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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - next intake October 2022

This course is a psychodynamic psychotherapy qualification in once weekly psychotherapy. Successful graduates will be able to offer psychotherapy both online and in person.

The Covid 19 pandemic has caused radical changes throughout our society. At a time of increasing demand for well-qualified therapists, WPF Therapy is pleased to be able to offer an outstanding training in psychodynamic psychotherapy which reflects WPF’s mission to increase the accessibility of high-quality therapy.  For trainees starting in October 2022, ONE year of the training will be online.  This will likely be year three (TBC).

However, please note: we are only able to admit a student to this course who:

is habitually resident in the United Kingdom, due to the requirement for a number of the course elements to take place in person;



in the case of the clinical qualification in psychodynamic psychotherapy, is legally entitled to work and volunteer in the United Kingdom, due to the course requirement to volunteer in WPF Therapy’s therapy clinic.


WPF Therapy has reviewed the content and delivery of the programme with a view to providing a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy that will enable graduates to work skilfully with different modes of delivery within a social responsibility framework which works to reduce the inequalities which exist in the provision of mental health services.

Training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The course is also accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - next intake October 2022

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PDP L1

Course dates

Dates below are for 2022-2023 intake
Term 1, 3 October 2022 - 16 December 2022
Term 2, 9 January 2023 - 24 March 2023
Term 3, 24 April 2023 - 10 July 2023
(October intake) NB Clinical Work 44 weeks a year

Programme Manager (Selection)

Kate Trench


WPF Therapy Limited, 23 Magdalen Street, London SE1 2EN


Fee on submission of full application: £185
Fee on submission of APEL application: £200
Fee for Year One - 2021-2022: £6750
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This course is a psychodynamic psychotherapy qualification in once weekly psychotherapy Successful graduates will be able to offer psychotherapy both online and in person.   

The Covid 19 pandemic has caused radical changes throughout our society. At a time of increasing demand for well-qualified therapists, WPF Therapy is pleased to be able to offer an outstanding training in psychodynamic psychotherapy which reflects WPF’s mission to increase the accessibility of high-quality therapy.  

WPF Therapy has reviewed the content and delivery of the programme with a view to providing a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy that will enable graduates to work skilfully with different modes of delivery within a social responsibility framework which works to reduce the inequalities which exist in the provision of mental health services 

Training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). The course is also accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 

  1. Training programme
  2. Programme aims
  3. Programme structure
  4. Course outline
  5. Admissions criteria
  6. Admissions process
  7. Personal therapy
  8. Code of ethics
  9. Open events
  10. Further information

1.   Training programme

The training is mainly delivered face-to-face in groups; part of the training will be delivered online (likely to be Year Three – TBC)

  • Seminar programme includes modules on psychoanalytic theory and its clinical applications, research, social responsibility and mental health. 
  • Clinical placement in WPF Therapy’s Clinical Service including in-house supervision of clinical work, both online and in person. 
  • Trainees attend an experiential group throughout the training. 
  • Trainees have an allocated Trainee Development Tutor throughout their training who is responsible for overseeing their progression across all four years. 
  • Trainees may be required to undergo a mental health placement. 
  • Qualification leads to eligibility to register with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). 
  • Fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)* 
  • Leads to professional membership of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), the graduate body of WPF Therapy. 
  • Opportunity for additional placements to provide assessments and time limited therapy. 
  • Clinical seminars once a month. 
  • Reduced fee on WPF Therapy CPD Programme events. 

 (*Please note that entrants who are Accredited for Prior or Experiential Learning (APEL) onto the third year of the course will only be completing 50% of the accredited four-year course and so cannot be said to be doing a BACP accredited training. This does not apply to those entering the second year and completing 75% of the course. Please see WPF Therapy APEL policy.) 

2.  Programme Aims

To enable trainees to develop a critical understanding of psychodynamic theory within contemporary society. 

