jungian analytic training with BJAA
The BJAA (British Jungian Analytic Association) offers a long established and highly respected Jungian analytic professional training, which leads to a qualification for in-depth, intensive work with adults. The training is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council. Qualification leads to membership of the British Psychotherapy Foundation/BJAA, and of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), and to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) as a Jungian Analyst.
The BJAA training offer a Jungian developmental model encompassing a rich and diverse range of thinking that includes the study of Jung and post-Jungian ideas and the integration of these with psychoanalytic theories and ideas from other disciplines. The approach encourages questioning and critical evaluation of theory from historical, philosophical, social and political perspectives. The strong clinical emphasis is backed up by the requirement for an infant observation.
With this foundation, Jungian analysts are well equipped to develop a private practice or to apply the model to work in the NHS, higher education and the third sector.
Theory - The training in Jungian analysis, based on the work of Jung, and the post-Jungians and its integration with psychoanalytic ideas, provides a rich and challenging theoretical and clinical programme in which to develop the skills necessary to become a Jungian analyst.
Personal analysis - In order to be able to work in depth with the emotional life of individuals seeking analysis, it is essential that trainees undergo their own depth analysis. Engaging with the unconscious enables trainees to develop the capacity to better understand and reflect on their own states of mind, their shadow aspects, the tension of opposites within and to deepen their own personal development. This depth analysis lies at the heart of the training. It necessarily requires a commitment of time and a readiness for deep thoughtfulness.
Seeing training patients - Training in Jungian analysis involves seeing patients three times a week, usually on the couch. This frequency, together with the analytic setting, allows for a therapeutic relationship of substance and complexity to develop, in which both analyst and patient are deeply participating.
Seminars take place on Saturdays, and Tuesday evenings, with 3 additional Saturday mornings per year for special interest workshops. The length of training varies: four years would be the minimum.
The Jungian Analytic Training requires:
- Personal analysis with a BJAA approved Training Analyst, at a frequency of at least three times a week until qualified.
- Attending a four-year programme of theoretical seminars covering Jungian, post-Jungian, psychoanalytic and contemporary analytic theory delivered on 9 Saturdays per year. These are taken alongside trainees from the Jungian analytic training.
- Completing 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).
- Attending fortnightly clinical seminars led by a senior BJAA member.
- Attending regular reflective group meetings with trainees from both adult training routes.
- Attending Saturday morning workshops on special interest topics open to trainees from other Jungian analytic trainings.
- Jungian analytic work with two individuals seen 3 x weekly until qualification, for which weekly supervision is a requirement.
A New Approach to Theory
In 2022/3 the British Jungian Analytical Association is launching a new approach to teaching theory that encourages the understanding and constructive critique of the theory and practice of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis as first developed in the early part of the twentieth century, and theory as it continues to evolve and inform contemporary clinical practice. This includes acknowledging and engaging with the colonial, heteronormative and gender biased roots of traditional psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic thinking.
This new approach is consistent with the well established developmental Jungian approach in the BJAA training that puts Jung’s ideas at the heart of theoretical teaching while also drawing on psychoanalytic traditions to inform theory and practice.
The monthly theory seminars (9 Saturdays per year) have been designed so that trainees can engage with core and primary texts as well as current debates and the application of theory to clinical practice. The theory seminars are part of the core requirements for trainees on the new once weekly Jungian Psychotherapy training and are open to Jungian analytic trainees who wish to continue attending theory seminars while completing their fifth and subsequent years. They are also open to trainees on the Jungian pathway of the BPF Child and Adolescent training.
The course opens with introductory seminars giving the historical, philosophical, political and social context to the emergence of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology, as well as a brief introduction to Jung’s model of the psyche. In subsequent seminars over the course of four years theory covers:
Special interest seminars with trainees from other UK Jungian training institutions
There will be 3 Saturday morning seminars per year where one of the following four topics is covered each year – Ethics, Assessment, Psychiatry or Research. The other two workshop topics in each year will address contemporary debate. Held jointly with trainees from the Society of Analytical Psychology and the Association of Jungian Analysts, these seminars provide an opportunity to work alongside other London BPC Jungian trainees, in a creative learning environment.
Trainees attend five Clinical Seminars per term, on Tuesday evenings between 6.30-8.00pm. Led by a senior member of the BJAA, trainees present work to colleagues and participate in clinical discussions that develop and deepen competence. There is a strong focus on analytic attitude and clinical technique. These seminars enable trainees to share ideas and approaches and to develop the resources necessary for forthcoming analytic careers.
infant observation seminars
If trainees have not already undertaken a BJAA recognised two-year Infant Observation, they will be required to attend Infant Observation Seminars. This involves observing a baby within the family 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 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.
Trainees become immersed in intensive analytic work by treating two training patients for a minimum of three sessions per week, in accordance with the BPC Code of Ethics and Guidelines on Confidentiality. One training patient is seen 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 Low Fee Scheme.
