Parent-Infant Psychotherapy - Specialist Training
About this course
The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) offers an 18 month specialist training in psychoanalytic parent infant psychotherapy.
This training is accredited by APPCIOS (Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings) and the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council). Graduates can choose to belong to both organisations.
The training derives from the model developed at the AFNCCF in which psychoanalysis, attachment theory and research, and infant developmental research provide paradigms for the work. A focus of the approach is in the direct work with the baby as patient.
The model is introduced in the book by Baradon, T. with Biseo M., Broughton C.,James J., Joyce A., The Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent Infant Psychotherapy: Claiming the Baby, 2nd Edition London, Routledge 2016 and numerous PIP publications, and has been evaluated in a variety of contexts.
We receive support from the Chesser Trust to deliver this training which means that up to £1000 of funding is available for child psychotherapists.
Who is the training suitable for?
Psychotherapists, clinical and counselling psychologists are eligible to apply.
Pre-requisites for the training
- Registration with professional body
- Applicants must also have current professional clinical registration with a recognised professional body such as HCPC, UKCP, BCP, ACP, or BPS
- 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
- Infant observation
- Applicants are required to have completed an observation course in psychoanalytic parent-infant observation for a minimum of one year. Applicants may undertake this observation alongside the PIP Specialist Training if they have not yet done so.
What does the training include?
- Participation in selected seminars in the International School for Infancy and Early Years and at PIP, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families
- An introduction to perinatal and infant mental health (4 training days)
- Principles and Practice of Parent Infant Psychotherapy (3.5 training days)
- Emotional Abuse in Infancy (4 training days)
- Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool training (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
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. The group is a powerful learning forum and trainees are encouraged to analyse their own technical choices, interventions, responses and counter transference to the material in the session, and also to each other’s presentations.
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.
Please note that, exceptionally, in 2019 only face-to-face supervision at the AFC will be available. Remote supervision will not be provided during this intake.
- Monthly participation in PIP clinical meetings
The clinical meetings are the forum for team and associates 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.
- Intro to Psychoanalytic ideas
Those without a psychoanalytic background would need to additionally attend the Introduction to psychoanalytic ideas and their application to work with adults, children and infants or the Introductory lectures delivered by the Institute.
Please note that this training requires a significant time commitment. See here for the breakdown of estimated total hours.
All activities take place at the AFNCC on the 3rd Thursday of the month. School holiday dates are adopted.
Trainees are required to keep a reflective journal and to write a final paper of up to 5000 words in order to pass the training. This paper will be due in the December - 2 years after they first began the course, i.e. if they began the course in January 2019 the report would be due in December 2020.
The cost for the final paper to be marked by an external examiner is £75.
- Eligibility to apply (Pre-requisites for training, above)
- Submission of an application form (downloadable from this web-page- please email completed form to Jamila.Yeboah@annafreud.org or alternatively post it to Jamila Yeboah, 12-14 Maresfield Gardens NW3 5SU.
- Those short-listed will be invited to an interview with the Course Organiser and Chair of the Training Committee
- Applicants may be may be required to have a clinical interview (up to 3 consultations) with the training consultant. Each interview will be at the cost of £75.
- A final offer of a place on the training will be offered at the discretion of the interviewers
The cost of the PIP Specialist Training is £5000
Fees for clinical interview/s where required: £75 per meeting
Fee for Introduction to psychoanalytic ideas and their application, where required: £350
Please note we charge a £50 non-refundable application fee, which should be paid via Make a Payment when application form is submitted. We will be unable to proceed with your application until payment has been received. Upon invitation to interview, we will also charge an interview/processing fee of £75.
Please note that training is now run every 2 years. The applications for the 2021 intake will open in 2020. If you would like to be notified when the applications open please email Jamila.Yeboah@annafreud.org.
Please download the application form here.