Doctorate in Clinical Practice (DClinPrac)

This is a programme for qualified Psychoanalytical Psychotherapists, qualified OR in at least the third year of training,, interested in developing the ability to evaluate critically analytic practice and theory. Central to the programme are critical reflective practice and the utilisation of various research methodologies.

The programme will draw upon participants' existing clinical learning and experience and complement this with training in research methods and practice, relevant to psychotherapeutic practice. It aims to help clinicians develop their own clinical work, contribute to the building of an evidence base for psychodynamic practice and influence the development of psychoanalytically informed services.  

The programme is made up of a modules that include:

  • Reflective Clinical Practice
  • Research and Critical Appraisal skills
  • Major Research Project Proposal
  • Major Clinical Research Project



Advanced Clinical Skills and Critical Appraisal 90
Advanced Theoretical Skills in Clinical Practice 90
Service Related Research Project 60
Major Research Project Proposal 60
Major Clinical Research Project 240
Total credits 540



Participants will have access to experienced psychoanalytic practitioners and researchs, as teachers, research supervisors and tutors who will be able to help programme members develop and implement their own research ideas.

Staff include:

  • Dr Maggy Cairns
  • Dr Jo-Anne Carlyle - Senior Lecturer 
  • Professor Jeremy Holmes
  • Dr Jean Knox - Associate Professor
  • Dr Georgia Lepper
  • Gillian Miles
  • Richard Mizen, Programme Director
  • Dr Nick Sarra - Group analyst
  • Dr Janet Smithson - Senior Lecturer
  • Professor Judith Trowell

A range of assessment methods are utilised to assess the modules within the programme. Assessments are innovative and are designed to prepare you for research and leadership in the real world. The programme utilises both formative assessments to help develop you and provide feedback to enhance your performance, and summative assessments to evaluate your progress. 


Programme Lead: Richard Mizen.

Administration and enquiries:

tel: +44 (0)1392 725762

Type of course: 
Post Grad
British Psychotherapy Foundation