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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - October 2020

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

WPF Therapy has reviewed the content of this programme with a view to providing a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy that will enable graduates to work professionally with flexibility around mode of delivery of therapy.  This is in line with WPF Therapy’s committment to making psychotherapy accessible and the changing world context which has raised the profile and demand for online therapy.

Training leads to registration with BPC and UKCP and the course is also BACP accredited. The four-year course combines theoretical seminars and clinical experience. Theoretical seminars are delivered online.  Clinical work is both online and in person.  Trainees are expected to provide both.  All students are provided with a clinical placement within WPF Therapy clinical services. Clinical supervision of this work takes place across 44 weeks a year and is online.  The Programme content is reviewed each year.  WPF Therapy uses multi-channel delivery and  some sessions will be delivered remotely.  For 2020-2021 supervision, experiential groups and seminars will be online delivery.  This will be reviewed as the situation with Covid-19 develops in line with government advice and we anticipate that some parts of the course will include in person attendance at London Bridge.  The Daytime Mode runs 9am – 6pm (approximately) whilst the Afternoon Mode runs 1pm – 9pm (approximately).

 

 

 
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Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy - October 2020

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy PDP L1

Course dates

Dates below are for 2020/2021
Term 1, 1 October 2020 - 16 December 2020
Term 2, 11 January 2021 - 26 March 2021
Term 3, 26 April 2021 - 12 July 2021
(October intake) NB Clinical Work 44 weeks a year
Year Starts with ONE Week Intensive (Date TBC), 1 October 2020
Year Ends with ONE Week Intensive (Date TBC), 12 July 2021


Venue

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

Fees

Fee on Submission of Full Application: £150
Fee for Year One - 2020-2021: £6000
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psychodynamic@wpf.org.uk 
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This course is a psychodynamic psychotherapy qualification in once weekly psychotherapy which successful graduates will be able to offer both face to face online and in person.  We have moved year one online   We recognise that the Covid 19 pandemic has caused all of us to make radical shifts in our thinking and at a time when there is an increasing demand for well-qualified therapists, WPF Therapy is pleased to have been able to make this shift and to be able to continue to offer an outstanding training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

WPF Therapy has reviewed the content of this programme with a view to providing a training in psychodynamic psychotherapy that will enable graduates to work professionally with flexibility around delivery of therapy.  This is in line with WPF Therapy’s committment to making psychotherapy accessible and the changing world context which has raised the profile and demand for online therapy.

Training leads to registration with BPC and UKCP and the course is also BACP accredited. The four-year course combines theoretical seminars and clinical experience. Theoretical seminars are delivered online.  Clinical work is both online and in person.  Trainees are expected to provide both.  All students are provided with a clinical placement within WPF Therapy clinical services. Clinical supervision of this work takes place across 44 weeks a year and is online.  The Programme content is reviewed each year.  WPF Therapy uses multi-channel delivery and  some sessions will be delivered remotely.  For 2020-2021 supervision, experiential groups and seminars will be online delivery.  This will be reviewed as the situation with Covid-19 develops in line with government advice and we anticipate that some parts of the course will include in person attendance at London Bridge.

Clinical supervision of this work is provided on site and forms part of the training programme. The fees include supervision.  Fees do not include the cost of personal therapy, which is the trainee’s responsibility.

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

 

1.   Training programme

  • Seminar programme including practice and technique, psychoanalytic therapy, contemporary psychotherapy.
  • Trainees are expected to deliver online and in person face to face psychodynamic therapy.
  • Opportunity for additional placements to provide assessments and time limited therapy.
  • Clinical placement in WPF Therapy’s Clinical Services and integral supervision of clinical work.
  • Trainees attend an experiential group throughout training.
  • Trainees have an allocated tutor to support them throughout their training.
  • Clinical seminars once a month.
  • Mental Health Placement
  • Reduced fee on WPF Therapy CPD Programme events.
  • Leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) CPJA Section as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.
  • Fulfils the training requirements for individual accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)*;
  • Successful completion of the Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy also provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training.

(*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.)

