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Jungian Analytic Modified Entry Scheme

Winner of Diversity in Training Award 2023 (BPC)

Training Location: London. In-person study days with some online seminars. Part-time course.

The BJAA (British Jungian Analytic Association) offers a long established and highly respected Jungian analytic professional training, which leads to a qualification as a Jungian Analyst, ready for in-depth, intensive work with adults. This Jungian Analysis Modified Entry Scheme is an individually tailored programme of additional training for BPC and non-BPC psychotherapists, Psychodynamic Counsellors, Arts Therapists, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Couples Psychotherapists, Group Analysts and Humanistic Psychotherapists. In joining the MES, you will further develop your capacity to work analytically.

The BJAA training offers 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.  

Successful completion of the course leads on qualification to Membership of the British Jungian Analytic Association (BJAA) of the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf) and registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP).

Application deadline is April 21st annually.

Course starts in September annually.

  • Clinical work with two patients 3 x weekly under supervision for 2 years and 18 months respectively
  • Personal analysis with a BJAA approved Training Analyst starting one year before joining the MES. For those who have already had a substantial analysis, lesser requirements may apply
  • Weekly clinical seminars
  • A minimum requirement is completion of the Platform Year in the four year Theory Programme. The requirement for attending further theory seminars will be part of the assessment process. All MES trainees can have access to the full four year programme and may choose to attend additional years during training or post-qualification
  • Infant Observation – Where a two-year Infant Observation has already been completed and approved by the BJAA, the requirement may be for a reflective paper
  • Support for each trainee by a Training Tutor
  • 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.  

Seminars take place on Saturdays, and Tuesday evenings, with four additional Saturday mornings per year for special interest workshops. The length of training varies: three years would be the minimum.

  • Theoretical seminars

A New Approach to Theory

In 2022/3 the British Jungian Analytical Association launched 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 four-year programme is delivered on nine Saturdays each year. A Platform Year is run every year for those beginning their training. This begins with introductory seminars giving historical, philosophical, political and social context to the emergence of psychoanalysis and analytical psychology, as well as a brief overview Jung’s model of the psyche. The remaining three years are a rolling programme.

The theory programme has 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 seminars are also attended by trainees on the Jungian Psychotherapy training and trainees on the Jungian pathway of the BPF Child and Adolescent training.

Theory Seminar Programme for Analytic and Psychotherapy Trainings

The four-year programme is delivered on nine Saturdays each year. The Platform Year is run every year for those beginning their training. The remaining three years are a rolling programme.

Platform Year: What is ‘psyche’ in analytic thought: being a body and having a mind

This year begins with a broad introduction to Jung’s model of the psyche and a framework for criti- cal evaluation of key concepts. Psychoanalytic thinking is introduced by tracing the development of the psyche in psychoanalysis from individual intrapersonal models to inter-relational models and more recent ideas about what emerges when two minds meet. Jung’s concept of the objective psy- che in and beyond the individual, an understanding of the mind-brain system as a bridge between neural and psychological processes, and analytic theories on the body-mind relationship deepen understanding of the notion of ‘psyche’.

1.Analytical psychology in historical and philosophical context

2.Structure and dynamics of the psyche in Jung

3.Analytical psychology in social and political Contexts

4.Intrapsychic perspectives: Freud, Jung, Klein

5.Inter-personal perspectives: Bion, Winnicott, Jung

6.Relational and social-constructivist perspectives: Mitchell Benjamin, Stack Sullivan,

7.The objective psyche: archetypes and the collective unconscious

8.Neuroscience and attachment theory (inc. Solms, Panksepp, Damasio, Shore)

9.Body-mind relationship: the bodily mind and the body-mind conflict

What am I saying when I say ‘I am’: the creative self. 2023/4

This year we explore analytic theories about the development of the personality as this leads to the emergence and creation of a sense of self. We will see how Jung and major psychoanalytic thinkers account for this creative function of the psyche and how, in different ways, they all place at the centre of this process the capacity for symbolisation, fantasy, imagination, and the ability to man- age tension and tolerate uncertainty.

1.Development of the psyche in Freud and Klein

2.Development of the psyche in Winnicott

3.Beyond Object Relations: development of the psyche from Bion to Fordham

4.The relations between the I and the unconscious

5.The integration of the personality – shadow, anima/animus and the conjunction ofopposites

6.The transcendent function and symbolic capacity

7.Psychological types and their relation to individuation

8.Alchemical metaphor and its relation to individuation

9.Analytic field / analytic third

The mind that ails, the work that heals. 2024/5

In this year we focus on questions about how psychological difficulties have been thought about

analytically and how analytic practice has evolved in response to what patients present. We aim to

trace the development in analytic thinking about what goes wrong with the mind, looking at con- cepts such as psychosis, depression and anxiety – and the defences against them. The increasingly complex difficulties presenting for treatment have required corresponding developments of ana- lytic practice, which we shall trace. Recent advances in thinking about and treating complexity will be considered.

