About this course

We are currently refining the structure of this training in an online format and so the times and dates may change slightly. Participants will be notified of any changes with sufficient notice.

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) offers a 2 year specialist training in psychoanalytic parent infant psychotherapy (PPIP).

Developed in response to a need for early intervention into parents’ difficulties and babies’ needs during the first year of life, PPIP integrates psychoanalytic thinking with attachment theory, and developmental neuroscience. This therapeutic modality aims to explore parents’ unconscious ideas and anxieties around their baby and being a parent, promote the parent-infant relationship, and ‘give voice’ to the baby during therapy.

This training may be of interest to psychologists and therapists who want to work as perinatal specialists, part of a multidisciplinary team in the NHS, or Local Authorities, or privately with parents and their baby. It may also interest those working with child or adult patients and who wish to further their experience of early development of object relations and the representational world.

Graduates of the training will be eligible for membership of the BCP through the newly established professional association for psychoanalytic parent infant psychotherapists – the PPIP Society.

The model is introduced in the book by Baradon, T., with Biseo, M., Broughton, C., James, J., Joyce, A., (2016). The practice of psychoanalytic parent infant psychotherapy: Claiming the baby, 2nd edition, London, Routledge and numerous PIP publications, and has been evaluated in a variety of contexts. 

Who is the training suitable for

Psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists are eligible to apply.

Pre-requisites for the training

  • Professional registration

Applicants must also have current professional clinical registration with a recognised professional body such as HCPC, UKCP, BCP, ACP,

  • Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy

Applicants must have had a minimum of two years of personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy with an analyst/psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with BPC psychoanalytic section or be willing to commence 2-3 x weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy before and for the duration of the training with an analyst as above.

  • Work experience

Applicants must have at least four years of experience of working therapeutically. Experience of working with children and infants is desirable

  • Applicants must have completed an Infant observation or undertake one in preparation for training
What does the training include
  • Seminars
  • Training cases – to be seen either at the trainee’s place of employment or at the AFNCCF
  • Weekly supervision group 
  • Monthly participation in PIP clinical meetings
  • Contextual discussion group
  • Quarterly review meetings at the Centre
  • Written work
  • Personal therapy

In addition, those without a psychoanalytic background  will be required to attend the Introduction to psychoanalytic ideas and their application to work with adults, children and infants or the Introductory lectures delivered by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.

Training Commitments

All seminars take place at the AFNCC on the 3rd Thursday of the month.  Zoom linking for trainee from outside London can be considered.

School holiday dates are adopted.

  • Application - £50
  • Interview - £100
  • Clinical interview - £75 per session
  • Fees - £7,500
  • Marking papers - £75



Please note we are not accepting applications at this time.

  • Please check your eligibility to apply (Prerequisites for training, above)
  • Submit an application form, and attach CV, copy of your professional registration and qualifications (training certificates) 
  • The application fee should be paid via Make a Payment when application form is submitted
  • Those shortlisted will be invited to an interview with the Course Organiser and Chair of the Training Committee
  • Applicants may be required to have a clinical interview (up to 3 consultations) with the training consultant
  • A final offer of a place on the training will be offered at the discretion of the interviewers


Applications are currently closed

If you have any queries, please email to 

There is currently no confirmed intake date.  There will be an informal free Q & A information event online in September to answer questions about the course.

Training programme details


An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health (ITSIEY, 4 training days)

Principles and Practice of parent infant psychotherapy  (PIP, 3.5 training days)

Emotional Abuse in infancy (ITSIEY, 4 training days)

Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool training (PIP, 0.5 day)

Introduction to psychoanalytic ideas and their application to work with adults, children and infants – (participation in this is only required of trainees who do not have a psychoanalytic background) (AFNCCF)

These trainings will take place at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Training cases

Students will be required to see 4 training cases under supervision:

  • One case of at least four months duration
  • Two cases of at least 5.5 months duration
  • One case of at least nine months duration

The above cases need to include at least: One case involving a father, one family with parental mental health problems, at least 1 case which is filmed, 2 cases who end therapy in a planned manner.

Two routes are offered to see cases:

The first is an honorary placement as an associate in-training at the AFNCCF who will see cases referred to the Centre.

The second is to see cases at your place of employment, with the support of your employer, while attending the required courses and supervision at the AFNCCF.

The expectation is that successful applicants will start clinical work in February 2019.

Weekly supervision group

Trainees receive 2 hours weekly group supervision in person at the AFNCCF or via zoom. The group has two supervisors from different orientations within PPIP (changing 9 months into the training) and is exposed to the work of senior clinicians through team meetings.

Those that do not complete their cases within 18 months will have the opportunity to pay to continue their supervision.

Monthly participation in PIP clinical meetings

The clinical meetings are the forum for team to present cases for in depth discussion. These discussions aim to keep the model an iterative process of elaboration of technique and theory

Reading seminars

Set reading is the basis but the list is extended to incorporate material that is pertinent to the associates at a particular time.

Contextual discussion group

This is a group discussion forum to assist in the transition to the role of parent-infant psychotherapist. The group aims to foster a space where personal, institutional and organisational challenges can be addressed.

Quarterly review meetings at the Centre

These 1-hour meetings with the Course Organiser will need to be attended in person. You will be notified of the date approximately 2 months before each meeting.

This will be an additional time commitment of 5 hours.

Written work

  • Session notes

Trainees are required to keep updated session notes on each of their cases for supervision purposes.

  • Reflective Learning Log (RLL)

Trainees  are expected to maintain an ongoing log of their experience in relation to conceptual learning, clinical work and self-development. At the end of the training a summary of the RLL is submitted with the final paper.

  • Final paper

The final paper will comprise of a case study and the theoretical framework that helped the trainee conceptualise and work therapeutically with the family and baby.

Personal therapy

Trainees are required to be in therapy with a therapist registered with the BPC analytic section for the duration of their training. Intensity will depend on previous and current experience of therapy. This will be agreed with the applicant during the interview process.


System requirements for online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

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