TFP is a psychoanalytically-oriented modality predominantly working with relationship. It is an evidence based psychological therapy developed over several decades by Otto Kernberg & colleagues for working with people who have Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), and it is now being extended for use with other psychological conditions and in different settings (e.g. with groups and with adolescents).
TFP practitioners are qualified health professionals, such as Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, or Psychotherapists, who have a good working knowledge of psychoanalytic and other theories underpinning the development of personality and some experience in delivering therapy.
The basic training is an approved 6 day didactic course, which can be followed through to Therapist or Trainer & Supervisor level as required by taking on supervised cases, attending workshops and demonstrating competence in teaching TFP as appropriate to that level. Trainees who qualify as Therapists or Trainers & Supervisors from an accredited TFP course can describe themselves as ‘BPC-accredited TFP practitioners’ and will receive a certificate for a fee of £35. The BPC will maintain a roster of accredited practitioners and contact details on the BPC website. In addition, they will receive a Welcome Pack which comprises of a Welcome Letter signed by the Chair, a Copy of New Associations and a digital copy of their Certificate’.
Further information about TFP can be found on the International Society for Transference-Focused Psychotherapy website.