Course Structure

The teaching programme:

In designing the four year teaching programme the Training Committee has been very aware that most trainees are likely to be in full time employment and has confined the teaching element to five Saturdays each term.

Each term has a particular topic, such as dream or internal processes. In one year all three terms are based on human development and include a component of infant observation.

The programme has been designed so that successful applicants may enter at any point at the beginning of a new term. The exception to this is the human development year where new entrants need to join in the first term.

In three of the four years the day begins with a work group, usually led by a member of the Training Committee, or a graduate with a particular interest in the term’s topic. In these work groups, papers or chapters from relevant texts, usually with some bearing on the seminar topic of the day, will be discussed actively and in depth.

The work group is followed by two related seminars, one before, the other after lunch. These seminars are generally open to graduates, prospective trainees and those working in related occupations who are interested in psychoanalytic thinking.  Seminars are often given by training committee members and senior associates of the training as well as visiting speakers so that there is much opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas. There is one seminar each term, closed to the public, in which two trainees present clinical material for discussion with their fellows, and with a tutor.

The last event of the day is the case discussion group, which, like the work group, is confined to trainees. Trainees are expected to bring clinical work to this group, and to discuss each others’ clinical work.

In the human development year trainees will be expected to have an experience of infant observation, and to discuss their experiences in an extra group run by a child psychotherapist.

Personal therapy: trainees are required to be in three times weekly psychotherapy with a member of BPC for the duration of their training, and to have had a year’s psychotherapy before entering the training.

Training patients: Trainees will need to see two training patients three times weekly for two years. Training patients should be of different sexes or different sexual orientations. Each training patient will be supervised weekly by a different training therapist, again a member of BPC.

Other options:

It is recognized that not everyone will wish to embark on such an exacting programme, and intermediate courses are being devised which, while challenging, demand less intensive therapy and supervision.

For more information or an informal chat you can contact the Admissions tutor.

The fees are updated annually. Students meet their own fees for therapy and for individual supervision.

The Course fees for 2017/2018 are £3,300 pa for junior students and £2,200 pa for senior students.


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