bpf psychotherapy today (london-based)

introduction to psychoanalytic and jungian ideas in a challenging world

  • October 2018 - July 2019 (see all dates under 'structure')
  • Clean Break, 2 Patshull Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2LB

Join the bpf’s flagship introductory course! Psychotherapy Today has been specifically designed for those who are either considering a psychotherapy training and/or are curious about psychoanalytic and Jungian thinking and how these ideas can be applied to the world in which we live. The course aims to kindle curiosity, encourage critical thinking, make connections, and investigate differences in a creative and inclusive group setting, enabling students to develop their own associations and ideas.

who is it for

While the course might be of particular interest to those who are looking to take their first step onto professional training at the bpf, the course is open to all sections of society and encourages applications from a diverse range of people. You may already be working in the caring professions (such as a GP, Social Worker or Nursery Nurse) or you might come from a completely different background.

Life experience is strongly valued. Just bring your curiosity, openness and an interest in exploring new ways of looking at the self and the world.

course content

The syllabus has been designed to facilitate thinking about the ways in which psychoanalytic and Jungian thinking can be applied to both one’s personal experience as well as political and social issues. You will examine questions ranging from ‘What is a mind?’ and ‘How do we become who we are?’ to thinking about issues like group dynamics, racism and homophobia.


The 2018/19 syllabus is briefly outlined below.

term one
Day One
  • Introduction
  • What is a mind?
  • A Historical and Philosophical overview of Freud and Jung
  • The Unconscious at Play - Art, dreams, myths and representations of the ‘unseen’

Day Two
  • Mapping the landscape
  • Developing Jungian and Psychoanalytic models of the mind

Day Three
  • Ideas in practice
  • Applied work
  • What is it really like being a psychotherapist?
term two
Day Four
  • Trauma and Neuroscience
  • How trauma impacts our ways of being in the world
Day Five
  • Body in mind, mind in body?

Day Six
  • Diving deeper: Elaborating Jungian and Psychoanalytic thought

Day Seven
  • Defences: What they are and why we need them
term three
Day Eight
  • Group dynamics
  • How do we affect each other?
  • How we ‘other’ other people

Day Nine
  • Sex and sexuality
  • Fetish and fantasy

Day Ten
  • Narcissistic and borderline states of mind in the consulting room and beyond

For more information on syllabus and course content please contact: Wayne Full, Psychotherapy Today Course Coordinator via email psychotherapytoday@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk


The main course components include seminars, discussion groups and mentoring.


On each Saturday study day, two seminars are delivered on a specific theme; one seminar offers a psychoanalytic perspective, the other a Jungian perspective. In the initial seminars, you will be introduced to a range of theories and models of mind, starting with Freud and Jung all the way through to the present day. The rest of the seminars will take a more applied approach, exploring how ‘Psychotherapy’ can be thought about and practiced ‘Today’.

facilitated discussion groups

After the two seminars have been delivered, there is facilitated group discussion, which will give you the opportunity to reflect on any thoughts and feelings that have arisen from the seminars. You may discuss connections between your own personal experiences and the material covered in the seminars if you wish. These small groups provide a space for you to reflect on and digest some the ideas covered in the seminars  


In addition to the Saturday study days, you will be allocated a mentor, who is a bpf member. Mentors are welcoming, impartial and supportive. They are informed about different ways of training at the bpf. Via phone, Skype or in person, the mentor can play a key role in supporting you during the year of the course. The mentor’s main tasks are to:

  • Support you in your studies;
  • Address any concerns or issues you may have;
  • Discuss any planned progression to further training and opportunities you are interested in exploring.

Many students who have chosen to take up the offer of a mentor have reported finding the experience highly valuable and enjoyable.

other course components

You will be provided with suggested reading and watching lists and can immerse yourself as deeply as you wish. There is also an optional reflective essay at the end of the course if you wish to consolidate your learning.

study day format

Each Saturday study day is typically structured as follows:

10.15 - 10.30: Linking in and registration

10.30 - 12.00: First Seminar. 1-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes Q&A session between students and seminar leader.

12.00 - 13.00: Lunch

13.00 - 14.30: Second Seminar. 1-hour presentation followed by 30 minutes Q&A session between students and seminar leader.

14.30 - 14.45: Coffee Break

14.45 - 16.15: Facilitated Discussion Group

16.15 - 16.30: Linking Out - a chance to debrief at the end of the day


The study days in 2018-19 will take place on the following Saturdays:

  • 6th October 2018
  • 3rd November
  • 1st December
  • 5th January 2019
  • 2nd February
  • 2nd March
  • 6th April
  • 11th May
  • 8th June
  • 13th July

entry requirements

Although not a requirement we highly recommend that students are in therapy to help support you on the course. Learning of this nature can stir up unexpected feelings and it is really helpful to have a place to work these through. If you would like more information on accessing therapy with a bpf member please follow this link: http://www.britishpsychotherapyfoundation.org.uk/therapy


who is teaching?

