Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

Once or twice-weekly options

Course fee: £2,500 or £2,600 if paying via instalments.
Case study submission fee of £110.
Plus an additional subscription fee per annum for the online psychoanalytic publishing library (pep-web).

Cost of small group supervision is included in the fees. Personal therapy and optional 1:1 Supervision of twice-weekly cases is at additional cost.

Interview fee to be included with application - £75 made payable to ‘Wessex Counselling Service’.

Deposit (non refundable): £250 to be paid within 21 days of the date of the offer letter to secure a place on the course. After June 30th Trainees will have 7 days to confirm their place and pay the deposit.

Application form available online here

Course dates: Start date September 22nd 2017.

Selection Criteria:

• Be engaged in regular (paid or unpaid) counselling work.
• Successful completion of WCP Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling or equivalent.
• Minimum of 100 supervised client hours.
• Be in therapy with a therapist from the Approved Therapist list for the Psychotherapy Training (minimum of twice-weekly for those wishing to pursue the twice-weekly option).
• Ability to meet the academic requirements of the training.
• Ability to meet study and clinical hours required in addition to the training day.
• Those wishing to bring private clinical work to be supervised as part of the training must be BPC registered Psychodynamic Counsellors or BACP accredited counsellors.

Selection Process: Applicants will have two interviews prior to a place being offered.

Course Structure:
Course Day:

The course day consists of two theory and clinical seminars, small group supervision and an experiential group. Training days are approximately 6 hours long, 30 weeks of the year, with breaks.
Supervision groups run for 42 weeks of the year. The cost of smnall group supervision is included in the fees.

Course Structure: Twice-weekly Programme
The twice-weekly option can either be undertaken alongside the core psychodynamic psychotherapy training (once-weekly psychotherapy) by registering on the twice weekly porogramme once deemed ready by your supervisor OR on application to register for the twice-weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy route (following a personal interview) for those who meet the following criteria:

Twice-weekly portfolio route entry requirements:
Already hold the WCP Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Already hold the wpf network Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling or the wpf Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training with a license to practice once-weekly.
Or, hold a qualification equivalent to the above.
Outside the Course Day:
Personal therapy: You must be in at least weekly on-going therapy with an approved therapist throughout training and until qualification. Those undertaking the twice-weekly option are required to be in a minimum of twice-weekly therapy throughout the training and until qualification.

Workshops: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy trainees are also required to attend 2 Saturday workshops a year.
Tutorials: Trainees will have three 50 minute tutorials a year, outside the course day.

Aims and Objectives:
1. To equip Trainees with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model: to develop a therapeutic relationship and to respond and interpret appropriately within it; to develop the capacity to make appropriate use of transference and countertransference.
2. To enable Trainees to work with clients towards the goal of psychodynamic therapy: the resolution of conflicts through insight reached in a therapeutic relationship.
3. To inform Trainees of the limits and context of the psychodynamic approach so that they can critically assess the psychodynamic model that is taught as the core theoretical model of the programme.
4. To equip Trainees to work independently as reflective practitioners.
5. To enable Trainees to probe the empirical base and the theoretical rationale for the body of techniques used in this field and to add to the understanding of what constitutes best practice.
6. To enable Trainees to engage in the theoretical debates within the subject area and to contribute to its knowledge base.
7. To equip Trainees to work with difference within themselves and in the consulting room.

Assessment: Assessment is continuous and intended to provide helpful and constructive feedback. We will provide clear guidelines to support your on-going development on the training. There are six assessed written assignments; you must complete and pass all pieces of written work and final clinical paper. You must pass each year to be awarded the qualification of Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.

Staffing: All training staff and supervisors on the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy training are psychotherapists registered with the BPC or an equivalent professional organisation and are registered with the National Voluntary Register for Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Important Note for all Trainees:
Once you start the course you will be liable for the fees for the whole year irrespective of your continued attendance. This is because Wessex has to contract with training staff for the year on the basis of confirmed places. If for some unforeseen reason the course does not run then Wessex will refund your fees in full.



Course Summary

Course Times

Fridays from 9.30 - 16.00
3 terms of 10 weeks
2 Saturday workshops per annum
Supervision for 42 weeks per annum

Course Fees £2,500 p.a. or £2,600 in monthly payments for 2 years.
This includes the cost of supervision and tutorials but excludes personal therapy.
£110 case study submission fee.
Annual pep-web subscription fee.
Course Application On application form. To download please click here.
Interview process for which there is a non-returnable fee of £75.00
Accreditation

Leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy graduates are granted direct entry onto the Bath Spa MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy Practice (and deemed to have completed half of their MA).

Therapy Requirement

Minimum of weekly therapy for the duration of the training with a Wessex "Approved Therapist". Trainees must be established in their therapy by the start of the course. Some experience of more frequency is recommended. Minimum of twice-weekly therapy for those wishing to take the twice-weekly training option.

Assessment

Minimum 80% attendance.
Pass grade in all written work: there are 6 assessed written assignments, one per term, over the two years.
Satisfactory reports from teaching and supervisory staff.
200 supervised client hours by the end of the training.
Placement report/s and trainee's self-assessment report.

Duration Trainees can complete the course within two years depending on satisfactory supervisor's report.


Course Content

Modules

Content

Assessment

Hours

Seminars

Human Development
Psychopathology
Advanced Clinical Concepts
Advanced Theoretical Concepts
History and Development of Psychoanalytic Ideas
Clinical Seminars

Readiness to practice independently as a psychotherapist
3 essays of 2,000 words in Year 1
2 essays of 2,000 words Year 2
Final clinical paper of 5,000 words
Seminar Leader Reports
80% attendance

180 hours plus personal study.
2 Saturday CPD workshops per course year

Supervision

Group supervision with up to three trainees.
Up to 4 clients to be held throughout the course from own practice (if professionally registered) or agency.
'Additional 1:1 Supervision of 2 twice-weekly clients (18 months and 1 year) for the twice-weekly training option.

Advanced skills assessment.
80% attendance
Satisfactory supervisor's report and self-evaluation

200 supervised client hours.
Supervison is provided for 42 weeks per annum.

Experiential
Group
Develop self-awareness and gain insight into group dynamics and relationships Attendance
Tutorials Individual Attendance 3 x 50 minutes each year