Clinical Training - Psychotherapy Course

Alliance of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Trainings (APPT)


Training in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy & Analytical Psychology

Full details of the clinical training can be found on the APPT web site at

Many traditional trainings in psychoanalytical psychotherapy and analytical psychology focus on work in private practice whilst APPT recognises that at least half the members of Arbours and AGIP work in a wide range of statutory and non-statutory settings (e.g. the NHS, charities, colleges and universities) and some members use their understanding of psychoanalysis in non-clinical settings. This course is designed to provide you with the theoretical and clinical background to work both in private practice as well as in public and third sector organisational settings or to use psychoanalytic ideas in other work environments.

The training is run over 10 weekends, one each month, from October to July. There is also an Induction session for new trainees in September before the course starts. The structure of the course is designed to make it easier for non-London based trainees to attend.

The course is divided into several components some of which are taken by all the trainees, and some provided by either Arbours or AGIP for their trainees (although it is often possible to take options provided by either organisation).

There are ‘Core Course’ which all trainees take. These modules run for three years and the seminars are on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sunday afternoons are reserved for ‘Elective modules’ and these focus on issues of specific interest to either Arbours or AGIP trainees. For example, AGIP trainees will be required to take a one year elective Infant Observation course, Arbours trainees will be required to take clinical presentation seminars.

All trainees must undertake a psychiatric placement: in the case of Arbours trainees this is usually in one of the Arbours community houses. This will require you to apply for DBS clearance.

Each trainee is allocated a personal tutor whom they are expected to see at least six times per year.

It is a requirement of the training that trainees are in twice a week personal psychotherapy with an APPT approved psychotherapist (and to undertake a substantial period of more intensive therapy) from the start of the course until qualification.

Trainees also have to work with what are called ‘training patients’: these are patients with whom the trainee works under close supervision of an approved supervisor.

There are four assessed pieces of work during the three years of seminars: two in the first year and one at the end of the second and third years. The fifth and final assignment, which is usually called the ‘long essay’, may be written after the completion of the minimum period of working with training patients, and is the final step towards professional membership.

Application for this training open on 1st December 2016 and close on 15th May 2017.

In order to be considered for the training, candidates must normally be at least 28 years of age and:

  • have completed the APPT foundation course or the equivalent (the Joint Training Committee is the body which considers exemptions for the foundation course).
  • have been in personal psychotherapy with an APPT approved therapist for at least one year before the start of the training.
  • must normally hold a degree or equivalent professional qualification, although applications form unqualified candidates will be considered.
  • be able to demonstrate that you can cope with the academic demands of the course.
  • be able to demonstrate that you have the personal and professional qualities to become a reliable therapist.
  • have had experience of working with people in a helping capacity.

The application fee is £125 and the annual training fee is £1,850 pa (under review).

Selection for the course is based on your application form, personal statement and two interviews.

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AGIP is a registered charity (Number 1083030). It was established in 1974 to provide psychoanalytic psychotherapy services and a training programme.

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