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Selection Process

The course is at a postgraduate level of experience, although a first degree is not essential. Life experience and a capacity for in depth study are most important. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community and we operate an equal opportunities policy in our selection process. We look for students who can demonstrate:

• experience in the helping professions or voluntary agencies
• a capacity to work with people who have suffered trauma
• readiness to sustain the commitments (emotional, financial and practical) of the course

In view of the important role that personal therapy plays in your development and training as a psychotherapist, we would expect you to have been in personal therapy for a minimum of one year with an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist or a psychotherapist who works from a psychodynamic perspective (who is UKCP (CPJA)/BPS/or SAP accredited) prior to starting the course. Ideally, this would be the year prior to and during your application to the training course, so that you have an established therapeutic relationship in place to support you through the process of application and the demands of beginning the training.

On receipt of a completed application form, suitable candidates will be offered an interview with members of the Clinical Training Committee. We aim to make the selection procedure as ‘non-threatening’ as possible and relatively informal but rigorous. It is an opportunity to reflect on your reasons for training and your suitability as a candidate.

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Please fill in the form below and then ask your 2 reference providers (one personal and one professional) to fill in this form Reference Form

Clinical Training Application Form - next Intake

This is a very long form, and we recommend that you gather the content first, before you start to fill it in as there is currently no way to save it part filled in.

In view of the important role that personal therapy plays in your development and training as a psychotherapist, we would expect you to have been in personal therapy for a minimum of one year with an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist or a psychotherapist who works from a psychodynamic perspective prior to starting the course. Ideally, this would be the year prior to and during your application to the training course, so that you have an established therapeutic relationship in place to support you through the process of application and the demands of beginning the training.

When you commence the training it is a requirement to be in therapy twice a week with a therapist who meets The Bowlby Centre’s criteria for approval as a Training Therapist. They must be a member of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy, (UKCP) Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA) section or a member of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

If you are unsure as to whether your personal therapy experience or current therapy arrangements meet this criteria you can discuss this with the member of the Clinical Training Committee responsible for applications.

This is so that we can get a sense and understanding of you as a person. Tell us about your past and current circumstances and some idea of what you would bring to The Bowlby Centre, as well as what you would hope to gain from the course. How would you describe this point in your life and why you are considering training now?
a) Please outline all your previous psychotherapy or counselling giving us the length of the therapy and when in your life this was undertaken. It is also helpful to know the therapeutic orientation of your therapist(s).
b) Please reflect on your experience of therapy and how this has influenced your application to train with The Bowlby Centre.
The Bowlby Centre’s values around education support people’s different learning styles and those with special educational needs. As the course is at the equivalent of post-graduate level, the abilities we are looking for are the capacity to explore, analyse and engage with your own process, the material and with others in a learning group.

• mental distress has its origin in failed and inadequate attachment relationships in early life and is best treated in the context of a long-term human relationship.

• attachment relationships are shaped in the real world and impacted upon by poverty, discrimination and social inequality. The impact of the social world will be part of the therapy.

• psychotherapy should be available to all, and from an attachment-based psychoanalytic perspective, especially those discriminated against or described as “unsuitable” for therapy.

• psychotherapy should be provided with respect, warmth, openness, a readiness to interact and relate, and free from discrimination of any kind.

• those who have been silenced about their experiences and survival strategies must have their reality acknowledged and not pathologised.

The Bowlby Centre values inclusiveness, access, diversity, authenticity and excellence. All participants in our organisation share the responsibility for anti-discriminatory practice in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, (dis)ability, religion, class, educational and learning style.

Equal opportunities is not about political correctness or policing, it is about developing awareness of the real world issues that face us and our clients which exclude many from therapeutic support. As a student at The Bowlby Centre you will be working towards integrating the values of the organisation into your understanding of the world so that they can enrich your relationships with your colleagues and therapeutic practice as a psychotherapist in training and ultimately as a member of The Bowlby Centre. Difference and power are an inevitable part of human interaction and the therapeutic space is not immune to these dynamics. By naming and working openly and confidently with difference we can hopefully alleviate some of the harm caused by unconscious prejudice.

With this in mind, please address the following: a) What are your personal values?
b) What is your experience and understanding of oppression?
c) How do you take responsibility for your own prejudice?

You will need to get one professional and one personal reference to support your application.
Please direct each of them to http://thebowlbycentre.org.uk/training/references-form

Please contact heleneeveritt@blueyonder.co.uk if you have any queries.