Clinical Analytical Skills Course

  • May 2022- Dec 2023
  • Zoom or at local BPF Tutor's consulting room including London NW2, or the bpf premises : 37 Mapesbury Road, London, NW2 4HJ

The new Clinical Analytic Skills Course (CASC) is specifically designed for those who may have attended or are about to attend a theoretical introductory course but do not have any/much clinical experience. The CASC supports the student to set up and start a placement.  As such it is a vital first step in the training path to become a professional Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist or Jungian Analyst.

In small, supportive groups this course will enhance personal development, enable your understanding and help you to apply psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic skills.

The Course will also be relevant if you want to learn to apply analytic skills in other therapeutic, professional or helping roles and to improve your professional and personal relationships as part of your own development.

The Course is on track to be Accredited by the BPC and will be able to be counted towards the credits required for Professional Practice as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

who is it for

For anyone who is curious and would like structured support and training in developing Analytic Skills to work clinically on a one to one basis with another person.  We would like to encourage applications across the social spectrum and aim to be accessible and inclusive. 

Applicants do not need to be in therapy unless they want to go on to apply for a BPF Psychotherapy Training so the course is particularly accessible. Applicants may decide during the course of CASC to start personal psychotherapy.

CASC is also for those who want to learn analytic skills in other therapeutic, professional or helping roles and those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of their own development.

CASC provides attainment of clinical skills, confidence, competencies and experience in a supportive,  enquiring and reflective environment with BPF Tutors in their consulting room or home in small groups of up to 8 people meeting weekly for 3 hours per week for 30 weeks/three terms.

Applicants will need to seek out and find clinical placements early on in the course to commence these placements part way through the course. DBS checks/application procedures/interviews can take months to process.

outline of the course

What is involved? Each 3 hour weekly meeting may consist of  experiential exercises with discussion, Group facilitated Work Discussion,  assigned reading of a paper which will be set in relation to specific themes in the analytic process and analytic attitude and research – followed by discussion.  The  taught component will  include the use of  video material; Skills practice via role play; and Group facilitated work and discussion. 

How? Subject to interview, the course will be held

What is involved? Each 3 hour weekly meeting may consist of  experiential exercises with discussion, Group facilitated Work Discussion,  assigned reading of a paper which will be set in relation to specific themes in the analytic process and analytic attitude and research – followed by discussion.  The  taught component will  include the use of  video material; Skills practice via role play; and Group facilitated work and discussion. 

How? Subject to interview, the course will be held on a Tuesday (time to be confirmed) and possibly another day and time by arrangement. We may also start an evening CASC course if there are enough numbers + via Zoom on Tuesdays and if in another lockdown both/all courses will be accessed via Zoom.

  • Experiential exercises with discussion
  • Group facilitated work discussion
  • Skills practice via role play and other observational exercises
  • Video material in various formats with debrief or discussion
  • Theoretical discussion based on themed reading each week
  • Exploration of different theoretical orientations
  • Ongoing discussion of the analytic process and analytic attitude
  • Discussion of research and relevance to contemporary issues
  • An optional piece of written work which can contribute towards Accreditation

structure & accreditation

  • Weekly 3 hour Groups of up to 9 Students per group with an experienced tutor
  • 3 x 10 week terms enabling accumulation of a minimum of 90+  hours towards accreditation with the BPC
  • Individual mentoring, when required, will be given by tutors

Many professional Therapy and Counselling Trainings require sufficient hours of teaching and training and experience and CASC can provide you with in excess of 90 creditable Teaching hours/Credits  towards professional Counselling or Psychotherapy Training. As a new course CASC will be accredited towards the end of the first year and it is expected that Accreditable hours/credits will be provided to students  retrospectively. The Accrediting body will be the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and may be by other professional registration bodies too.