To equip trainees with the skills and techniques of the psychodynamic model to work clinically with a range of clients face to face both in person and online. 

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. 

To enable trainees to develop a professional identity as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and to work independently as reflective practitioners. 

To enable trainees to engage in the theoretical debates within the subject area and to contribute to its knowledge base. 

To equip trainees with research awareness and the capacity to evaluate and critique research in the field. 

To offer a flexible training which allows for recognition of previous learning experience and the individual learning needs of trainees. 

3. Programme Structure

Trainees proceed to qualification in four years over a part-time course of study and clinical practice. 

The course is delivered through a combination of seminars, experiential groups and clinical supervision.  

The academic component of the training takes place over 30 weeks divided into three terms. 

The clinical component of the training takes place over 44 weeks; clinical supervision runs throughout the year. 

The training begins with a one-week intensive induction. 

There are two alternative routes to qualification 

Mode M 

Daytime Mode Years 1 & 2 Tuesday 9am-6pm; Years 3 & 4 Monday 9am – 6.00pm.   

Mode A 

Afternoon/Evening Mode’ Years 1 & 2 Thursday 1pm-9pm; Years 3 & 4 Friday 1pm-9pm 


You will need to prepare for a gradually increasing time commitment as you progress through the training. This is because you will be building a clinical caseload.  By year 4 trainees are likely to be seeing a minimum of 4 clients per week.  Please note it is not permissible to see clients on your training day.  

Additional factors  

You will need to factor in study time and time to complete written work.  

For those who do not have voluntary or paid experience in a mental health or community setting you will also need to complete a Mental Health placement.  This involves offering the equivalent of half a day a week over six months in a community or mental health setting. 

All trainees are expected to be in once-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy for the duration of their training.  

Please note: 

WPF Therapy reviews the structure of the programme every year. Applicants may therefore expect some changes to the programme during their time at WPF Therapy.  WPF Therapy seeks to minimise changes as far as possible so that applicants can plan for their training.   

4. Course Outline

The training has a pluralist ethos within the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic traditions. Trainees study a wide range of theory, from the seminal contributions of Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott and Bion to contemporary views of theory and technique. Trainees are encouraged to engage critically with the required reading and to read additionally outside the reading lists provided. 

Working as a psychotherapist in contemporary society requires knowledge and understanding of how different models of personhood and community understand wellbeing and mental illness. The training covers different models of diagnosis, assessment and treatment of mental illness as well as the influence of socio-economics, class, gender, disability, age, culture, religion, race and sexuality on the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness and mental health. 

Course content 

  • Level 7 (Masters level) modules 
  • Professional modules (focusing on professional practice) 
  • Experiential groups throughout the training 
  • Individual and group tutorials 
  • Client casework and supervision. (Trainees are not expected to see clients until June of their first year.) 
  • Two compulsory Saturday workshops per year. 
  • Mental Health Placement. (Trainees are expected to complete a mental health placement if they have not already done so.) 


Assessment is continuous and intended to provide constructive feedback. Satisfactory completion of, and attendance at, all compulsory modules is required. At the end of each year a staff committee considers the progress of each trainee and makes a recommendation based on a trainee’s self-assessment, supervisor’s report, seminar reports, written assignment results and attendance. 

Written Work 

Written work is required in each of the level 7 modules, usually an essay of 2,000 words. Trainee seminar presentations may also be required.  

Trainees are also required to complete two clinical essays, the first submitted in Year 3 of the course, the second in Year 4 of the course. These are 3,000 and 3,500 words respectively.  

Clinical Placement 

One of the unique aspects of training at WPF Therapy is that trainees work with clients in the WPF Therapy clinic.  This provides them with an opportunity to be an active member of the clinic and to learn how to work with issues such as safeguarding and risk assessment.  Trainees are expected to use the WPF Therapy online client record management system. 

