, helping trainees to develop the skills necessary for working in a modern multi-cultural context.

Over the two years, as well as twice weekly personal analysis, you will undertake the following:

Year one

Theoretical seminars

Theoretical seminars aim to deepen and enrich your understanding of psychoanalytic theory, with an emphasis on developing a theoretical framework to understand how issues of culture, race, gender and sexuality manifest in clinical work.

Clinical seminars

Clinical seminars involve presenting training cases and exploring theoretical, technical and practice issues in the context of clinical work.

Infant observation

Trainees observe an infant in a home setting for one year and make detailed recordings of their experience. These are discussed in weekly small group seminars to explore the conscious and unconscious meanings of the events observed.

Year Two

Assessment workshop

The workshop is an opportunity to consider theoretical issues pertinent to the assessment of individuals for psychotherapy, along with issues of clinical technique. Trainees hear presentations of assessment cases from experienced staff and have the opportunity to undertake a supervised assessment of their own if appropriate.

Years one and two

Training cases

Two training cases are seen, once weekly; one for a for a minimum of 12 months. At least one of the training cases will be within the Adult Department of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Two cases may be seen concurrently at the discretion of the first supervisor. 

Clinical supervision

Trainees have fortnightly individual supervision for their  first 12-month training case and fortnightly group supervision for their second 12-month training case. Supervisors are all senior clinicians registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. 

Personal tutorials

Termly individual tutorials offer an opportunity to reflect on the experience of being a trainee and monitor progress on the course.

The course is taught in a systematic and rigorous manner by very experienced clinicians in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy field.  You will benefit from theoretical and clinical teaching, which is integrated, and will preparep you for high standards in independent clinical practice.

The course provides the second part of a unique training for work in the NHS and public sector.

What our students say:

"This course has been a huge learning curve and I definitely feel better equipped for my future career.” 

“Very helpful and supportive supervision, although it can be challenging!” 

“It has been an amazing journey for me. I feel deeply grateful to all the staff at the Tavi, even the teaching staff who I have hated at times for facing one with the truth. I feel I have learned a great deal from this training. [Even] the not so easy experiences in supervision, for instance, have helped me to become a more thoughtful and better prepared trainee and will help me to be a better professional in my future career as a psychotherapist.” 

“I have really enjoyed the materials we’ve covered, and there isn’t anything I would have wanted less of! Particularly the papers that look at psychoanalytic ideas as they relate to social and political life and clinical work – these readings have been a revelation and have allowed me to give a bit more shape to some longstanding questions or uneasiness about both politics and psychoanalysis (and where they overlap). So I am very grateful for that. The professional rigour and challenging nature of the course has made it enormously stimulating.” 

This course is for you if you have had previous training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and have been actively working with patients, under supervison, for at least two years.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst


  • have at least two years of supervised psychotherapy work with a patient

Personal suitability for the work is also an important factor that will be assessed at interview.  If you are an external applicant and have not completed the Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course at the Tavistock Centre, you will attend two personal interviews before receiving the outcome of your application.

The annual fee for this course is £4560 for Home/EU students and £9120 for International students. 

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Please note that course fees will increase by 2% each year.

The previous code for this course was D59I.

Professional Qualification & Clinical Training
Course length:
2 years
Wednesday afternoons
London, Leeds
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Course lead:
Mike Swinburne

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