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.

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.

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 process described below can take approximately two years

1. A training body which is running or about to run a course which they would like to be accredited by the BPC gets in touch.

2. There is communication between the training body and the BPC to understand BPC requirements as documented in the practice and theory requirements and the training criteria appropriate to the nature of the training and the professional title to be granted upon completion.  An important part of the conversation is about a professional body for graduates and whether they will form their own Member Institution (MI) of the BPC or become part of an existing MI.  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.

3. Once both parties agree that accreditation is desirable and realistic, the BPC sends forms and a list of required documents to the training body and arranges a date (usually on a Saturday- it needs to be done some months in advance as it is not always easy to co-ordinate diaries) for a one-day visit from a team of experienced therapists to meet with the training body management team, the professionals involved with the training and the trainees.  A fee is charged to cover the BPC’s expenses.

4. The completed paperwork from the training body is sent to the visiting team one month before the start of the visit, so they have time to read it and request further information if required.

5. The visit takes place as a series of meetings with he groups involved in the training (management team, training committee, supervisors, training therapists, trainees and, where available, graduates), from approximately 9.30 until 4.30.

6. After the visit, a report is drafted, which is sent to the training body for comments before being finalised, it being understood that responsibility for the conclusions belongs solely to the visiting team.  The report may well include both recommendations and requirements for the training body, and accreditation can be dependent upon any requirements being met.

7. The report goes first to the BPC’s Registration Committee for discussion and then to the Board of trustees for approval.

8. Once approved, the BPC writes formally to the training body to confirm that the training is accredited, and they receive a copy of the report.

9. Every five years the training will be reaccredited. The method the BPC uses is that from step three of the accreditation process; if issues are identified, requirements will be made in the reaccreditation report which the training body will need to meet and if necessary a follow up visit will be made


Training and Training Therapist criteria

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Criteria
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Psychodynamic Counselling Training Criteria
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Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training Criteria
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Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Criteria
- (271 KB PDF)
Medical Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Criteria
- (352 KB PDF)
BPC Guidelines for Selecting Training Analysts, Therapists and Training Supervisors
- (485 KB PDF)
Practice and theory requirements
- (423 KB PDF)


Accredited Training Courses

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