Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

A unique professional training open to UK and overseas applicants

This is a unique professional training in parent infant psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The course is based upon a sound psychoanalytic understanding and also draws upon learning from other key fields, such as infant psychiatry and the latest findings of neurological research. The training brings a practical approach to working therapeutically with parents and their infants.

The training is available in London or online. As well as UK trainees, we have had trainees taking part in this training from elsewhere in Europe and from Africa, Asia, the Americas and Australasia.

This is the only training in this field that can lead to registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Following its most recent organisational review by the UKCP, the review committee offered the School ‘its warmest congratulations and good wishes for the further development of your important work within the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy’.

Why This Course?

Parent Infant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy recognises the crucial role played by early intervention. Early experiences exert powerful influences upon the way that infants become integrated and form attachments. 

This training gives a sound psychoanalytic understanding, central to which is the trainee’s personal therapy and growing capacity for self reflection.

This is a thorough professional training to become a psychoanalytic psychotherapist who works with parents and their infants. Graduates can become registered psychotherapists who are qualified to work either privately or within an organisational setting.


Start date

The next intake into this training will be in April 2023; applications are now being accepted.


The taught part of the course lasts from two to four years, depending upon the trainee’s previous level of relevant training and experience.

Please note, both graduation and UKCP registration require the completion of supervised clinical hours that may extend beyond the period of the taught course. This can involve the additional financial cost of ongoing clinical supervision and personal therapy.


In person at 27 Frognal, London NW3 6AR or remotely via the internet.

All classes are being held online.

Time commitment

Core seminars are held weekly on Wednesday evenings. Attendance at other seminars may be required at various stages of the training. Trainees also arrange times to attend their own personal therapy and to complete infant and institutional observations.


The current annual full time fee is £5,292

Suitable for

Trainees come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions. This is equivalent to a post graduate training and candidates should be able to operate at this level.


This is the content of the taught part of the course. Some modules may be omitted by trainees with relevant previous training or experience, reducing the overall length of the training.

Year 1

Theory seminars in infant development and psychoanalysis.
Infant and institutional observations and seminars.

Year 2

Theory seminars continue.
Weekly observations and seminars continue.

Year 3

Theory seminars in parent infant psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Clinical practice and clinical seminars.

Year 4

Theory seminars continue.
Clinical practice and clinical seminars continue.

Beyond year 4

Supervised clinical practice and clinical seminars continue until the required number of hours are reached.