Forensic courses

The Portman Clinic has been applying a psychoanalytic framework to the understanding and treatment of people who engage in violent, sexually harmful, criminal and delinquent behaviours since its inception in the early 1930s. Through this engagement we have developed a framework for thinking which informs our courses specifically addressing; risk and ethics, clinical assessment and treatment alongside the management of institutional difficulties which emerge in the care of these individuals.

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We have a range of Forensic postgraduate and CPD course available as well as a number of events.  Our postgraduate forensic course is accredited the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and all our courses are delivered by experts in their field. Our Portman Clinic offers a unique experience in the psychoanalytic understanding of working with offenders.

Introductory course:

Risk: a relational perspective

This eight week course, delivered in both London and Leeds, offers you an innovative framework for understanding the complex and subtle issues involved in assessing and managing the risk of violence and sexual offending Qualification: Trust Certificate

Course length :8 weeks

Attendance: Part-time

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Applied course:

Foundations in psychodynamic approaches to risk and complexity

This course provides a foundation in psychoanalytic principles and their application to working with complex and challenging individuals.

Qualification: Trust Certificate

Course length: 1 year

Attendance: Monday mornings

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Clinical / qualifying course:

Forensic psychodynamic psychotherapy

This course will allow you to practice as a forensic psychodynamic psychotherapist accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Qualification: Professional Qualification & Clinical Training

Course length: 2 years

Attendance: Part-time – Monday mornings

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Current courses:

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of

Qualification: Certificate of attendance

Course length: 2 days

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Bespoke courses:


Reflective mental health practice today short course

This is a bespoke 10-week short course for mental health nurses, which develops the capacity to understand, process and thoughtfully respond to...

Qualification: Certificate of attendance

Course length: 10 weeks

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Coming soon:


Introducing psychoanalytic ideas on violence, delinquency and sexual deviation

This course – a series of monthly talks – introduces the key concepts from the psychodynamic and developmental understanding of criminality.

Qualification: Certificate of attendance

Course length: 9 months

Attendance: Part-time

Managing risk and complexity in social care practice: A relational approach

Social workers and other professionals working in the field of child protection are faced with particular challenges in assessing and managing the...

Qualification: Trust Certificate

Course length: 8 weeks

Attendance: Thursday mornings

Risk: A relational perspective

This eight week course, delivered in both London and Leeds, offers you an innovative framework for understanding the complex and subtle issues.

Qualification: Trust Certificate

Course length: 8 weeks

Attendance: Part-time

Assessing Risk in Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System: A relational approach

This conference marks the launch of a new book, Assessing Risk: A Relational Approach, which offers a novel framework for making sense of assessing and managing risks relating to violent and sexual offending. The speakers will draw on mainstream empirical research relating to risk and present new research findings using innovative implicit association techniques for studying links between violence and excitement.

Type: Conference

Location: London

Date: 1 June 2018 10am–5pm

Find out more about the authors of Assessing Risk: A Relational Approach:

  • Stephen Blumenthal – Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst
  • Andrew Williams – Head of Adult complex Needs and Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy


Open events and webinars

Visit us before you join us, either in person or virtually. Our open events are a great way to gain insight into our courses, hear about our options for fees, funding and student services, as well as to meet our staff and current students.

Our next open day is on:

Saturday 23rd June 10am–1pm 

Join us for our first virtual open day. We understand that it may not always be possible to attend our open events in person so we are pleased to give you the chance to connect with us online.

Our first virtual open day takes place on:

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 11am–12pm

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