How we accredit trainings

BPC trainings are known for their quality and rigour. We accredit a wide range of psychoanalytic trainings and our training organisations also offer taster courses, seminars, and university-accredited degrees.

Our training criteria documents are currently under review. The psychodynamic psychotherapy training criteria document is available at the bottom of this page, and others will be uploaded shortly.

The public is safeguarded by maintaining the integrity of the Register of practicing clinicians, with ongoing scrutiny of their trainings and continuing professional development post-qualification.

Accredited trainings are delivered by our Member Institutions (MIs), who are responsible for admission to the Register at the point of qualification from their training.

The process of accreditation is the responsibility of the Registration Committee.

The process usually starts with an informal enquiry and the completion of a comprehensive application form.

The Registration Committee is concerned not only with the quality of the training, but also the structure and health of the organisation that hosts the post-graduate body.

Close attention is paid to policies and procedures for safeguarding, equality and diversity, and ethics. The organisation must agree to follow the roles and responsibilities of Member Institutions and our Ethical Framework and Guidelines.

Central to the maintenance of the integrity of the Register is the quality of the trainings and high standards of teaching, supervising and assessment. The criteria for successful accreditation are clear and must be met before a training can be recommended to the Board.

The Registration Committee will form a visiting team (incorporating senior clinicians, a student or recent graduate, a lay member) to meet with representative groups of the organisation to assess the training and the member organisation it is hosted by. The visiting team also receive written feedback from people unable to attend on the day.

This is called the ‘site visit’ and, where possible, occurs at the MI. The visit is necessarily searching and thorough, but also seeks to be encouraging where improvements are needed.

Following the site visit, the Registrar writes a report that is first approved by the visiting team before being sent for comment to the groups that were seen on the day. Once these are received, the report is presented to the Registration Committee and then to the Board.

If you are interested in exploring potential accreditation, please contact us.

Revised Training and Training Therapist criteria (May 2022) are now available.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Criteria Revised May 2022
- (353 KB PDF)
Psychodynamic Counselling Training Criteria Revised May 2022
- (352 KB PDF)
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Criteria Revised May 2022
- (353 KB PDF)
Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Criteria May 2022
- (271 KB PDF)
Medical Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Criteria May 2022
- (352 KB PDF)
BPC Guidelines for the Selection of Training Analysts Therapists and Training Supervisors
- (465 KB PDF)
Practice and theory requirements
- (423 KB PDF)


Training organisations

We accredit a range of psychoanalytic trainings that must adhere to our exacting standards. Find out more about our training organisations here
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