WPF Therapy places particular emphasis on the clinical aspect of our professional courses. The psychodynamic psychotherapy training provides extensive experience of face-to-face and online practice in the WPF Therapy clinical service. It will involve engaging with a diverse range of clients and presenting issues in open-ended weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy. Trainees may also be able to gain clinical experience of assessment and time-limited work. The clinical experience provides an invaluable opportunity for trainees to develop their skills while under the supervision of experienced practitioners and equips graduates for a broad-based professional practice once training is completed. 

Trainees will have the opportunity to see clients during the day, in the evenings or on Saturdays.  

WPF Therapy trainees require a minimum of 320 client contact hours in order to qualify. A percentage of hours are required to be in person and online. On qualification trainees may have the opportunity of transferring their clients to private practice.  This is subject to the suitability of the client for working in this setting.  There is a transfer out fee payable to WPF Therapy. 

Please note that trainees are not allowed to take other students at WPF Therapy as clients. 

Clinical supervision 

Weekly group supervision is provided for trainees as a compulsory module of the course. Trainees are expected to attend supervision, which runs both during and outside term time, for 44 weeks a year. 

Online learning 

Trainees will have remote access to all WPF Therapy online learning resources and are expected to make use of Moodle, the virtual learning environment, and MS Teams for communication and sharing of resources  

Trainees will receive some teaching online and are expected to undertake some clinical work online with clients of WPF Therapy’s clinic (using Microsoft Teams). 

5. Admissions criteria

At the time of making an application, applicants must: 

  • Have had at least six months of therapy, ideally psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. 
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and maturity. The course is emotionally and academically challenging.  Trainees will be expected to examine themselves and their behaviour on the course and be able to explore personal issues from a psychodynamic perspective. 
  • Already have at least 40 hours experience of using counselling skills with individuals in a face-to-face context. This could be experience gained in a professional or formal counselling capacity or in a voluntary capacity in a helping context such as a regular befriending role.
  • Have successfully completed or be about to complete a basic course in counselling skills of not less than one year’s duration and which is equivalent to the WPF Therapy Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills. 
  • Be personally suitable to train as therapists and to work with clients at WPF Therapy including demonstrating effective use of counselling skills. 
  • Provide evidence of the academic potential to complete the theoretical elements of the course, including written assignments. Normally, applicants should have a degree or equivalent.  Applicants who do not have a degree may be asked to submit a piece of written work for assessment. 
  • Evidence of competency in English (see below) if English is not your first language. 
  • Be able to show appropriate evidence of prior learning and experience for entry into year two or three of the training. 
  • Technological competency in working online and access to appropriate equipment and privacy. 

Admission requirements for Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning  APEL applicants

(please note on your application that you wish to be considered for APEL entry):

Applicants who wish to be considered for entry into a later year of training: 

  • Should work in a counselling centre or equivalent providing psychodynamic counselling. 
  • Have a two-year Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, or an equivalent psychodynamic qualification. 
  • Be currently in approved therapy and have been in this therapy for a minimum of two years. 
  • Have equivalency of client hours compared to end of year one or year two of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (20, or 120 hours of psychodynamic counselling/therapy respectively) and are able to demonstrate the qualities of a reflective practitioner. 
  • Must be able to supply a reference from their course tutor and/or their work place. 
  • Have proven academic ability to comparable level of the end of the second year at WPF Therapy. We will require a piece of recent written work from the applicant. This is normally a clinical essay including an account of clinical work combined with theoretical understanding. 

Please see our APEL policy for further information. 

Important note for APEL applications 2021 

For the academic year 2022-23 APEL places are limited.  

 This is due to WPF taking steps to reduce numbers in our building in light of the global pandemic and continuing uncertainty. Cohort numbers may change and therefore spaces for October 2022 will be under constant review. Successful APEL applicants can be put on a waiting list for the Mode of their choice. However, should you go through the selection process with a view to being on a waiting list we will not be able to refund the selection fee if we are not able to offer you a place on the Mode of your choice.    