2.   Admissions criteria

At the time of making an application, 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 psychodynamic issues.
  • Already have 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):

Applications 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 policy for further information

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 www.ielts.org)
  • GCSE grade C
  • Cambridge Proficiency Certificate grade C
  • Cambridge Advanced Certificate grade C (with no less than ‘weak’ in any band)

 

3.   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.

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.

4.   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 advisor to each trainee. A therapy advisor 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 advisor to seek help with this very important step. The therapy advisor will charge a fee of £45 for this consultation. A therapy advisor will be available to you throughout the duration of your training.

 

5.   Programme Aims

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

5.2. 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.

5.3. 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.

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

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

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

This qualification provides a foundation for psychoanalytic psychotherapy training and for further training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

WPF Therapy organises the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course flexibly to allow for recognition of previous learning experience and the individual learning needs of trainees.

The course structure enables trainees to proceed to qualification in four years. Applicants with a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the former WPF Therapy Network or with equivalent and certificated previous learning experience may be admitted into years two or three of either of the four-year training routes.

* Please note that entrants who are APELed 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.

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

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.

6.   Programme structure

WPF Therapy reviews the structure of the programme every year.  Therefore, applicants may expect some changes to the programme during their time at WPF Therapy.  WPF Therapy will seek to minimise changes as much as possible so that applicants can prepare for the four years of training.  The course is currently delivered through a combination of seminars, experiential groups and clinical supervision.  For 2020-2021 the majority of the programme will be delivered online.  This will be reviewed in line with government advice but is likely to remain in place for the academic year.

Trainees are expected to access WPF Therapy online resources and all materials are distributed via a virtual learning environment.  In addition to the training sessions set out above, trainees will undertake clinical work with clients at WPF Therapy’s clinic at London Bridge and online (using Microsoft Teams).  Trainees will have the opportunity to see clients during the day, in the evenings or on Saturdays.

The qualification leads to registration with the graduate body of WPF Therapy, the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC).  In order to register with BPC and UKCP graduates are required to be professional members of FPC.    Trainee membership of FPC is free during the training period and trainees are encouraged to make use of their membership.

The components of the course are provided through two alternative routes to qualification.

Timetable and Time Commitment

Due to the current situation with Covid – 19 WPF Therapy is finalising the timetable.  However, for year one sessions applicants can choose either a Tuesday (daytime) or Thursday (afternoon).  The Daytime Mode (Tuesday/Monday) runs approximately 9am – 6.00pm each day.  The Afternoon Mode (Thursday/Friday) runs approximately 1pm – 9pm each day.    In years one and two the attendance day remains the same.  In years 3 and 4 the attendance day changes to a Monday or Friday.  Further details will be provided after application.  You need to think in terms of the training moving from one day a week to up to 2 1/2 days a week as you progress.  One day will be core training.  You need to factor in clinical work and therapy.  By year 4 you should be seeing a minimum of 4 clients a week.  You will need to factor in study time and time to complete written work.  You are expected to read around the subjects and not rely solely on reading lists provided by WPF Therapy.  For those who do not have experience in a mental health or community setting you will also need to complete a Mental Health placement.  This involves the equivalent of half a day a week over six months in a community or voluntary setting.  We expect most applicants to already have this experience on application but some will need to complete it whilst on the training.  Please be aware that whilst WPF Therapy will endeavour to maintain the times of the course as substantially similar from year to year, the timetable is revised annually and there may be changes.

7.   Course description

The course begins and ends with a one week intensive.  This is five days a week  in October and July (dates to be confirmed).  For 2020-2021 we hope that this will be building based but cannot confirm this.  If it is not possible to be building based the intensive weeks will be delivered over Zoom.  There are 30 teaching weeks in a year. Client casework takes place over 44 weeks and supervision continues throughout the year. The course is composed of modules taught at Level 7. Clinical work and supervision are included in the course structure and trainees are required to attend experiential groups.

The course 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. Some study of cognitive behavioural, family therapy, and groupwork theoretical approaches are undertaken in order to help trainees understand something of the range of psychological treatments which may be suitable for clients.

