How to Apply

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Categories of Application

Applications for membership of The College will be received and dealt with by the Membership Committee ("MC") from the following four categories of psychoanalytic practitioner:

1. Those who have successfully trained and are eligible for registration (but need not currently actually be registered) with UKCP (CPJA Section) or with BPC.

2. Those who have successfully completed a psychoanalytic training with an organisation which is not currently or ever has been a member-organisation of UKCP or BPC.

3. Those who have undergone no formally recognised course of training in psychoanalysis but who are able to demonstrate a long and soundly established reputation and ability to work as a psychoanalytic practitioner.

4. Those who can demonstrate that they would be able to establish eligibility under categories 1, 2 or 3 but for the fact that they are now retired from clinical practice, such practitioners to be eligible to apply for their names to be included in any Register of Retired Practitioners published by The College.

  • Each application will be considered on its merits but the following criteria will be taken into account, where appropriate, with regard to training:
  • Personal analysis with an acceptable psychoanalytic practitioner.
  • Successful completion of a training course relating to psychoanalytic theory and clinical practice or the equivalent thereof.
  • Sufficient psychoanalytic clinical practice under supervision during training.
  • Written presentations during training of clinical work with one or more patients and/or presentation of a final paper relating to both theory and clinical practice.

The four categories of application referred to above will be dealt with in accordance with the following principles:

1. UKCP/BPC Eligible
For the foreseeable future, all such applications will be dealt with under a prima facie assumption that such applicants have completed a training that meets the criteria for membership of The College. Should circumstances change, so that it would no longer be reasonable to make that assumption in relation to the training organisation concerned, the applicant will be required to produce such evidence of satisfactory training as may from time to time be required by MC.

2. Psychoanalytic training with a non UKCP/BPC organisation
This category of applicant may include those who have trained with non UKCP/BPC organisations from both the UK and from abroad.
Each applicant will be required to submit a statement concerning their training which fully addresses the membership criteria of The College referred to above, together with such supporting evidence as may from time to time be required by The College.

3. No formal training
Applications in this category will normally be entertained only from those who practise in the UK unless they practise abroad but are able to establish circumstances that demonstrate some clear link with the UK.
The onus will be on each such applicant to supply a full statement in support of their application, showing why MC should use its discretion to recommend membership of The College and such applicants must fully meet all requests for further information that may from time to time be required by MC.

4. Retired applicants
Each applicant will be required to submit a full statement establishing that, but for retirement, they would be eligible to apply for full membership, as well as establishing to the reasonable satisfaction of MC that they are currently retired from clinical practice and intend to remain so until such time as they formally notify The College otherwise, when they will no longer be eligible to have their names included in any Register of Retired Practitioners.

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