independent psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapy association

The Independent Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association (IPCAPA) is one of the 4 professional and training associations within The British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf). Within the bpf, IPCAPA is the single association that focuses on the field of psychotherapy with children and their families.

The child psychotherapy training has been running for over 30 years. It was first established at the British Association of Psychotherapists by Anne Hurry and colleagues in 1982 when it opened with four trainees. The training is now open to as much as 35 trainees a year across London and Home Counties. 100 trainees have trained at the bpf since our humble beginnings (many now in Consultant/ Head of Service posts in NHS).

our name

Our name, IPCAPA, developed out of a debate and lively discussion within the former BAP Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy section, emphasises our independent theoretical tradition of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. We are the only training school, nationally; to deliver a child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in the independent tradition of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and we are proud that the new name, IPCAPA, holds this firmly.

our aims

IPCAPA aims is both to continue to deliver the child psychotherapy training in the Independent tradition (inclusive of the Jungian pathway), and harness and foster the energy and interests of the qualified membership into a lively post graduate life.

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train with IPCAPA

IPCAPA currently delivers a professional doctoral level training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists), as well as a pre clinical course - Developing a Psychoanalytic Approach to Working with Children and Adolescents whilst a significant number of members teach on the bpf /Birkbeck MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development.

Our specialist skills are in work with children, adolescents, infants, parents, and families. The training requires at least four years of intensive, weekly supervised, psychoanalytic psychotherapy and a range of other clinical experience before qualification.

Our training is commissioned and quality controlled by Health Education North Central East London behalf of the three London Local Education and Training Boards (our major commissioners) and this year we were pleased to receive a very positive annual report on our Quality and Contract Performance Management for 2013-14.  

“a high performing education institution offering an excellent student experience for those embarking on pre-clinical child psychotherapy programmes. The HEI has strong working relationships with NHS partners offering a good quality of clinical placement experience and offers an innovative and supporting teaching environment.” 


child and adolescent psychotherapy doctorate

IPCAPA and the Anna Freud Centre/UCL have collaborated to produce an innovative and exciting new Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. This 4 year full time programme will lead to the award of DPsych and professional membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) as well as the bpf, and eligibility for work in the NHS.

find out more

contact IPCAPA

Edina Kernbaum

IPCAPA training co-ordinator


join the british psychotherapy foundation

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