Inter-cultural psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59L, Leeds)

Course overview

Delivered in Leeds, 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 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.

Assessment workshop

The workshop is an opportunity to consider theoretical issues relevant to the assessment of individuals for psychotherapy, along with issues of clinical technique. In addition, you may have the opportunity to undertake a supervised assessment of your own if appropriate.

Training cases

You will see two training cases at a frequency of once a week, one for 18 months and one for 12 months. Clinical placements are available across the northern region.  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!” 

“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 one year, 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.


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.


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Martin Gill is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in Manchester. He works in the NHS and privately. Martin initially trained as a general nurse then undertook post-graduate studies to train as a mental health nurse. Since then he has been involved in therapies training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and then psychoanalyst. He is clinical lead in an outpatient eating disorder service. He is interested in the application of psychoanalytic ideas within mental health systems and more widely. He is a staff member of the IOPA northern clinic services and also works as a consultant to organisations offering psychoanalytic applications within staff and management groups.


£ 6,005 per year


£ 12,010 per year

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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
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Course lead:
Martin Gill

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