Course content

  • Level 7 modules;
  • Professional modules;
  • Experiential Groups throughout the training;
  • Tutorials: WPF Therapy allocates a personal tutor to each trainee.
  • Client casework and supervision (continues throughout).  Trainees are not expected to see clients until June of their first year.  For Year One trainees are in a supervision seminar (small groups).  Once they start clinical work trainees move into a small supervision group of 3 or 4 trainees for focussed clinical work.  Clients may be online or in person.
  • Two compulsory Saturday workshops a year.
  • Mental Health Placement – trainees are expected to complete a mental health placement, if they have not already done so.

  Assessment

This is continuous and intended to provide helpful and 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 self-assessment, supervisor’s report, seminar reports, viva and the written assignments.

Written Work

Written work is required in each of the level 7 modules, usually an essay of 2,000 words. Essays or student presentations may also be required. Trainees are also required to complete two clinical essays, the first submitted in year two of the course, the second in the final year of the course. These are of 3,000 and 3,500 words respectively. It is expected that trainees are competent in working with online resources and have the capacity to engage in a small research project.

Clinical Placement

One of the unique aspects of training at WPF Therapy is that trainees see clients in the WPF Therapy clinic.  This provides them with an opportunity to work in an active clinic, including with safeguarding and risk assessment.  Trainees are expected to work with the WPF Therapy online client record management system.

WPF Therapy places emphasis on the clinical aspects of our professional courses and the psychodynamic psychotherapy training will provide extensive experience of face-to-face practice in the WPF Therapy clinical service. This is central to our training and usually involves working with both male and female clients of different ages and from a diversity of backgrounds. Trainees may also be able to gain experience in particular specialities such short-term work. The clinical experience as a whole provides an invaluable opportunity for trainees to develop their skills while under the supervision of experienced practitioners, and so equips graduates for a broad-based professional practice once training is completed.

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.  Trainees may also get experience of assessments and time limited work.  On qualification trainees may have the opportunity of transferring their clients to their private practice.  This is subject to the suitability of the client for working in private practice.  There is a transfer out fee payable to WPF Therapy.

Please note that trainees are not allowed to take other trainees on the course as clients whether from their own or a different cohort.

 

Supervision

Weekly group supervision is provided for trainees as a required module of the course. Trainees are expected to attend supervision through the year for 44 weeks a year.

 

Orientation Sessions – on Zoom (September 2020)

Monday, 28th September 11.00am – 12.30pm Welcome with Lynsey Hotchkies (Director of Studies)

Tuesday, 29th September 11.00am – 12.30 Welcome to Learning Resources with Shefa Jahan (Academic Standards Manager) and Melanie Rowland (Learning Resources Co-Ordinator)

Tuesday, 29th September 1.30pm – 3.00pm Becoming a Trainee with Sam Downie (CEO) and Lynsey Hotchkies (Director of Studies)

Wednesday, 29th September 11.00am – 12.30pm Welcome to the WPF Therapy Clinic with Fran Bristow (Director)

8.   Code of ethics

Trainees on the Clinical Qualification for 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 FPC, which is WPF Therapy’s graduate body.  Trainees are expected to supply information regarding their online presences and to take responsibility that any online profile is accurate.

WPF Therapy reserves the right to extend or terminate training.

9.   Open events

WPF Therapy holds regular Introductory Seminars where you can find out more about the Clinical Qualification in an interactive and informal environment. The opportunity to speak to current trainees is also available either at, or after, these events. 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 psychodynamic@wpf.org.uk.
An individual training consultation can be arranged for a fee of £40.

 

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Clinical Qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

October intake

Course dates

Term 1, 1 October 2020 - 16 December 2020
Term 2, 11 January 2021 - 26 March 2021
Term 3, 26 April 2021 - 12 July 2021

Programme Manager

Stephen Crawford

Venue

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

Fees

Year one: £3,526
Registration fee: £250
Instalments: £1,092 x 3
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Jennifer Jones
Programme Administrator
jennifer.jones@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2051

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This course offers a professional qualification in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, working with patients three times a week. This training leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

In addition to the seminars this course requires trainees to be in three times weekly therapy throughout the duration of their training. Two training patients must be seen three times weekly, one for two years and one for eighteen months. An infant observation, psychiatric placement and five assessed assessments must also be completed.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning) criteria are in place to consider the experience of individual applications.

 

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