Depending upon what sort of professional Psychodynamic or Analytic Training you decide to follow, CASC can give you an introductory year (of 90 hours + out of a required minimum of 360 hours taught hours - i.e. 4 years - of 90 taught hours altogether) with clinical skills training to develop your understanding and  confidence in applying the thinking. This counts towards professional qualification in psychotherapy or counselling via the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) and other bodies.  Because CASC is a new course starting in January 2022 it will only be eligible to be awarded accreditation following assessment towards the end of the first course.

entry requirements

Open to those who do not have any or much clinical experience. Students will also need a Psychotherapy Theory Course too in background or in parallel e.g. Psychotherapy Today or BPF MSc or other theoretical pre-training introductory course or possibly extensive reading. 

Some prior knowledge of the Psychoanalytic or Jungian field in a formal sense, eg:

  • You may be undertaking a BPF pre-clinical course such as Psychotherapy Today or the Birkbeck MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development
  • Alternatively you may have attended another course which covers similar psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and/or Jungian theoretical areas.
  • In some cases you may have other relevant experience, for example being in therapy, or a long-term personal interest, which can be taken into account.



Early bird rate of £1390 ends on  the 31st March 2022

Full Rate  after this date £1700 if only taking CASC

Two BPF Courses concessionary preferential Rate £1350 if taking another pre-training course like Psychotherapy Today or the Birkbeck MSc concurrently or if having finished one of these within three years of the start date of CASC.  

how to apply

Registration end date:  1st Intake: 31st August 2022 (in 2023 there may be two intake dates)

To apply for this course, please download and complete the application form

CASC- Application Form 2022_6.docx

Email it to Frances Gillies (Course leader) at [email protected]

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


Currently there are no resources available for this course.

frequently asked questions


1) Do I need to be in therapy myself?

            You don’t, but you may find that this is something you will want to explore during the year.  We can help you with that.

2) How can I know if I have enough training or experience to do this course? 

            We aim to try and be as accessible as possible.  If we feel you need some further experience we will discuss this with you in the interview, and help you with some ideas.

3) Are there jobs for people who have completed this course? 

            You will not be qualified to practice as a psychotherapist, however you will be able to apply the skills that you learn either in a caring role, in your current professional life, or as a volunteer counsellor.

4) What is the difference between Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic and Jungian therapies? Does this matter? 

            CASC is designed to start you off on your exploration of this question; it is psychoanalytically informed - this means that it draws from the whole range of psychoanalytic and Jungian teaching. You will learn more about the differences as you go through the year and get a chance to explore which orientation feels right for you. By the end of the year we aim for you to feel more confident about which therapy and training you would like to pursue.

5) How do I get a placement? 

When you have already learned and practised some clinical analytic skills, you will need a clinical placement to start by your second term, to gain some clinical experience in short term counselling or befriending so as to have some face to face work to confidentially bring to the group.

However,  it can take a while to set these up, so you might want to start thinking about organisations that offer short-term counselling or befriending before you start. At the start of the course we will also spend time in the group considering how to approach placements. Below is a list of suggestions for when you start your search.  It is by no means exhaustive, but will give you some ideas for the sort of work you would like to do. Bear in mind that you will need to have agreement from the organisation to confidentially discuss your work with clients in your CASC Tutor Group.

Some organisations that offer this include the Samaritans, Victim Support, Mind or Cruse - and many other charities offering supportive work.

Any role where you will work face-to-face with clients at:

·          Women’s shelter

·          Refugee support service

·          Counselling charities who work with bereavement (e.g. Cruise) trauma, armed forces,

·          students, terminal illness etc.

·          Homelessness shelter e.g. St Mungo’s

·          Charity services for sufferers of mental ill-health

·          Supported accommodation for people with mental or physical support needs

·          Working with the elderly and dementia sufferers

·          Face-to-face Samaritans (work done over the phone is not enough)

·          Work for a similar charity such as (although they do not allow confidential clinical review outside of their service)

·          Befriending with a mental health charity, such as Mind


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: [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.