Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

Overview

If you have a psychodynamic counselling qualification and would like to train to become a psychodynamic psychotherapist then this course is for you.  There are options to train to see clients on a once-weekly basis, and a twice-weekly basis.

Entry Requirement

  • Be engaged in regular (paid or unpaid) counselling work
  • Successful completion of WCP Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (or Y3 of the WCP Diploma) 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 the duration of the training
  • 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 or equivalent
  • Able to attend course dates

Application Process

Applications are accepted at any time before the deadline, and early expressions of interest are encouraged. 

Applicants will have two interviews.

Course Structure

The Psychotherapy training takes place on a Friday between 9.30am and 5.15pm.  It runs for two years, each of three terms approximately in accordance with the academic year.  The day consists of a theory seminar, a clinical seminar, small group supervision* and an experiential group.

*Supervision takes place 42 weeks per year and the cost is included in the course fee

Outside the Course Day

Personal Therapy:  You must be in twice-weekly therapy with a Wessex approved therapist (to see list click here) throughout the training

Workshops:  There are two compulsory Saturday Workshops each academic year

Personal Tutorials: Each student will have one personal tutorial each term of the course

An Infant Observation is recommended

Once-weekly Psychotherapy and Twice-Weekly Psychotherapy

The Wessex psychotherapy training offers trainees the option of qualifying to see clients once per week and twice per week.  The core training is on a once-weekly session basis and the twice-weekly session basis includes this core training with additional requirements which can commence with the agreement of your supervisor and the approval of training committee. 

Additional Requirements for Twice Weekly Psychotherapy

Each trainee must undertake a six- month clinical placement in a psychiatric unit or equivalent as observer

Two twice-weekly clients, one of which must be held for one year and the other for 18 months pre-qualification

Separate supervision for twice-weekly clients at additional cost

Post Qualification Portfolio Path for Twice Weekly Psychotherapy

You can convert your Psychotherapy qualification to twice-weekly if you satisfy the following requirements:

  • Hold the WCP Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling/WCP Psychodynamic Psychotherapy once-weekly training
  • Hold the WPF Network Advanced Diploma in Counselling or Psychotherapy training (once weekly)
  • Hold a qualification considered to be equivalent

The Course Day

The course day will include a theory and a clinical seminar, small group supervision* and an experiential group.  There are two compulsory Saturday workshops and three personal tutorials each academic year. 

*Note:  The cost of supervision for core training is in the overall cost of our courses and takes place 42 weeks per year.

Course Aims and Outcomes

  • An increasing access to, and ability to process counter-transference experience and responses while also showing an awareness of the limits of this approach.
  • A capacity to recognise and work with transference with those patients/ clients who can use this approach and an ability to discern when this approach is contra-indicated.
  • An increasing access to, and ability to process counter-transference experience and responses while also showing an awareness of the limits of this approach.
  • Development of a capacity to integrate theory and practice.
  • A capacity to recognise and work with transference with those patients/ clients who can use this approach and an ability to discern when this approach is contra-indicated. Twice-weekly registration:
  • Ability to think about and if necessary contain regression within the twice- weekly setting.
  • Ability to adapt the psychoanalytic construct to a range of clients and presenting problems.
  • An increasing level of critical evaluation of psychoanalytic theory and formulations in the light of practice and experience.
  • Ability to assess clients for suitability for psychodynamic therapies

Assessment

Assessment is continuous and is achieved through self, staff and peer review and feedback.  You must successfully complete each year and your work approved for continued training.

Theory: Successful completion and achievement of a pass for two 2,000-word essays per academic year

Clinical Seminar: Successful seminar leader reports concerning presentations, engagement and reflective self in relation to clinical material

Supervision: Achievement of approval for practice as a psychodynamic psychotherapist practicing once-weekly/twice-weekly work

Client Work: Achievement of 200 supervised client hours.   A one-year relationship with two  clients (once-weekly) and one client for one year and another client for eighteen months for the twice-weekly qualification. 

Final Clinical Paper: Successful completion and achievement of a pass for one 5000-word case study (once weekly)

Successful completion and achievement of a pass for one 6,000-word case study (twice-weekly route)

Course Fees

Please send two copies of your application to us with your selection process fee of

  • £75 interview fee
  • 2650 course fees (instalment option available, £100 admin fee applies)
  • £55 additional cost for access to online psychoanalytic library (pep-web.org)

to the address below:

The Selection Committee
Wessex Training
Fairfield House
King Street
Frome
BA11 1BH

Training services

Talking therapies work

  • Course Progression to Professional Qualification
  • Introduction Course and Foundation Certificate (Stage 1)
  • Diploma Course (Stage 2)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (Stage 3)
  • Continuing Professional Development Courses

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