Parent-Infant Psychotherapy - Specialist Training


18 months - Applications are required for this training. Details below.

About this course

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) offers an 18 month training in parent infant psychotherapy.

The training derives from the model developed at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in which psychoanalysis, attachment theory and research, and infant developmental research provide relevant and necessary paradigms for the work. A focus of the Centre's approach is in the 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. 

Who is the training suitable for?

Psychotherapists and psychologists are eligible to apply.

Pre-requisites for the training

  • Applicants must also have current professional clinical registration with a recognised professional body such as HCPC, UKCP, BCP, ACP, or BPS.
  • Applicants must have done a minimum of two years of psychoanalytic psychotherapy or have the willingness to commence 2 x weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy before and for the duration of the training.
  • Applicants must have at least four years of experience of working therapeutically. Experience of working with children and infants is desirable.
  • 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?

There are seven elements to the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Training.

1. Participation in selected seminars in the International School for Infancy and Early Years and at PIP, Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families

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

 2. Parent infant psychotherapy with at least four cases

Students will be required to see:

  • One case of at least four-months duration
  • One case of at least nine-months duration
  • One case involving a father
  • One family with parental mental health problems.

Two routes are offered to see cases:

  1. The first is an honorary placement as an associate in-training at the AFNCCF who will see cases referred to the Centre.
  2. 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 2018.

  3. Weekly supervision group

Supervision is a core element of the training, in which concepts learned in the theoretical seminars are brought to life in the consulting room. 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.

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

Supervision can take place remotely e.g. by video-conferencing (on-line) or face-to-face at the Centre. Trainees will be required to attend one face-to-face supervision at AFC per month, this will coincide with the day that the PIP Clinical Meeting and Reading Seminar takes place (3rd Thursday of every month).

  4. Monthly participation in PIP clinical meetings

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

These meetings will take place at the Centre and will take place on the third Thursday of every month.

  5. 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. This will take place at the AFC on the third Thursday of every month.

6. Contextual discussion group

This is a group discussion to assist in the transition to the role of parent-infant psychotherapist. It is a forum to share experiences, offer guidance and support. Participants are encouraged to reflect upon how they are adapting and integrating theoretical knowledge and skills into their practice. The group aims to foster a space where personal, institutional and organisational challenges can be addressed.  This will take place at the AFC on the third Thursday of every month.

7. Quarterly review meetings at the Centre

These 1-hour meetings will need to be attended in person on a date suggested by the supervisor. This may mean travelling especially for the meeting so we expect trainees to be flexible with their availability to travel to the Centre. You will be notified of the date approximately 2 months before each meeting.

This will be an additional time commitment of 5 hours.

Please note that this training requires a significant time commitment. See here for the breakdown of estimated total hours.


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 training is accredited by APPCIOS (Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings) and the BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council).


The cost of the PIP Specialist Training is £4500 for those with a psychoanalytic background. Those without a psychoanalytic background would need to additionally purchase a place on  Introduction to psychoanalytic ideas and their application to work with adults, children and infants (£350).


Application process for January 2018 start is now closed. We will begin recruiting for January 2019 training in Spring 2018.

If you have any queries or would like to be notified when recruitment begins please e-mail