jungian analytic training with BJAA

  • deadline for applications: annually, on 28th February
  • 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ

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).

The BJAA training integrates a developmental model with contemporary theory and the writings of Jung. There is a strong clinical emphasis backed up by the requirement of an infant observation. The curriculum focuses on Jungian and post-Jungian theory, whilst embracing a rich and diverse curriculum of other leading psychoanalytic thinkers, and examining their relationship to Jungian theory.

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.  

course content

The training in Jungian analysis, based on the work of Jung, and the post-Jungians but also reading widely across psychoanalytic texts, provides a rich and challenging theoretical and clinical programme in which to develop the skills necessary to become a Jungian analyst.

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 analysis lies at the heart of the training. It necessarily requires a commitment of time and a readiness for deep thoughtfulness.

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.

It is an internationally recognized standard of analytic work that is also practically manageable in terms of time, money and the other demands of contemporary life. Qualification enables analysts to work also at lesser frequencies, such as once or twice a week.

Working in this creative way, underpinned by theory and experience, can provide a meaningful and rewarding experience for both patient and analyst alike.


Seminars take place on Tuesday evenings and on one Saturday morning each term. The length of training varies – four years would be the minimum.

The Jungian Analytic Training Programme includes:

  • Four years of theoretical seminars covering Jungian, post-Jungian, psychoanalytic and contemporary analytic theory.
  • ​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).
  • Fortnightly clinical seminars led by a senior BJAA member.
  • Four reflective group meetings a year on a Tuesday evening 8.30-10.00pm.
  • Termly meetings with a training adviser, and an annual meeting between trainees and the training committee.

Jungian analytic work with two individuals seen 3 x weekly until qualification, for which weekly supervision is a requirement.

theoretical seminars

Jung's concepts of the Self and Individuation are at the core of the theory seminars and these concepts are integrated into each year and linked to each specific topic. Developmental Jungian and Psychoanalytic theories are threaded through the theory seminars and recommended reading includes contemporary texts.

The weekly theory seminars, on Tuesdays from 8.30pm to 10pm, have been designed so that new trainees can join the four year cycle at the beginning of each year. All trainees will therefore be taught together and will be at different levels in their theoretical and clinical knowledge and experience. The seminars are open to trainees on the Jungian pathway of the Child and Adolescent training and year 5+ trainees also.

year A: early development
  • Early years of development: comparison of approaches, Freud, Jung and Klein
  • Container/contained – Bion & Winnicott
  • Archetypes and attachment theory
  • Early Psychic States: emergent self and its defences
  • Defences of the self – core complex and schizoid compromise
  • Regression in analysis
  • Body/mind relationship
  • Eating disorders
  • Neuroscience
year B: separating out
  • Individuation – classical foundations and developmental considerations
  • The third/oedipal complex in the child and adolescent
  • Boundary issues – acting out/enactment and negative therapeutic reactions
  • Self-destruction and suicide
  • Narcissm
  • Borderline States
  • Depression
  • Complex patients: perversion, trauma, addictions, addictive states
  • Modes of defence and their manifestations in therapy
  • Psychotic States
  • Numinosity & Spirituality
year C: otherness
  • Typology
  • Anima/animus
  • Erotic transference
  • Shadow
  • Gender
  • Race
  • Sexual Diversity
  • Rosarium
  • Coniunctio
  • Eros & Psyche
year D: self and meaning
  • The Self
  • Defences and disturbances of the Self
  • Projective identification, transference /countertrans-ference and participation mystique
  • Transcendent Function
  • Synchronicity and the psychoid
  • Symbols and Dreams
  • Active imagination, myths and fairytales
  • Playing, creativity and imagination
  • Sexual States of Mind
  • Patient/analyst relationship
BJAA/SAP Saturday Workshops

There is one Saturday workshop each term. One of the following four topics will be 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 SAP and AJA, these workshops provide an opportunity to work alongside other London BPC Jungian trainees, in a creative learning environment

clinical seminars

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 attend Infant Observation Seminars. They observe a baby in the context of his/her family and 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.

training patients

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 treated 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 treatment. 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.

support during training

personal analysis

Personal analysis with a BJAA approved Training Analyst, at a frequency of at least three times a week until qualified, and for a minimum of one year before commencing the training.

training adviser

Each trainee is assigned a Training Adviser whose role is to support him/her throughout the training. The Training Adviser is a member of the Training Committee and is the main link between the Training Committee and the trainee. The Training Adviser relays feedback between seminar leaders, training supervisors and trainees, coordinating meetings and making any necessary interventions.

reflective group meetings

Trainees meet together at the start of the academic year and at the end of each term to reflect upon their experience of the training. These meetings are facilitated by a Group Analyst.

assessment during training

Each trainee’s development is continuously assessed by the seminar leaders, supervisors and the Training 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

On qualification, a newly qualified member will:

  • become a member of the British Jungian Analytic Association of the bpf
  • be registered 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.

entry requirements

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.

In order to apply you will need a first degree and/or relevant professional experience. Aptitude for this work is essential, so we will also consider applicants who show a level of engagement with work in this field.

You will need to have been in therapy 3 x weekly with a BJAA approved training analyst for at least one year before commencing the training. Personal analysis continues until qualification.

Advice and support is available for potential applicants who would like to consider how to prepare to meet the following requirements:

  1. Academic Qualification: To first degree level or equivalent.
  2. Relevant Work Experience: Experience of work in a mental health setting is an advantage but we welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds.
  3. Psychiatric Placement: Experience of working with psychiatric patients is essential so if applicants do not have this, a six-month placement will need to be undertaken or in place before the training starts.
  4. Clinical Experience: Experience of working one-to-one with adults in a paid or honorary capacity is required. The usual requirement is for at least 2 patients to have been seen, and at least one for a minimum period of one year, by the start of training, or during the first year of training.
  5. Personal Analysis: with a BJAA approved training analyst as above.
  6. Aptitude: You will need to show a potential to think and work analytically.
  7. Finance: You will need to have a way of financing your training. Although see also the section on costs of training.
  8. Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check (previously known as CRB): This is essential for working with vulnerable people.


Currently the annual fee for the BJAA training is £2,500 p.a. for the first four years of training. When the theoretical programme has been completed, the fees are reduced to £1,200 p.a. while clinical work is completed. A minimum of £1,500 p.a. for Infant Observation. The fee for the Infant Observation component (when undertaken as part of the training) is £325 per term, with a £60 fee payable for a meeting to discuss and arrange this component. 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.

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

Payment for the trainee’s personal therapy and individual supervision is negotiated individually with the therapist and supervisors.

Fees for the Group Relations Conference, a recommended but not compulsory component of the programme, are currently just below £400.

how to apply

We recommend a conversation with the 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 (see 'contact us' for contact details). If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to come to two separate 1:1 interviews with senior BJAA analysts, after which the BJAA Selection Committee will make a decision.

download application form


 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

Jung and Racism – Helen Morgan and Jane Johnson’s review of the racism in Jung’s writing and its implications for Jungian theory, and the development of post-Jungian thought and recent BJAA work in this area.

access information

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

contact us

You are most welcome to contact us to discuss any matters relating to the training, or to arrange an informal interview, 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 possible psychotherapy or psychiatric placements where you can gain clinical experience and point you to towards courses that will help you to prepare, such as Infant Observation seminars.

For advice on training contact Jane Johnson
Email: bjaatrainingadvisor@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk

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.