Requirements for the Clinical Training Course

Attendance requirements for the Clinical Training

The taught part of the Course lasts four years. There are three ten-week terms per year, students meet twice weekly on Monday and Tuesday evenings for three and a quarter hours. The final week of each ten-week term is a study week and there is a week’s break at half term. We expect students to attend for each of the taught nine weeks and to be available during study week as required. Minimum attendance for each seminar of 80% is a requirement and failure to meet this will need be agreed with the Clinical Training Committee and may affect the student’s move forward into following parts of the course. Students are asked to be available on Monday and Tuesday evenings in term time from 6pm – 10pm with teaching normally from 6.30 – 8.00pm and 8.15 – 9.45pm. The process for managing attendance can be found here.

Personal Training Therapy

Students are required to be in twice-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the start of the training and in three times a week therapy for a minimum of 6 months at some point before registration. There is no assessment of the training therapy and the training therapist is not involved in assessment. However, training therapists are asked by the Clinical Training Committee to confirm in writing at the end of each academic year that those students with whom they are working in therapy are attending therapy at least twice a week. Normally students should be in twice weekly therapy until they register but if a student has not registered two years after the end of the taught course they can, with the agreement of their training therapist and course tutor, apply to the Clinical Training Committee to move to once a week therapy until Registration. No training therapist will be involved in any other way eg in teaching or assessing any student in therapy with them. This is designed to ensure appropriate therapeutic boundaries can be maintained and a secure enough base can be developed. However The Centre is a community and students can expect to see their therapist, supervisors and teachers involved in the various Centre activities and work with them in various ways.


The course tutor, who supports the group throughout their training until students register, meets regularly with students. There are normally two group tutorials per term where the student group meet with their course tutor to reflect on the course and their learning. Each term until registration each student is required to meet with the course tutor for an individual tutorial. This gives the tutor and the student the opportunity to reflect on the training and what they are experiencing and learning in dealing with the course, their colleagues and how they are working with The Bowlby Centre values and managing the various differences they encounter as learning opportunities. These tutorials take place outside the usual course hours and are normally held either at The Bowlby Centre or at a London location convenient to both the tutor and the student. Tutorials normally last for an hour.

Clinical Forum

Attendance at the Clinical Forum, normally held on the second Saturday of each month in term time, is strongly encouraged. Attendance three times a year is required for all students until Registration. Students must sign the register of attendance at each Clinical Forum. Special arrangements are made for students who cannot attend on Saturdays for reasons of religious observance.


Each student’s progress is reviewed in an ongoing way throughout the training at termly tutorials with the course tutor until Registration. This is based on a self-assessment prepared by the student and, for students on the taught course, feedback to the course tutor from teachers.

There is an annual assessment and progress review of each student at the end of the academic year. The course tutor and teaching staff meet and review each student. The purpose of the meeting is to assess whether a student is ready to progress to the next year of the Course. The recommendations from the meeting are brought to the Clinical Training Committee (CTC). The CTC takes the final decision on whether a student may go forward to the next year.

The procedure to progress to Psychotherapist-in-Training (PiT) is the most important mid-Course assessment. The PiT assessment process starts at the beginning of the Autumn Term of Year 2 and is finalised in the Summer Term of Year 2. Following the move to PiT status, supervisors prepare reports every six months on clinical work which are discussed with the supervisee and course tutor.

The Registration (RAPP) procedure is the final assessment leading to Registration as a member of The Bowlby Centre and of the UKCP. This takes place following graduation from the taught part of the course and fulfilling the clinical practice and other requirements.