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The BJAA (British Jungian Analytic Association) offers a well established, highly respected Jungian Analytic Training for working with adults, leading to membership of the BJAA of the bpf and the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), and registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). A Jungian Modified Entry Scheme is available for people who already have a significant clinical qualification.  In addition an MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development is offered in conjunction with Birkbeck College, University of London. It is also possible to train as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist by taking the Jungian Training pathway with our sister bpf association, the IPCAPA (Independent Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association).

The British Jungian Analytic Association's training at the bpf integrates a developmental model with archetypal thinking. It has a strong clinical bias and an emphasis on Infant Observation. The curriculum focuses on Jungian and post-Jungian theory and practice whilst combining aspects of other psychoanalytic traditions and recent developments in neuroscience.

Training as a Jungian Analyst

Training as a Jungian Analyst is a most rigorous, stimulating, and rewarding experience. Being ready to apply is an individual process with which we can offer help and advice once you’ve read the rest of the information on the website.

In order to apply you will need a first degree and/or relevant professional experience and to have been in therapy 3 x weekly with a BJAA approved training analyst for at least one year before starting training. Personal Jungian analysis is at the heart of training and continues until qualification.

The Jungian Analytic Training Programme includes:

  • Four years of theoretical seminars covering Jungian, post-Jungian, psychoanalytic and contemporary analytic theory on Tuesday evenings, 8:30 – 10:00 p.m. and one Saturday morning each term.
  • A two-year infant observation course that focuses on the development of the emerging self from birth until the child’s second birthday (unless this has already been completed beforehand and meets BJAA requirements).
  • Fortnightly clinical seminars led by a senior BJAA member, currently held on Wednesday evenings and from autumn 2016 the clinical seminars will be on Tuesday evenings between 6.30-8.00pm.
  • Four Reflective Group meetings a year on a Tuesday evening 8.30-10.00pm.
  • Jungian analytic work with two individuals seen 3 x weekly until qualification.

Entry Requirements for Training

Advice and support is available for potential applicants who would like to consider how to prepare to meet the following requirements:

  1. Academic Qualification: To first degree level or equivalent.
  2. Relevant Work Experience: Experience of work in a mental health setting is an advantage but we welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds.
  3. Psychiatric Placement: Some experience of working with psychiatric patients is essential so if applicants do not have this, a six-month placement will need to be undertaken or in place before the training starts.
  4. Clinical Experience: Some experience of working one-to-one with adults in a paid or honorary capacity is required.
  5. Personal Therapy Analysis: with a BJAA approved training analyst three times a week for at least one year is required before starting the training.
  6. Aptitude: You will need to show a potential to think and work analytically.
  7. Finance: You will need to have a way of financing your training.
  8. Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check (previously known as CRB): This is essential for working with vulnerable people.

Application Process

Please submit the BJAA application form for us to receive by the closing date— 28th February of each year. If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to come to two separate 1:1 interviews with senior members, after which the BJAA Selection Committee will make a decision.

Duration of Training

Seminars take place in the evenings and on one Saturday morning each term. From autumn 2016 the theoretical and clinical seminars will both be held on Tuesday evenings between 6.30-10.00pm. The length of training varies – four years would be the minimum.

Training Outline

Theoretical Seminars

Jung's concepts of the Self and Individuation are at the core of the theory seminars and these concepts are integrated into each year and linked to each specific topic.  Developmental Jungian and Psychoanalytic theories are threaded through the theory seminars and recommended reading includes texts from the 21st century.

The theory seminars have been designed so that new trainees can join the four year cycle at the beginning of each year.  All trainees will therefore be taught together and will be at different levels in their theoretical and clinical knowledge and experience.  The seminars are open to trainees on the Jungian pathway of the Child and Adolescent training and year 5+ trainees. These trainees decide in advance of the annual programme which seminars they would like to attend throughout the year.