If you wish to apply for the course via APEL, please contact to get an update on available spaces.  

All successful APEL candidates must attend a WPF Clinic Induction (held online) in October 10am – 2pm (date to be confirmed). Clinical work cannot be started without attendance at this induction session. 

Written and Spoken English

Please note all applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.  These are the qualifications in English regarded by WPF Therapy as an acceptable minimum level of competence:

  • British Council IELTS at 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any band (see
  • GCSE grade C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)

6.   Admissions process

The admissions process consists of:

  • Full Application form, including a personal statement.
  • A current CV
  • Group interview
  • Individual interview
  • References

We expect that it will take up to six weeks, from the date of your first interview to a decision being made about an offer to you of a place on the course 

There will be up to five other applicants in each group interview.  Group interviews will take place on Zoom. 

Interviews for this course take place throughout the year and there is an intake each October. 

Please note, the offer of a place on the training is exclusive to the intake applied for. Applicants are not able to defer their place to a later intake and must repeat the selection process if they wish to re-apply at a later date 

Individual interview

  • The individual interview usually takes place in the consulting room of an experienced clinician associated with WPF with whom the interview is arranged for a mutually convenient time. During the current health crisis all interviews are taking place online. The timing of this interview is arranged directly with the therapist. 
  • This is a personal interview about your self-awareness. We are also looking for a flexible and empathic approach to a diverse range of people and will be assessing your suitability to work with clients from the WPF Therapy clinic. 

Once we have received a report from your individual interview, you will be invited to attend a group interview. 

Group interview

The group interview will provide:

  • An opportunity to discuss your present experience in a helping or counselling role and your psychodynamic understanding of that experience;
  • An opportunity to demonstrate your capacity to use counselling skills with empathy and sensitivity;
  • A taste of group supervision.
  • An opportunity for you to learn more about the course and to ask any questions you have about training at WPF Therapy.

Reports are received from each stage of the process and will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Trainees are expected to disclose any personal circumstances that may impact on their capacity to complete the training and/or clinical work with WPF Therapy clients. If any such issues arise whilst on the course trainees are expected to disclose any issues with their tutor.

7.   Personal therapy

Applicants must have had at least six months of therapy, ideally psychodynamic or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, before applying for the training. Applicants do not have to be in therapy at the time of application but, if offered a place on the course, will be required to have started a minimum of once-weekly therapy with a WPF-approved training therapist by the course start date. 

WPF Therapy Guidelines for Therapy and a list of WPF Therapy training therapists is available from the training department. 

Therapy Advisors

WPF Therapy allocates a therapy adviser to each trainee. A therapy adviser is an experienced training therapist who functions as a special consultant to trainees in order to refer them to a suitable therapist. If you are not established in a suitable therapy at the time of application, it is strongly recommended to consult with their therapy adviser to seek help with this very important step. The therapy adviser will charge a fee of £45 for this consultation. A therapy adviser will be available to you throughout the duration of your training. 

Disclosure and Barring Service Checks (DBS) 

Completion of a form listing any unspent criminal convictions forms part of the application procedure for this course. This information will not necessarily prejudice your application. A DBS Check is required for all those who will be seeing WPF Therapy clients. This is to be completed as soon as the offer of a place has been accepted. 

8.   Code of ethics

Trainees on the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy are expected to comply with the WPF Therapy Code of Ethics and Professional Practice. On graduation they are expected to become Professional Members of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling, which is WPF Therapy’s graduate body.   

Trainees are expected to supply information regarding their online presence and to take personal responsibility that their online profile is accurate. 

WPF Therapy reserves the right to extend or terminate training. 

9.   Open events

WPF Therapy holds regular Taster Days and Open Events where you can find out more about the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in an interactive and informal environment. Information on upcoming events can be found on the events page of our website. 

10.  Further information

Further information and application forms are available from