Psychodynamic psychotherapy with couples (D59C)

Course overview

This course enables you to be registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and will allow you to practise as a psychodynamic psychotherapist with couples. It provides you with the skills for working therapeutically with couples in the NHS or as an independent practitioner. You will explore how partners choose each other, affect and relate to each other, as well as how couple relationships affect parenting and vice versa.

This course will provide you with both a greater understanding of working with couples and a deeper insight into the functioning of the individual.

You will learn through theory seminars, clinical seminars, clinical practice and individual supervision and be required to be in twice weekly personal therapy with a BPC registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

If you are already qualified working with individuals, this course will enable you to develop a further area of expertise and expand your practice to working with couples.

Theoretical seminars

You will attend a series of weekly seminars on psychodynamic theory, with a focus on how it applies to the couple relationship.

Clinical seminars

Throughout the course you will attend a weekly clinical seminar where you will present your supervised clinical work. This forum will also allow you to consider issues of technique. In year two, there is a particular emphasis on the assessment of couples for psychotherapy and some trainees will be able to have the experience of assessing a couple.

Clinical practice

You will see two couples once a week in couple psychotherapy for one year each. You will begin your treatment of the first couple in your first year. Once the treatment of the first couple is established you will undertake the treatment of a second case with the permission of your supervisor. You will receive individual supervision fortnightly, for each couple. This clinical experience is undertaken within our Adult clinical service and supervision is given on an individual basis.

Supervision and clinical practise is flexible and can take place on different days of the week. These are arranged in discussion with the trainee. On occasions, the individual supervisions are held a short journey away, in the consulting room of the supervisor. The course caters for trainees who come from outside of London and wish to undertake the course on one day a week only (Thursdays) 

The Couples Unit at the Tavistock is an established centre of excellence in couple work. The referrals it receives as an NHS clinic provide a wide range of clinical issues to learn from. You will be taught by clinician-tutors who have decades of experience with this diverse population.

This course is for those who want to work with couples and deepen your understanding of psychodynamic theory and practice. If you have already completed a clinical foundation course in psychodynamic psychotherapy equivalent to D58, then this course is the second part of the training for BPC accreditation.

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

  • have successfully completed our foundation course, Psychodynamic psychotherapy,  or its equivalent elsewhere OR
  • are a qualified (and experienced) psychoanalytic psychotherapist who is interested in extending their practise to working with couples.

Fees for the academic year 2019/2020 are coming soon.

Twice yearly reports are written on each trainee by the seminar leaders and the supervisors. Trainees are also required to write 6 monthly summaries on each couple. These reports are considered at a termly Progression Board, which is made up of the Course Staff, the External Verifier and the Head of Academic Governance and Quality Assurance. Decisions made by the Progression Board are usually relayed to the trainee by the Course Lead.

The taught part of the course takes place on Thursday afternoons at the Tavistock Centre, 1.30 to 4.15pm. The course is part-time and can be managed on one day a week.

Supervision and clinical practise is flexible and can take place on different days of the week. These are arranged in discussion with the trainee. On occasions, the individual supervisions are held a short journey away, in the consulting room of the supervisor. The course caters for trainees who come from outside of London and wish to undertake the course on one day a week only (Thursdays).

Joanna RosenthallJoanna Rosenthall

Consultant Social Worker in the Adult & Forensic Directorate; Couples Unit Lead.


Joanna Rosenthall is a psychoanalyst (BPA), a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist (BPF) and a Couple Psychotherapist (TR). She runs a clinical Couples Unit in the Adult Department and also leads a Training Programme accredited by the BPC – Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with Couples. She also works with couples and individuals in private practice.

She teaches and lectures both in Britain and abroad on the psychoanalytic theory and practice of working with couples. She has a special interest in how the couple relationships affects parenting. Recent papers of hers have focused on Bullying, Violent Couples and using the Transference in Couple Work.

Home/EU

£4950 per annum

International

£9900 per annum


Please note that course fees are subject to a 2% 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. 

Code:
PCTCTP001
Qualification:
Professional qualification and clinical training
Course length:
2 years
Attendance:
Thursday afternoons
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
London
Population:
Couples
Theoretical approach:
Psychoanalytic
Admission status:
Open
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Course lead:
Joanna Rosenthall

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