Inter-cultural psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59I)
This qualifying course in psychodynamic psychotherapy is validated by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). The course has a particular focus on the study of intercultural issues, helping you to develop the skills necessary for working in a modern multi-cultural context.
Please note: Due to the popularity of this course, applications for September 2020 will close on Monday 27th April 2020, with interviews taking place between May and July. If places are still available following this round of interviews then we may re-open applications, but this is not guaranteed so we strongly encourage early application to avoid disappointment.
This course offers a unique opportunity for you to develop your clinical psychoanalytic skills in the context of inter-cultural psychotherapy. It will provide you with the clinical experience and theoretical framework necessary for working therapeutically in the NHS. You will learn through theoretical seminars, clinical seminars, infant observation, assessment workshops, training cases and clinical supervision.
Theory seminars will 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 involve presenting training cases and exploring theoretical, technical and practice issues in the context of intercultural clinical work.
You will observe an infant in a home setting for one year and make detailed recordings of your experience. These are discussed in weekly small group seminars to explore the conscious and unconscious meanings of the events observed.
The workshop is an opportunity to consider theoretical issues relevant to the assessment of individuals for psychotherapy, along with issues of clinical technique. You will hear presentations of assessment cases from experienced staff and you may have the opportunity to undertake a supervised assessment of your own if appropriate.
You will see two training cases once a week, one for 18 months and one for 12 months. Usually one of the training cases will be within the Adult Department, however this depends on the circumstances of the student and the level of clinical need within the department. You will have fortnightly individual supervision for both of your training cases. Supervisors are all senior clinicians registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.
This course is taught in a systematic and rigorous manner by experienced clinicians in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy field.
You will benefit from integrated theoretical and clinical teaching which will prepare you for high standards in independent clinical practice.
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 foundation-level training in psychodynamic psychotherapy,
have been actively working with patients under supervision for
at least two years, have an interest in intercultural work wish to develop your
clinical work to the level of a qualified psychotherapist.
In order to apply for this course you will need:
- an initial clinical training equivalent to our Foundations of psychodynamic psychotherapy
- at least one year of supervised psychotherapy work with a patient
- at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst
Personal suitability for the work is also an important factor that will be assessed at interview.
All day Tuesday.
Twice-yearly progress reports are submitted by teaching staff on each module of the course. The Assessment and Progression Board usually meets three times per year and decides on all matters relating to progression and qualification.
Mike Swinburne is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock Clinic and has worked there since 2005. His background is in psycho-social care for individuals with schizophrenia and severe personality disorders and he has a particular interest in the application of psychoanalytic thinking to residential care and supported housing environments. He has worked with a wide variety of patients in outpatient and residential settings, most recently in a therapeutic community for traumatised military veterans.
£5300 per annum
£10600 per annum
Please note that course fees are subject to a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.
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.
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