Introductory Webinar – Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

December 6th, 2023 from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Online. Free. The Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a course for those who wish to apply for once weekly clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This is an introductory webinar for anyone who is interested in studying with course leader Sheelagh Lippell.


December 6th, 2023 from  5:30 PM to  6:30 PM. Online. Free.

The Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is a course for those who wish to apply for once weekly clinical training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. It has 2 clinical phases:

i. A voluntary placement in the Foundation Year followed by a psychotherapy placement (ie. the NHS or other organisational setting) in Year 2 (both supported by our Clinical Placement Tutor Danielle Lloyd Edwards)

ii. At least two training patients in Years 3 and 4 sourced by our Director of Clinical Services (Angela Marsh) leading onto once-weekly clinical practice.

Teaching Seminars: All year groups have theory and clinical seminars. All year groups are in personal therapy with a BPC registered psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic psychotherapist.

Foundation Year: Theory seminars are on a Saturday once a month together with fortnightly taught clinical seminars.

Year 2: theory and clinical seminars are on a Monday afternoon (at present) together with clinical supervision and placement work outside the teaching days.

Years 3: Teaching days on a Friday morning (at present). Trainees will take training patients into private practice but can also see their training patients in a placement if they prefer.

Year 4: As above. Teaching days on a Friday afternoon (at present).

Entry Requirements for Year 1/Foundation Year

· prior psychodynamic counselling/therapy course to certificate level (normally a Higher Education Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling or equivalent)

· and/or relevant professional experience (e.g. nursing, social work, teaching)

· first degree or other evidence of academic ability

· counselling or counselling-related experience in professional or voluntary capacity

· emotional resilience and capacity for self-reflection


Direct Entry into Year 2

The lead-in to Year 2 of the pd training is from The BPF Foundation Course (Director of Foundation Course: Urvashi Chand).

A Diploma or Certificate from another psychodynamic or psychoanalytic training will not necessarily guarantee direct entry into Year 2 of the PD Training (known as The Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy). What we need to know are the answers to the following questions:

· Was the training psychodynamic/psychanalytic/Jungian analytic in nature?

· Was there a taught component for clinical seminars?

· Was there an observational component and/or work discussion group seminars?

· Did you attend a placement and/or see patients under supervision?

· Was this a psychotherapy placement (NHS, or other organisational setting)?

· Did you accrue clinical hours?

· Do you have clinical supervisors’ reports?

Years 2-4: Course Fees 24-25 £6850 per annum (including supervision).

We are hoping to be able to offer training burseries at entry level to the course (Foundation Year) and also to enable our trainees to apply for student loans in due course.


Sheelagh Lippell : Director of Psychodynamic Training 

Brief Biography  

Dr. Sheelagh Lippell is The Director of Psychodynamic Training (formally known as The Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy).  Sheelagh is a psychodynamic psychotherapist and educational psychologist who has worked within a range of academic institutions as programme director, senior lecturer, clinical seminar leader and research supervisor for clinical and pre-clinical postgraduate training programmes in psychotherapy.  She has a Doctorate in Educational Psychology, an MSc in Child Development and an MSc in Psychological Therapies (University of Exeter).   

Sheelagh is keen to promote a psychotherapy profession in the UK that is accessible, interdisciplinary, collaborative, interrogative and research-informed.  She hopes to be able to make a real contribution toward the professional lives of future BPF members through a training programme which has at its heart a balance between the traditional values of psychoanalytic thinking and practice and its more contemporary forms.