Every six months trainees write a 2,000 word report about the work with each training patient describing the progress of the work. Report writing seminars are provided throughout the training to help with the development of writing skills.
Every week trainees meet individually with an experienced supervisor for each training patient. Supervision 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 supervisor so that both strengths and also areas needing further development can be identified and discussed.
Personal analysis with a BJAA approved Training Analyst is required for the duration of the training, at a frequency of at least three times a week until qualified, and for a minimum of one year before commencing the training.
Each trainee is assigned a Training Tutor whose role is to support him/her throughout the training.
reflective group meetings
Trainees from both routes of the BJAA adult trainings meet together regularly to reflect upon their experience of the training. These meetings are facilitated by a Group Analyst.
assessment during training
Each trainee’s development is supported and assessed by the Training and Post-Graduate Committee, as well as the trainees themselves. The membership competencies serve as guidelines for determining the qualities and capabilities expected in order to qualify.
The following written work is required. Writing workshops and seminars are available to support trainees where helpful
- 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 6/7,000 word clinical paper based on the work with one of their Training Patients. The paper should demonstrate a high level of integration of theory with clinical work, and report on the work of one training case The paper is considered by two readers/assessors who meet with the trainee to discuss it, conduct a viva, and who subsequently make a recommendation regarding qualification to the BJAA Training Committee.
qualification and membership
qualification and membership
On qualification, a newly qualified member will:
- become a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association of the bpf
- be registered as a Jungian Analyst 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 as a Jungian analyst is a stimulating and rewarding experience. Being ready to apply is an individual process with which we can offer help and advice once you have read the rest of the information on the website. The bpf usually offers an Open Day in March each year that can help with preparing and understanding what training entails.
Advice and support is available for potential applicants who would like to consider how to prepare to meet the following requirements:
- Academic Qualification: First degree level (in any subject) or equivalent.
- Relevant Work Experience: Experience of work in a setting where adult individuals present for help with emotional of mental health difficulties is an advantage but we welcome applications from those with a variety of backgrounds. Those with no prior experience in such settings will need to gain experience of at least a year in working one to one with adults on emotional difficulties either professionally or on a volunteer basis before applying. The Foundation Course is designed to help with gaining this experience.
- Psychiatric Placement: Engagement with the experiences of psychiatric patients and the treatments offered in UK psychiatric services is an essential part of the training. For applicants who do not have prior psychiatric experience a six-month placement will need to be undertaken in the first year of training.
- Personal Analysis: You will need to have been in analysis 3 times weekly with a BJAA approved training analyst for at least one year before commencing the training. Personal analysis continues until qualification.
- Aptitude: You will need to show a potential to think and work analytically as outlined in this Entry Level Competencies guide
- Finance: You will need to have a way of financing your training. The section on cost outlines what you can expect.
- Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check (previously known as CRB): This is essential for working with vulnerable people
A fee of £170 is payable on making an application for the training.
Currently the annual fee for the BJAA training is £2,500 p.a. for the first four years of training. In the event that the clinical component has not been completed in this time the fees are reduced to £1,200 p.a. until completion.
The trainee’s fees for their own personal analysis are negotiated with the training analyst on an individual basis. Similarly, when beginning to see training patients the cost of supervision will be discussed with each training supervisor. Trainees will need to provide an appropriate setting to see training patients which may involve room rental costs.
The bpf runs Infant Observations seminars that cost £1,500 p.a, plus £170 to cover 2 interviews. A trainee who has already been accepted on a BJAA training would require one interview. A trainee can also elect to complete the Infant Observation component of the course with an external course provider, the fee for which would be negotiated separately.
Trainee membership of the bpf is currently £135 per annum. This includes a subscription to PepWEB and eligibility to attend all bpf scientific events, including the monthly events put on by the Jung Forum.
We aim to keep fees as low as possible but ask trainees to expect a small increase each year. Advance notice of increases in fees is given and in cases of hardship or difficulty there is a bpf loan fund that can be accessed.
how to apply
We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in training, whatever their background, and whatever stage of interest.
We recommend a conversation with the Training Advisor and Selection Coordinator in the first instance.
When you are ready to apply, 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 one to one interviews with senior BJAA analysts, after which the BJAA Selection Committee will make a decision.
About Jung – Marilyn Mathew’s very readable description of Jung the man
Jungian Terms Explained – Helen Morgan and Christopher McKenna’s clear glossary of some Jungian terms
Jung's Influences – Ann Casement’s article explores the philosophical, religious and scientific influences in Jung’s psychology
Pre-course reading list
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You are most welcome to contact us to discuss any matters relating to the training, or to arrange an informal conversation, or to ask for the support of a mentor. We can help you find an appropriate training analyst so you can begin personal therapy, suggest ways to gain relevant work experience and point you to towards courses that will help you to prepare, such as Psychotherapy Today, Clinical Analytic Skills Course and Infant Observation seminars.
For advice on training contact the Training Advisor and Selection Co-ordinator, Jane Johnson
Email: [email protected]
The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.