The four year cycle of theory seminars is:

Year A:
Early Development

  • Early years of development: comparison of approaches, Freud, Jung and Klein
  • Container/contained – Bion & Winnicott
  • Archetypes and attachment theory
  • Early Psychic States: emergent self and its defences
  • Defences of the self – core complex and schizoid compromise
  • Regression in analysis
  • Body/mind relationship
  • Eating disorders
  • Neuroscience

Year B:
Separating Out

  • Individuation – classical foundations and developmental considerations
  • The third/oedipal complex in the child and adolescent
  • Boundary issues – acting out/enactment and negative therapeutic reactions
  • Self-destruction and suicide
  • Narcissm
  • Borderline States
  • Depression
  • Complex patients: perversion, trauma, addictions, addictive states
  • Modes of defence and their manifestations in therapy
  • Psychotic States
  • Numinosity & Spirituality

Year C:

  • Typology
  • Anima/animus
  • Erotic transference
  • Shadow
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Sexual Diversity
  • Rosarium
  • Coniunctio
  • Eros & Psyche

Year D:
Self and Meaning

  • The Self
  • Defences and disturbances of the Self
  • Projective identification, transference /countertrans-ference and participation mystique
  • Transcendent Function
  • Synchronicity and the psychoid
  • Symbols and Dreams
  • Active imagination, myths and fairytales
  • Playing, creativity and imagination
  • Sexual States of Mind
  • Patient/analyst relationship


BJAA/SAP Saturday Workshops

There is one Saturday workshop each term. One of the following four topics will be covered each year – Ethics, Assessment, Psychiatry or Research. The other two workshop topics in each year will address contemporary debate.  These workshops are a compulsory part of the theoretical curriculum for years 1-4 trainees and year 5+ trainees are encouraged to attend these workshops.

Clinical Seminars

From the second year until qualification, trainees attend five Clinical Seminars per term, presently offered on Wednesday evenings and from autumn 2016 they will be held on a Tuesday evening between 6.30-8.00pm. Led by a senior member of the BJAA, they provide an invaluable opportunity to present work to colleagues and participate in clinical discussions that help trainees to become confident and competent Jungian Analysts. There is a strong focus on analytic attitude and clinical technique. These seminars provide opportunities for trainees to play creatively together, to share ideas and approaches and to develop a kitbag of resources to use in forthcoming analytic careers.

Infant Observation Seminars

If trainees have not already undertaken a BJAA recognised two-year Infant Observation, they will attend Infant Observation Seminars. They observe a baby in the context of his/her family and home for an hour every week. Detailed written observations are then presented for discussion in weekly seminars run by a BJAA approved specialist in Infant Observation. These seminars take place throughout the academic year and the day and time of the seminars will be determined by which group the trainee joins. 

Observing a baby so intensively provides trainees with the first analytical experience of their training: It brings the observer into contact with early, primitive states and raw emotions, requiring the use of one’s self and feelings in understanding the complexities and nuances of what seems to be occurring – within the baby, in the baby’s relationships and in the intimate dynamic between the observer and the observed.

After a year, observers write an Interim Infant Observation report of 2,500 words. On successful completion of this paper and/or the essay assignment the trainee may apply to take their first Training Patient. At the end of the two-year observation, a final paper of 7,000 words is written.

Where a trainee has previously completed an Infant Observation, the Training Committee will need to assess whether the previous observation meets the requirements of the current training. If it does, then the trainee need not complete a second observation, but they will need to write an Infant Observation related paper of 2,500 words before applying to take their first Training Patient.

If the previous observation is not deemed transferable, then another observation of a suggested length of time will be required.

Training Patients

Trainees become immersed in intensive analytic work by treating two training patients, one of each sex, for a minimum of three sessions per week, in accordance with the BPC Code of Ethics and Guidelines on Confidentiality. One training patient is treated for a minimum of two years and one for at least eighteen months. Both patients will be assessed for suitability and referred by the BJAA Reduced Fee Scheme.

Every six months Trainees write a 2,000 word report about the work with each training patient describing the progress of treatment. Report writing seminars are provided throughout the training to help with the development of writing skills.


Every week trainees meet individually with an experienced male and female supervisor who oversee the work with each of their training patients. This continues until qualification and is a central component of the training. Every six months an in-depth written assessment is completed between a trainee and each of their supervisors so that their strengths and areas needing development can be identified and progress can be discussed.

