This four year full time, highly selective professional doctorate aims to develop the academic, clinical and research skills needed to practice as a professional Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and will lead to the award of DPsych and professional membership of the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP). 

The programme is a collaboration between UCL, the Anna Freud Centre and the Independent Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association (IPCAPA) at the British Psychotherapy Foundation (bpf), alongside NHS training placement providers.  The theoretical orientation of the training represents the thinking of the Independent School within the British Psychoanalytic movement. A Jungian pathway has been developed for those in Jungian analysis. 

Further information

For more information about this programme, please visit the UCL Website.

You can also view our programme brochure by clicking here.


For all enquiries related to this programme, please contact the Training Co-ordinator.


'I was very well supported in my NHS placement and had many rich and valuable learning opportunities from the course, staff and students at IPCAPA; in addition to my colleagues in CAMHS. The training provided me with a firm foundation as a therapist, which I draw on daily in my current work as a child psychotherapist in the NHS.' Eva, former student

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