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This training in psychoanalysis is based in London and is run by the British Psychoanalytic Association, itself an International Psychoanalytic Association member society within the British Psychotherapy Foundation. Qualification leads to membership of the BPA, IPA and bpf, and eligibility to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Training with the British Psychoanalytic Association

Application to the training is open to you if you are a graduate with a degree in either the humanities or the sciences. In addition, it is required that you have had some clinical experience in the field of mental health but this can be arranged during the first year if necessary. Also, applicants are required to have been in analysis with a training analyst approved by the British Psychoanalytic Association, at four or five times a week for at least one year prior to starting the training and are expected to continue at least four/five times weekly throughout their Training. There are funds available to help with training fees.

If you are thinking of having a personal analysis with a view to training in the future you can either contact Lesley Bell (020 8888 0446) who will advise you on what steps to take next or you can contact a Training Analyst direct from the list of training analysts.

The BPA is currently receiving applications for the training to commence in September 2016. Anyone interested should contact Lesley Bell, the Chair of Selection, on 020 8888 0466 or Joyce Samuel-Ouadjo, the Training Co-ordinator, on 020 8452 9823 or by email at training@psychoanalysis-bpa.org.

If you are not ready to train you may want to consider attening a preliminary course with the BPA.

Contents of the Course:

The first year of training involves a supervised Infant Observation and a close study of the development of Freud's ideas, including a discussion on 'What is Psychoanalysis'.

The second year includes teaching on the major contributions to clinical and theoretical psychoanalytic thinking, especially those or the Independent and Kleinian Object Relations schools. Also candidates may, with discussion and agreement with the Training Committee, begin treatment of two patients under individual supervision with Supervisors approved by the British Psychoanalytic Association.

The third and fourth years include seminars on psychopathology, Bion and further developments in psychoanalytic concepts and technique.

From year two until completion of training candidates attend regular Clinical Seminars led by experienced psychoanalysts from each of the different orientations. The theoretical curriculum lasts four years. We are expecting that candidates will take, on average, about four to six years to complete all of the training requirements.

During the training as a Candidate Member of the BPA you will enjoy the stimulation of a community of professional colleagues, an environment that encourages further learning, an opportunity to attend congresses and workshops of the International Psychoanalytical Association and meet candidates and analysts from around the world as well as having access to the many facilities of the bpf premises in North West London, including its library and consulting room facilities.

Successful completion of the training leads to membership of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf) and further opportunities to participate fully in the ongoing intellectual, scientific and organisational life of these societies. Qualification also leads to eligibility for registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and to opportunities of working as a psychoanalyst in other countries.

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For further information visit the BPA website

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