intensive case supervisors professional development course

  • September 2018 - July 2019 (see exact dates under structure)
  • The Guild of Psychotherapists, Room 1A 47 Nelson Square, Blackfriars Road, London SE1 0QA

This course offers senior child and adolescent psychotherapists the chance to develop their skills and learning and become IPCAPA approved intensive case supervisors to our future trainees.

who is it for

Clinicians with a minimum of 5 years’ experience as child and adolescent psychotherapists, who should also have up to date knowledge of the NHS, are invited to apply to this course which leads to becoming one of our dedicated group of intensive case supervisors, on which we depend.

course content

IPCAPA is dedicated to the ongoing development of their trainee child psychotherapists who have a challenging 4 year clinical placement in an NHS setting within which they learn many aspects of becoming a child psychotherapist.  Together with their personal analysis and service supervision, the intensive case supervisor has the vital responsibility for facilitating their growth and learning throughout the four years and IPCAPA is committed to enabling our intensive case supervisors to develop in this crucial role.

The main aim of this course is for the participants to get more information and develop the skills and confidence to provide the learning from the intensive cases that trainees are required to undertake within their training.  Intensive case supervisors help trainees learn from an intensive case, supervising the trainee’s understanding of the clinical material, discussing the technical issues and making appropriate links to psychoanalytic theory.

Teresa Bailey, a senior and experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist, with many years in both the NHS and providing intensive case supervision.

leaning outcome

1. The role and the responsibilities of an ICS, Setting up IC supervision and the issues of reporting: to whom, when and how. Developing a setting in which a trainee feels able to share apparent mistakes, confusions and uncertainties. 

2. Setting up intensive psychotherapy with the child and parents and guiding the trainee in presenting the child’s internal world to the parents at reviews and to professionals in meetings.  Communication to those outside of the ICS relationship. 

3. Supporting the trainee with areas of conflict in a CAMHS team or with particular individuals over who holds clinical responsibility, over the parent work; conflicts with the training school; with parents and their impact on the child particularly when not adequately worked with.

4. Enabling self-awareness and the understanding of how the trainee’s personal circumstances may impact on the close relationship with their intensive patient. Introducing theory in ways the trainee can digest. Managing sexual identity, gender, disability and racial difference and the impact of different religion and cultures.  Picking out strengths and weaknesses, without overwhelming the trainee.

5. Help with writing brief summaries and the final clinical paper. Issues of endings with intensive patients and the CAMHS team’s view of the work ending. 

6. Consolidating the above.


Six seminars over 3 terms on Thursdays 7.00 - 8.00 pm


  • 27th September 2018
  • 15th November 2018
  • 17th Januray 2019
  • 14th March 2019
  • 16th May 2019
  • 18th July 2019

entry requirements

Child and adolescent psychotherapists with a minimum of 5 years’ experience who should also have up to date knowledge of the NHS.


£180 IPCAPA members

£250 Non IPCAPA child and adolescent psychotherapist

On offer of a place, you will be invited to register and pay via debit card through a secured payment page.

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.

how to apply

To reserve your place please email Edina Kernbaum, IPCAPA Training Coordinator:
Phone: 020 8438 2412
E-mail: [email protected]


Currently there are no resources available for this course.

access information

The building has limited access - please call us on 020 8452 9823 to discuss your needs.

contact us

For further information please email Edina Kernbaum, IPCAPA Training Coordinator:
Phone: 020 8438 2412
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.