1.Analytic explanations of pathology and the capacity for change (inc. neurosis, psychosis, depression, narcissism, transgenerational influences)

2.Modes of defences and their manifestations in therapy (inc. core complex)

3.Complex patients: personality disorders, addiction, trauma, ‘perversion’

4.Jung as a clinician

5.Analytic attitude / analytic third/field

6.Analytic approaches: transference and counter-transference

7.Analytic approaches: active imagination / amplification (inc. fairy tales, myth)/ constructive method

8.Analytic approaches: dreams, interpretation, narrative linking

9.Analyst/patient relationship and analytic aims: affect regulation, capacity for symbolisation and mentalisation, a sense of self agency, construction of new sense of self

Illness as metaphor: the ‘I’ in the world. 2025/6

Our intention throughout the whole training is to acknowledge and address the fact that the con- sulting room is not a sealed space but is located within a social and political context. The aim of this year is to deepen an understanding of aspects of that context within which analytic work takes place. Through consideration of processes in the cultural collective – both conscious and uncon- scious – the aim is to gain further insight into how societal dynamics such as those relating to race, class, gender and sexuality impact on our work as clinicians.

1.Madness and civilization: The idea of health and illness in cultural context

2.Otherness and relations of power


4.Gender, Sexuality and Relationship diversity, Queer perspectives

5.Religion and spirituality (inc. Jung’s Red Book)

6.Cultural unconscious/ cultural complex and its manifestations

7.Society and the individual (including groups)

8.Ethical implications of individuation: relations between the individual + the collec- tive

9.The linguistic turn in psychoanalysis OR psychoanalysis as a science

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. Additionally, every year one creative workshop is provided in-house, usually on one of the early July Saturdays (e.g. sandplay work, working with sound/music in the consulting room, etc.).

Clinical seminars

Trainees attend ten Clinical Seminars per term, on Tuesday evenings between 6.30-8.00 pm. 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 over two years. 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.

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 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 where necessary 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.

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.

Personal analysis

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. Where a substantial analysis has already been undertaken it may not be necessary to undertake a further analysis. This will be part of the overall assessment process and recommendations made by the assessors to the Training and Postgraduate Committee who will make a decision.

Training tutor

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 after each training day to reflect upon their experience of the day. 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

  • After a minimum of 4 months’ observation and if the trainee is ready to take a first training patient, the Training and Postgraduate Committee contact the IO seminar leader to assess the quality of the observations and written observations brought to the seminars.
  • Final Infant Observation paper – At the end of the observation a final 7,000 word paper is completed
  • Six monthly 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.

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.

  • To have completed a substantial programme of accredited study (including personal therapy or analysis) to qualify as a Psychotherapist, Psychodynamic Counsellor, Arts Therapist, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Couples Psychotherapist, Group Analyst or Humanistic Psychotherapist.
  • To have two years of clinical experience post qualification.
  • To have a keen curiosity about Jungian thinking and theory.

A fee of £170 is payable on making an application for the training.

The BJAA Modified Entry Scheme (MES) is an individually tailored programme of additional training for BPC and non-BPC Psychotherapists, Psychodynamic Counsellors, Arts Therapists, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapists, Couples Psychotherapists, Group Analysts and Humanistic Psychotherapists.

The first part of the MES BJAA training costs £4120, which is paid once, and contains a theory curriculum. After completing this, the fees are reduced to £1936 p/a whilst completing the clinical component.

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 observation seminars that cost £1605 p.a. Infant Observation seminars run for 2 years. Where an Infant Observation has already been completed and approved by the BJAA, the requirement will be for a reflective paper.

There is an additional cost of £170 (as above) 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 £144.45 per annum. This includes a subscription to PepWEB and eligibility to attend all bpf events, including the monthly events put on by the Jung Forum.

We aim to keep fees as low as possible.

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

Entry Level Competencies Guide

Pre-course reading list

Attend our Virtual Open Day to watch a presentation about this course.

What’s it like to be a psychotherapist? Psychoanalytic psychotherapist (youtube.com)

What’s it like to be a psychotherapist? Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (youtube.com)

What’s it like to be a psychotherapist? Jungian Analyst (youtube.com)

Why become a psychotherapist? (part I)

Why become a psychotherapist? (part II)

The building has limited access. Please contact the Training Co-ordinator to discuss your needs.

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. The Selection Coordinator’s email is: [email protected]

General questions can also be directed to: [email protected].

When you are ready to apply, please download, complete and submit the BJAA application form to: [email protected] by the closing date— 21st April 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.

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.

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