Guidelines for Accreditation


A formal course to include:

  1. A postgraduate academic course of about 500 hours usually over 4 years but not counting an introductory year. The course would include the main psychoanalytic theories and techniques.
  2. Knowledge and/or experience of infant development and preferably the experience of a psychiatric placement or other experience of serious mental disorder.
  3. At least one substantial piece of written work.
  4. Clinical seminars.

(The above would be the basis on which equivalence would be measured.)


A portfolio of training which in its totality could be regarded as equivalent to the above.

Personal Psychotherapy

Personal psychotherapy, not less than twice a week, with an approved psychoanalytic psychotherapist (UKCP/CPJA section; BPC or ACP). This should normally continue for at least four years, of which three years must overlap with the psychoanalytic work which the applicant wishes to be considered for accreditation. The applicant should have had experience of at least the same extent and frequency of personal psychotherapy as that which they intend to offer to their patients.

Personal Supervision

Individual weekly supervision, with a psychoanalytic supervisor, of one long-term training case (minimum two years twice weekly work.) The second supervised case should be for a minimum of a year with a psychoanalytic supervisor.

Experience in Psychoanalytic Practice

All applicants should have had several years of working psychoanalytically.

Some experience of assessment and of an institutional setting would be an advantage.

For accreditation as an individual Psychodynamic Psychotherapist the requirements are the same as for a Psychoanalytical Psychotherapist except that the minimum of twice-a-week clinical work with the long-term patients would be reduced to a once-a-week minimum.

If these criteria are met, the next step is to send in a completed application form and C.V. (Stage One)