Pre-Clinical Courses

This page contains information on the range of pre-clinical courses that are available in the UK which will help students gain some of the requirements they will need in order to be able to apply for a place on the clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at one of the ACP accredited training schools. 

The Standards for Entry into an ACP Accredited Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Clinical Training are described in detail here. Applicants to the training must have complete either a course of study leading to a PG Diploma/Masters (UK academic level 7) that includes the prescribed minimum components or these components, or their equivalent, gained through a combination of other courses that provide some elements of a pre-clinical course but not others. The minimum components are extended psychoanalytic infant observations, work discussion seminars, psychoanalytic theory and child development research lectures. 

Pre-clinical courses are offered in the following locations:

Belfast

Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7N)
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
University of Essex
gertiedoonan@ntlworld.com
07879 885 881

Perinatal and early years work: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M9N)
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
University of Essex
deirdremeehan@live.co.uk  
07990 663 322

Birmingham

Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7B)
Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust /University of Essex
info@btpp.co.uk
0121 7530413

Bristol

Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7K)
Avon & Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust /University of Essex
tessa.weir-jeffery2@nhs.net
0117 919 0330

Perinatal and early years work: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M9K)
Avon & Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust /University of Essex
tessa.weir-jeffery2@nhs.net
0117 9417020

Glasgow

Psychoanalytic Observation and Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work with Children and Young People (TWCYP) 
Human Development Scotland
University of Strathclyde
info@hds.scot
0141 331 2419 

Leeds

Psychoanalytic Observational Studies
Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
University of Leeds
nscap.lypft@nhs.net
0113 855 8750  

London

Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice Anna Freud Centre
University College London
dpcpadministrator@annafreud.org       
020 7794231

Early Child Development and Clinical Applications
Anna Freud Centre
University College London
ecdca@annafreud.org
020 77942313

Psychodynamics of Human Development
British Psychotherapy Foundation
Birkbeck, University of London
MSCPA@bpf-psychotherapy.org.uk
0208 438 2411

Working with children, young people & families: a psychoanalytic observational approach (M7)
Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust
University of Essex
training@tavi-port.ac.uk
0208 938 2214