Psychodynamic psychotherapy for child and adolescent psychiatrists (M14)

The UK’s only British Psychoanalytic Council approved training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children

This is the UK’s only British Psychoanalytic Council-approved training in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children that has been specifically tailored to the needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists.

Please note: you may see the M14 course also referred to as PCTCTP006 in communications from our application system.

About this course

This course is bespoke in the way that it is developed and delivered. It includes the following elements:

  • lectures and seminars in child development and psychoanalytic theory
  • infant observation
  • supervised twice weekly clinical cases with a child and an adolescent and also parent work
  • twice weekly personal therapy

Psychoanalytic theory

You will be introduced to core psychoanalytic concepts via lectures, seminars and seminal texts drawn primarily from S. Freud, M. Klein and D. Winnicott.  Please note that this module is delivered over two years.

Child development research

Over this one year module, you will explore attachment theory, neurobiology, developmental psychology and anthropology.

Infant observation

You will observe an infant or young child for one hour once a week for at least one year and attend a weekly seminar to discuss your observations.

Clinical supervision

You will be supervised on two twice-weekly psychotherapy cases with children at different developmental stages and one long-term psychotherapy with a parent and one other optional psychotherapeutic experience, for example family, group therapy, organisational consultation, according to your own interests.

Clinical work can be undertaken at the Tavistock Clinic on an honorary contract or in the setting where you work.

Please note: clinical work and supervision will need to be organised by the student at times convenient to the others involved.

Personal therapy

You will undertake personal therapy at least twice a week for as long as clinical work continues.

Qualification

You will need to submit and pass a 10,000 word qualifying paper, combining a description of one of your cases with relevant theory. You will then be eligible for inclusion on the register of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you work in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, as a psychiatrist in a salaried specialty (ST4-6) training post, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist or as an associate or staff grade.

Clinical work can be undertaken at the Tavistock Clinic on an honorary contract or in the setting where you work.

Course details

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • are a psychiatrist in a salaried specialty (ST4-6) training post, a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist, or an associate or staff grade
  • have a minimum of a core qualification in psychiatry
  • have some experience with children, adolescents and their parents

Previous recognised experience will be accepted and will not need to be repeated and the requirements will be assessed by our application form and interview.

Home

£ 1,050 per module

International

£ 2,100 per module

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 a 3% or CPI uplift each year, whichever is greater.

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

Assessment

You will need to submit and pass a 10,000 word qualifying paper, combining a description of one of your cases with relevant theory. You will then be eligible for inclusion on the register of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Attendance

All day Wednesday or Monday and Wednesday evenings, plus additional elements.

Graduates of this unique course continue their work in child and adolescent psychiatry with an increased confidence and knowledge base.

Why study with us?

This course will expand and develop your observational, theoretical and therapeutic skills, enabling you to provide psychodynamic assessment and treatment to children, adolescents and parents.

It will also support you to study relevant psychoanalytical concepts and learn to link these with ways of working in different clinical settings. 

You will be able to apply your own experiences in individual personal therapy in order to improve your understanding of your patients’ internal states.

Accreditations

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This course is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Testimonials

“Theory seminars helped me develop a frame of reference for formulating hypotheses about childhood behaviours and the important role observation and interpretation has in the assessment and treatment of children of all ages.”
Student
“Seeing a child intensively in this way has taught me about working with a child’s internal world, the impact upon their external world and the devastating effects of child maltreatment.”
Student
“Infant observation has been an opportunity to gather together the theoretical aspects of the course, and, through the shared observations of the seminar, explore our own understanding of these to gain deeper insight into the emotional development of infants.”
Student

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