Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy (M1)
This course is the most advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in the UK for people working in the public sector and is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). It offers you a unique combination of intensive analytic teaching and practice alongside training in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to a variety of patient groups both in mental health and general medicine.
Please note: This course is now closed for September 2020 entry. If you have any questions, please use the 'Enquire now' button on this page.
A requirement of this course is that you are in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy at a minimum frequency of three times per week. The course consists of theoretical and clinical seminars, clinical supervisions, tutorials and therapeutic work with patients. The training follows the British Object Relations school of psychoanalysis. You will study the history of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to all the major contributors to psychoanalysis in Britain, including more recent analysts who have influenced current practice and thinking.
You will explore the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood, latency and adolescence, personality structure and psychopathology, psychosomatic disorders, and theories of depression and anxiety. There are a number of specialist workshops that you might also join, for example trauma, working with couples and groups. All aspects of analytic understanding and technique including transference, countertransference, free association and dreams will also be covered. You will receive close supervision on all of your clinical work – intensive and non-intensive. You may also choose to train in conducting assessments, brief dynamic interventions and groups. You may wish to gain experience in becoming a clinical supervisor, teaching analytic principles and getting involved in current research and audit projects.
This course will lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and enables you to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). In order to achieve this, the course can be completed by two routes:
Route one (full public sector training) will equip you to work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at a consultant level in the NHS through gaining competence in a large range of public sector applications as well as training in the intensive analytic treatment of patients. The applications include individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, applied work and supervision.
Route two (core training) is less demanding, focussing on the ‘core’ intensive analytic work as well as on gaining expertise in once weekly work. With this route, you may still be able to partake in additional clinical work aside from expertise in once weekly and three times weekly but it is not an expectation that you will become proficient in other areas.
Both routes lead to qualification as a
psychoanalytic psychotherapist and registration with the BPC. However, the full
public sector training will equip you if you intend to pursue a senior position
in the NHS (at consultant level) and if you intend to apply your analytic
skills to a broad range of clinical situations.
This course is for people who are clinicians who already have experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and are interested in developing their skills in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
- working knowledge of psychoanalytic theories
- at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst. Currently being in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy minimum three times a week
minimum of three years’ clinical experience (including at least 18 months of
having worked with a patient in weekly psychotherapy, supervised by a psychoanalytic
The academic course components all take place on Thursday afternoons from 1.30 -5pm during term time. However, you will be expected to be present for the whole day on Thursday as there are other key clinical meetings and supervisions that take place in the morning and lunch time period.
This is a demanding course and whilst it can be done on a part time basis you should expect to spend a minimum of 20 hours a week on the key components. The key components include the academic afternoon on a Thursday, clinical work with patients, personal analytic therapy (minimum frequency of three sessions per week), supervision and clinical unit meetings. In addition you will need to allow time for writing up sessions, reading theoretical texts, and attending to clinical admin.
In order to achieve professional accreditation you will be required to submit a 10,000 word written case study for assessment.
Your progress is assessed throughout the course through our bi-annual progression board. These progression board meetings comprise all of the key people involved in your training – your tutor and your supervisors and the Course Lead. They take place in December and July each year. Formal reports from your supervisors alongside feedback from your tutor are discussed at the board and this information informs the board’s decisions regarding whether you are given permission to progress further in the training. When you have completed all of the clinical and academic requirements, the board decides whether you have reached the level required for qualification.
Francesca Hume first trained as a clinical psychologist. After a period of research in Central America examining the impact of war and trauma on ex-combatants she returned to the UK, specialising first as a forensic clinical psychologist before joining the Adult Department at the Tavistock Clinic to train there in the mid 90’s. She has since also trained as an psychoanalyst with the British Psychoanalytic Society.
She is now a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a Consultant Psychologist at the Tavistock where she is Course Lead on the Tavistock’s Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training and is the Head of the Adult Psychology Discipline.
Her theoretical interests include Kleinian and post-Kleinian theory which she teaches - and she has presented and published analytic papers on Omnipotence and Projective Identification, Depression and the Manic Defence and modern understandings of the Oedipus Complex. She has also published papers on Bion and Group Analysis and Trauma. As well as analytic work, she has a particular clinical interest in working with groups. She also has a private analytic practice and runs clinical seminars in the UK and abroad.
£5700 per annum
£11400 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.
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