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IPSS - Institute of Psychotherapy & Social Studies UKCP Accreditation, IPSS Membership, CPD Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy within Contemporary Cultures, Languages and Social Identities

Guidelines on Previous Training

1. A postgraduate course with a completed academic element (including essays)
The course should not have been less than 250 hours of formal teaching time (or 500 hours, if tutorials, supervisions, groupwork, and any infant observations are also counted);
Over three or four years (any ‘introductory’ year is not counted);
Main psychoanalytic theories and methods have formed the major part of the teaching;
This is roughly equivalent to a part-time MA/MSc.

2. Infant development
Training in infant development and/or baby observation.

3. Knowledge of and experience of serious mental disorders
This could include a psychiatric placement.

4. Clinical seminars
Demonstrating the use of supervision to inform clinical practice.

5. Assessments
Proven ability to make assessments
If the completed postgraduate training was in psychodynamic counselling, integrative psychotherapy, music or art therapy, then the applicant will need (by way of equivalence) to demonstrate sufficient post qualification CPD study across the theoretical field of individual adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy before being considered for accreditation.


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