Accreditation Procedure


Please Note: The Accreditation Committee meet 3 times a year; Autumn, Winter and Summer. Submissions should be received by 20th of September, December or May respectively.  A response will normally be given within 6 to 10 weeks of these deadlines.

Stage One

The applicant sends six copies of a completed form and C.V for the committee's consideration. If the Candidate is considered to be eligible they will be invited to proceed to Stage Two.

Stage Two

  1. The applicant makes a full application. Six copies should be sent to the Accreditation Committee.The application consists of:
    1. A case study (supervised by a psychoanalytic supervisor) to show effective use of psychoanalytic theories in clinical work, including illustration of this in sessions including awareness of the transference and countertransference processes (2,500 - 3000 words). A list of bibliographic references should be given at the end.
    2. A professional development statement of 2,000-3,000 words to include:
      • A statement about the evolution of practice and the theoretical models informing it, demonstrating psychoanalytic concepts in the work.
      • Two clinical vignettes (which can be written separately or incorporated within the professional development statement) describing work with two people - other than the patient in the case-study and which illustrate a particular stage or aspect of your work. Up to 500 words each.
  2. The applicant will ask two persons, of whom one must be their most recent supervisor, to provide professional references and send them to the Accreditation Committee. The applicant will provide the referees with a copy of the FiP Ltd Guidance for Referees, which is included in the pack. (At least one reference must be received by the committee before the candidate can be interviewed.)
  3. The applicant will be invited for interview with two assessors appointed by the Accreditation Committee who will discuss the application and will report to the FiP Ltd accreditation committee.
  4. The decision on whether to award formal accreditation is based on the quality and standard of the work presented and the interview process, and is reached by the Accreditation Committee, taking into account all the information supplied to them. The decision of the Accreditation Committee will be final.The requirements outlined in the accreditation process are minimumcriteria and do not automatically lead to accreditation.The only grounds for appeal against the decision of the Accreditation Committee is failure of the committee to follow the FIP Ltd Accreditation procedure.
  5. Recommendations for suitable further training, psychotherapy and/or supervision may be made by the Accreditation Committee in those cases where applicants do not fulfil all the criteria.
  6. Costs for applications for Accreditation are:
    • Stage One Registration fee: £25
    • If application proceeds to Stage Two a further fee of £175 will be required.
    • Application fees are not refundable.