All seminar leaders, discussion facilitators and mentors are bpf psychoanalytic psychotherapists, Jungian analysts, child and adolescent psychotherapists or psychoanalysts working in private practice, the voluntary sector and the NHS. All course members are skilled and experienced in managing and facilitating thinking and feelings in a group and individual context.

what is it like on this course?

Have you been wondering what kind of experience and value the course brings? Find out from one of the reflective papers written by a former student at the end of the course, focusing particularly on the Jungian aspects of the course in this blog post.

can I drop in to seminars?

The course is not designed to allow for a drop-in format. It is important that the group learns as a whole and we offer an inclusive learning environment. This is underpinned by a sense of continuity throughout the year. To be awarded a certificate for the course you will be expected to achieve an attendance rate of 80% and that means attending the day in its entirety.

what is jungian and psychoanalytic thought anyway?

Have a look at these useful links:

Types of therapy

Further Information about Jung (document download)
click here

Psychoanalytic and Jungian training

what other learning opportunities are out there?

The bpf offers infant observation groups, work discussion groups, reading groups and advice on personal training analysis if you wish to develop your learning further. These may be taken in conjunction with the Psychotherapy Today course, particularly if you are looking to apply for training. On the course you will be assigned a personal mentor, who will be able to advise you on pathways to training.



The course fee is £1250, payable on offer of a place on the course (you will be invited to register and pay via debit card through a secured payment page).

While it is preferable that individuals pay the full amount upfront before starting the course, we can offer you the option to pay by instalments:

•           Instalment 1 for £625 to be received before October 6th 2018.

•           Instalment 2 for £625 to be received before February 2nd 2019.

Late payment of instalments will incur an administration charge of £25.

Individuals who do not paid their termly instalments on time will not be attend seminars until they have paid. If individuals are paying by instalment, they are liable to pay for the whole year fee even if they decide to withdraw at a later date.

Please note that the bpf will not be held responsible for travel/hotel expenses made or incurred in the unlikely event of this course either being cancelled or postponed. See our cancellation and refund policies for more information.


Due to extenuating circumstance, some individuals ask for deferment. When individuals decide to defer their training for the next term or year, they will asked to pay the full amount of the course upfront. This will mean they will not need to pay anything the following year when they return.

how to apply

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form supplied and email it to Sandra Pereira at SandraP@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk

Alternatively, please print it and return it to Sandra Pereira at 37 Mapesbury Road | London | NW2 4HJ.

download application form

access information

venue location and information 

Psychotherapy Today will be delivered at Clean Break, a women’s theatre company committed to changing lives and changing minds - on stage, in prison and in the community. Clean Break delivers high-quality theatre-based courses, awards qualifications and offers specialist support for the rehabilitation of women with experience of the criminal justice system. We are delighted to partner with this organisation and to use their space to deliver the course. More about Clean Break can be found here.

location and directions

Clean Break’s offices can be found at: 2 Patshull Road, Kentish Town, London, NW5 2LB. You can find a map to the venue here: here.

directions from Kentish Town tube

Turn left out of the tube and walk down the hill. After four minutes, you will see Patshull Road on your left. Clean Break’s offices can be found down the alley on the right hand side of the road (immediately behind the Job Centre).

directions from Kentish Town West overground

Turn left out of the station and continue along Prince of Wales Road for five minutes until it meets Kentish Town Road. Turn left up the hill and cross at the crossing. Clean Break’s offices are located in an alleyway off Patshull Road, immediately behind the Job Centre on the right side of the road, slightly further up the hill.

(You may be a little put off by the alleyway but once you go through the private gates, you will enter Clean Break’s self-contained gardens and grounds.)

facilities and rooms

The venue is conveniently located just off Kentish Town Road, which has several cafes, delis and restaurants (which is great for your lunch and coffee breaks) as well as some pubs and bars (perfect for after-class drinks!). You have access to a kitchen area within the building and can use the fridges to store your own food. There is a canteen area downstairs in the building as well as gardens; you are free to use these areas during the breaks.

Please note that any food brought onto the premises may be consumed in the canteen or garden area only. Food cannot be consumed in the classroom spaces.

The space additionally provides private Wi-fi signal for high-speed service and allows for disabled access.

All seminars will be held in the Photography Studio and one of the afternoon breakout discussion group sessions will be held in the Meeting Room. The Photography Studio offers large north-facing windows and high ceilings, making it an airy and open space for the seminar delivery.


contact us

If you have any questions please contact Sandra Pereira, MSc, Postgraduate & Public Events Officer, British Psychotherapy Foundation, 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ Tel 020 8452 9823 Fax 020 8452 0310 E-mail: sandrap@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk

The bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society. The bpf values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.