Support during Training

Personal Analysis

Personal analysis with a BJAA approved Training Analyst, meeting at least three times a week until qualified, sits at the heart of the training.

Training Adviser

Each trainee is assigned a Training Adviser whose role is to support him/her throughout the training. The Training Adviser is a member of the Training Committee and is the main link between the Training Committee and the trainee. The Training Adviser relays feedback between seminar leaders, training supervisors and trainees, coordinating meetings and making any necessary interventions.

Reflective Group Meetings

Trainees meet together at the start of the academic year and at the end of each term to reflect upon their experience of the training. These meetings are facilitated by a member of the BJAA.

Assessment during Training 

Each trainee’s development is continuously assessed by the trainee, seminar leaders, supervisors and the Training Committee.  The membership competencies serve as guidelines for determining the desirable qualities and capabilities expected in order to qualify.

The following written work is completed by trainees:

  • Essay assignment – At the end of year one trainees complete a 2,500 word essay assignment where they demonstrate their ability to integrate theoretical concepts with clinical application. Satisfactory completion of this assignment is one of the training elements used to assess readiness to embark on the clinical component of the training.
  • Interim Infant Observation report – When the baby is almost one year old the trainee writes a 2,500 word Interim report on their experience of the baby and the observation. Satisfactory completion of this assignment is one of the training elements used to assess readiness to embark on the clinical component of the training.
  • Final Infant Observation paper – At the end of the observation a final 7,000 word paper is completed
  • Six month clinical reports – Trainees complete 2,000 word six monthly reports until they have fulfilled the requirements for the clinical component of the training and they are ready to write the final paper
  • Final clinical paper – Once trainees have fulfilled all of the above requirements they complete a final 7,000 word clinical paper based on the work with one of their Training Patients. The paper must demonstrate a high level of integration of theory with clinical work. It is considered by two readers who meet with the trainee to discuss the paper. A written report from the readers is submitted to the BJAA Training Committee.

Qualification and Membership

On qualification, a newly qualified member will:

  • become a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association of the bpf
  • be registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
  • become a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychologists (IAAP)
  • have access to post-graduate seminars, scientific meetings and courses run by the bpf
  • have the opportunity to advance to senior membership and training analyst/supervisor status of the BJAA

All qualified members are expected to continue with a programme of continuing professional development (CPD) in accordance with BPC guidelines.

Training Costs

The main cost of training is paying for personal analysis, and fees are negotiated with your analyst, as are the fees for individual supervision sessions that come into effect when a trainee begins to work with their first training patient. BJAA trainees retain all of the fees they receive from their training patients.

Tuition fees are paid annually, termly or via a monthly standing order. They cover four years of theoretical seminars; fortnightly clinical seminars from the time of starting with training patients until qualification; two to three years of Infant Observation seminars; student membership of the bpf which includes free or significantly discounted admission to its conferences, lectures, discussions and events; receipt of the BJP journal and ongoing tutorial support.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The BJAA welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds and make no discrimination on the basis of ethnic origin, religion, age, race, gender or sexual orientation.

BJAA Modified Entry Scheme

The BJAA also runs a Modified Entry Scheme, an individually tailored programme offering additional training for BPC and non-BPC psychotherapists, Psychodynamic Counsellors, Arts Therapists, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Couples Psychotherapists, Group Analysts and Humanistic Psychotherapists. Further information is available on the BJAA Modified Entry Scheme page.

Further Information

You are most welcome to contact us to discuss any matters relating to the training, or to arrange an informal interview. We can help you find an appropriate training analyst so you can begin personal therapy, suggest possible psychotherapy or psychiatric placements where you can gain clinical experience and point you to towards courses that will help you to prepare, such as Infant Observation seminars.

For advice on training contact:

Judy Cowell
Tel: 01223 412060
Email: joyces@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk

in the first instance.


To find out more about preparation for training, the experience itself and postgraduate life at the BJAA and bpf, see BJAA faq.

The BJAA welcomes applications from all sections of society, especially from members of Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

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