Inter-cultural psychodynamic psychotherapy (D59I)

Develop the skills to work in a modern multi-cultural context in this qualifying psychodynamic psychotherapy course, validated by the British Psychoanalytic Council

Validated by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), this two-year qualifying course in psychodynamic psychotherapy has a particular focus on the study of intercultural issues, helping you to develop the skills necessary for working in a modern multi-cultural context.

Please note that we will gradually be phasing out the delivery of this training, as we introduce our new Psychodynamic psychotherapy (M58) course. Read more about this consolidation (FAQs).

The deadline for applications to this course is provisionally set for Sunday 30 June 2024. However, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and can be competitive.

About this course

This course offers a unique opportunity for you to develop your clinical psychoanalytic skills in the context of inter-cultural psychotherapy. It will provide you with the clinical experience and theoretical framework necessary for working therapeutically in the NHS. You will learn through theoretical seminars, clinical seminars, infant observation, assessment workshops, training cases and clinical supervision.

Theoretical seminars

Theory seminars will deepen and enrich your understanding of psychoanalytic theory with an emphasis on developing a theoretical framework to understand how issues of culture, race, gender and sexuality manifest in clinical work.

Clinical seminars

Clinical seminars involve presenting training cases and exploring theoretical, technical and practice issues in the context of intercultural clinical work.

Infant observation

You will observe an infant in a home setting for a minimum of three terms and make detailed recordings of your experience. These are discussed in weekly small group seminars to explore the conscious and unconscious meanings of the events observed. Infant observation takes place in the second year of training – there will be a seminar in the spring or summer term of the first year to help trainees prepare for this component of the training.

Clinical workshop

This workshop is an opportunity to consider theoretical issues relevant to the assessment, initial stages of therapy, the process of establishing therapy – working through and endings for individuals in time-limited psychotherapy, along with issues of clinical technique. You will hear presentations of cases from experienced staff and, if appropriate, you may have the opportunity to undertake a supervised assessment of your own.

Training cases

You will see two training cases once a week, one for 18 months and one for 12 months. Permission to see a second training patient must be given by the first training supervisor. Usually one of the training cases will be within the adult department of the Trust, however this depends on the circumstances of the student and the level of clinical need within the department.

You will have fortnightly individual supervision, during term time, for both of your training cases – this runs in parallel with supervision provided at the clinical placement. Course supervisors are all senior clinicians registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council.

This course is taught in a systematic and rigorous manner by experienced clinicians in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy field. You will benefit from integrated theoretical and clinical teaching which will prepare you for high standards in independent clinical practice.

If you are considering transferring to this course from another institution, please email for more information.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you have:

  • previous foundation-level training in psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • been actively working with patients under supervision for at least two years
  • an interest in intercultural work
  • a wish to develop your clinical work to the level of a qualified psychotherapist

Course details

In order to apply for this course you will need:

Personal suitability for the work is also an important factor that will be assessed at interview.


£6,930 per year (2024/25)


£13,860 per year (2024/25)

For more information about financing your studies and your fee status, please see our fees and funding area.

Please note that course fees are subject to an annual uplift of 3% or the Consumer Price Inflation as at 1 September, whichever is the greater. At its discretion, the Trust may determine a figure between these two rates.

We are happy to offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.


Twice-yearly progress reports are submitted by teaching staff on each module of the course. The assessment and progression board usually meets three times per year and decides on all matters relating to progression and qualification. Feedback will be given to student trainees and discussed at this meeting.


All day Tuesday.

Post-qualification trainees have gone on to set up their own private practice as a psychodynamic psychotherapist or gain positions in an NHS or third sector psychotherapy service.

Some have continued their ongoing development and training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst.

Why study with us?

This course is taught in a systematic and rigorous manner by experienced clinicians in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy field.

You will benefit from integrated theoretical and clinical teaching which will prepare you for high standards in independent clinical practice.


“This course has been a huge learning curve and I definitely feel better equipped for my future career.”
“I have really enjoyed the materials we’ve covered, particularly those on psychoanalytic ideas as they relate to social and political life and clinical work – they’ve been a revelation and have allowed me to give a bit more shape to some longstanding questions or uneasiness about both politics and psychoanalysis (and where they overlap).”
“The professional rigour and challenging nature of the course has made it enormously stimulating.”
“Very helpful and supportive supervision, although it can be challenging!”
“It has been an amazing journey for me. I feel deeply grateful to all the staff at the Tavi, even the teaching staff who I have hated at times for facing one with the truth. I feel I have learned a great deal from this training. [Even] the not so easy experiences in supervision, for instance, have helped me to become a more thoughtful and better prepared trainee and will help me to be a better professional in my future career as a psychotherapist.”

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Validations and accreditations

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This course is validated by the British Psychoanalytic Council.

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