The Jungian Training in Analytical Psychotherapy
Professional psychotherapy training in the West Midlands

tel: 08444 631 341
email: jtc@wmip.org

The Training  in Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy leading to BPC Registration as a Jungian Psychotherapist

The Jungian Training in Analytical Psychotherapy was founded in 1990. It aims to provide an experience of learning from which its graduates will qualify as competent and responsible practitioners of Jungian analytical psychotherapy.  It leads to BPC (British Psychoanalytic Council) registration as a Jungian Psychotherapist.

Philosophy of the Training

The course recognises that good practice in analytical psychotherapy is rooted not only in a sound understanding of the theory and practice of the profession, but also in the authenticity and creativity of the practitioner’s self-knowledge and participation in analytic process. The training aims to encourage the development of personal authority in the trainees that will enable them to manage creatively the diversity of the profession of analytical psychotherapy.

In this aim, we remain true to Jung’s philosophy regarding the ongoing development of autonomous individuals who belong to a culture, not to an orthodoxy of analytical theory and practice. While the teaching programme is grounded by the theories of C. G. Jung and their development by post-Jungians, subjects or theories are taught by specialists in their own field as well as specialists from the Jungian culture and from psychoanalysis more broadly; together they represent the diversity and richness of the analytic experience.

Fundamental to the ethos of the training is the understanding that the activity of learning is a function of the self and of the process of individuation, as conceived by Jung and developed in post-Jungian thinking. Learning is recognised as a spontaneous function of healthy relatedness. It requires a sustained effort of movement between conscious and unconscious life, cycles of regression and progression, as well as tolerance of an ongoing dialectic of identification with, and separation from, others and their thinking.

Course Structure

The Training is in two stages.

1. Foundation Stage

This is the pre-clinical stage of the training  and  normally lasts one year. It is possible to apply for the Foundation Stage of the Qualifying Course Programme. The Foundation Stage is comprised of :

    The Seminar Programme

    The formal teaching, reading seminars take place on Saturdays usually between 10.15 a.m. – 3.15 p.m., in up to three one and a quarter hour seminars.

    The Public Lecture Programme

    This is a series of  five lectures by experienced Jungian practitioners. The lectures are open to the wider Jungian community in the Midlands and further afield, as well as to  the public. They take place on Saturday mornings in Birmingham.

    Personal Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy

    Trainees are engaged in their own analysis on a three times weekly basis.

    Annual Essay

    The purpose of the first essay is to demonstrate that the trainee has begun to engage creatively with the material presented on the course.

    Trainee’s Annual Assessment of Learning

    The assessment process of the course rests on the fact that the trainee is responsible for  his or her learning. At the end of each year every trainee is required to write an assessment of his or her own work and learning during the previous year in relation to his or her development. The trainee writes an assessment having had the opportunity to think about the assessment of his or her work made by others such as supervisors and essay readers.

    Termly Tutorials

    Each trainee has a tutor who is a member of the Jungian Training Committee. Regular tutorials are offered as a space on which to reflect upon progress on the training and to support the trainee in his or her development.

2. Clinical Stage

Once the Foundation Stage has been completed and its requirements  successfully fulfilled, a trainee progresses to the Clinical Stage of the Training.  This comprises a further three years of the seminar programme. It may take longer than this to complete all the clinical requirements.

In addition to all the elements described in the Foundation Stage, the following components supplement the programme in this Clinical Stage:

    Infant Observation

    During years two and three of the training the teaching will usually include an Infant Observation Seminar which takes place during the week on a monthly basis. The trainees who are required to undertake the infant observation must also allocate time in these two years to conduct their observation of an infant within a family setting. On completion of this observation, trainees write an Infant Observation Paper.

    Psychiatric Placement

    In the fourth year, a psychiatric placement is undertaken.

    Clinical seminars

    These are regular opportunities for a trainee to present his or her clinical work with a patient for discussion to the seminar group under the direction of an experienced practitioner

    Clinical work with Training Cases

    Trainees are required to work with three adult training patients during the clinical stage. These include  patients who attend therapy on a once, twice and three times weekly basis.  In alternate years to the Clinical paper a Clinical report is required.

    Supervision of clinical work

    Trainees have weekly supervision with an experienced Jungian analytical psychotherapist/analyst on each training case

    Bi-Annual Clinical Paper and Final Clinical Paper

    In the clinical stage, trainees are required to write an bi-annual clinical paper describing their work with a patient. When all other course requirements are met, a longer, final clinical paper is presented.

Jungian Training

Prospectus (pdf)

Foundation course

Infant Observation

How to apply

Training Committee

Enquiries to:

Sue Harford,
Administrator to the Jungian Training Committee,
Unit 1A, West Stockwith Park,
Stockwith Road,
Nottinghamshire. DN10 4ES.

tel: 08444 631 341    email: jtc@wmip.org