Inter-cultural psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59I)

Course overview

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.

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.

Theoretical seminars

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

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

Infant observation

You will observe an infant in a home setting for a minimum of three terms 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. Infant observation takes place in the 2nd year of training – there will be a seminar in the spring or summer term of the 1st year to help trainees prepare for this component of the training.

Clinical workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to consider theoretical issues relevant to the assessment, initial stages of therapy, the process of establishing therapy – working through and endings for individuals in time limited psychotherapy, along with issues of clinical technique. You will hear presentations of cases from experienced staff and you may have the opportunity to undertake a supervised assessment of your own if appropriate. 

Training cases

You will see two training cases once a week, one for 18 months and one for 12 months – permission to see a 2nd training patient must be given by the 1st Training Supervisor . Usually one of the training cases will be within the Adult Department of the Trust, however this depends on the circumstances of the student and the level of clinical need within the department. You will have fortnightly individual supervision, during term time, for both of your training cases – this runs in parallel with supervision provided at the Clinical Placement. Course 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.

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.

Please note: Due to the popularity of this course, we request that applications are submitted by Monday 25 April 2022, with interviews taking place between May and July. If you wish to apply after this deadline we can accept your application but sadly cannot guarantee that if shortlisted, you will be interviewed before the end of July.  Please read the entry requirements below and ensure you meet them all before submitting an application.


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. Feedback will be given to student trainees and discussed at this meeting.

Louise Woodhead is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, training first at the Guild of Psychotherapists and then at the London Centre for Psychotherapy, which became the British Psychotherapy Foundation.  Louise has a particular interest and experience of coordinating clinical services in both Psychotherapy and Counselling organisations. Her professional background is in general and mental heath nursing,  specialising in acute trauma where she worked in A + E and Intensive Care units. As a Mental Health nurse, Louise worked in Therapeutic Communities with people that experienced Eating Disorders, Drug and Alcohol problems and those with long term and enduring mental health issues; Louise had the opportunity to develop services that reflected the needs of the local community.


£ 6,005 per year


£ 12,010 per year

For more information about how Brexit may affect your fee status, please see Brexit information for EU & EEA and Swiss Nationals

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. 

Professional qualification and clinical training
Course length:
2 years
All day Tuesdays
The Tavistock Centre, London, Leeds
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Course lead:
Louise Woodhead

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