We believe that the rich body of knowledge contained in the psychoanalytic and Jungian traditions, when combined with scientific advances in our understanding of the human mind and development, provides the most rigorous possible basis for psychotherapy. It also provides a powerful and distinctive perspective on many issues that we face: questions of mental wellbeing, health and social policy, issues around sexuality and gender, how we make sense of contemporary media and culture are just some examples.
Our overarching aim then is to make the benefits of this type of therapy available to as many people who need it as possible, as well as to acquaint as many people as possible with this extraordinary body of ideas. We believe that in pursuing this goal we can help change people’s lives for the better.
Our ambitions revolve around four themes:
At the heart of the organisation is a commitment to excellence – the highest standards of clinical practice. This is central to our clinical training programmes which are intensive and demanding, equipping people to become the very best psychotherapists. Our professional development activity, including supervision activity, is designed to ensure that those standards are maintained throughout people’s careers.
Members of the public can feel assured that by choosing one of our members as a therapist they are getting the highest levels of professional help.
Our Clinical Service is at the forefront of making high quality psychotherapy available to those who need it. This includes our Low Fee Service whereby people can access intensive psychotherapy for very low fees. We are currently looking at ways we can significantly expand our service and widen access even further.
We are also keen to make training in psychotherapy more accessible to those who may wish to become psychotherapists. We are running a Psychotherapy Today introductory course that will enable people to familiarise themselves with some basic concepts and decide whether more intensive training is for them.
We are committed to making our training programmes and our organisation as a whole more reflective of the diverse demography of the UK.
The insights derived from the psychoanalytic and Jungian traditions can make a huge contribution to many issues within mental health, but also more generally within questions of health, social care and social policy. Our programme of short courses and events aims to engage fellow professionals, policy makers, opinion formers and members of the public with psychoanalytically-informed thinking around a range of issues.
Our members work within the NHS, the voluntary sector and a wide range of agencies and organisations within health and social care and are engaged in the debates that surround policy matters that will affect present and future services in these areas.
Psychoanalytic insights can also help inform and question broader public attitudes on key social issues, as well as questions of culture. The bpf engages with writers and artists in various media to help us understand the different ways in which meaning is produced.
We are training the next generation of psychotherapists. But we also need to work to help psychotherapists at the start of their career face the challenges within a tough working environment whether they choose to work in the public, the voluntary of the private sector.
We will also work to ensure that our events programme deals with the range of contemporary issues that people face. We are also making sure that we take full advantage of all the technological platforms that can make teaching and learning, and engaging with the public more accessible wherever they live.