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Parent-Infant Therapist Diploma 2023

We offer an 18 month post qualification training in parent infant psychotherapy. It draws on psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory, attachment, theories of inter-subjectivity and neuroscience and will support the trainee to develop their skills in engaging and working with parents and infants presented with a wide range of issues. The course will also develop reflective practice and the capacity for working with other professionals and thinking about the network around the family.

Who is the training suitable for?

The programme is suitable for professionals who have a recognised professional clinical registration in any of the following:  psychotherapy, psychodynamic counselling, psychology or arts therapies (such as UKCP, BCP, ACP, BPS, or BACP). Applicants are expected to have a sound understanding of infant and adult mental health, attachment theory and a minimum of one year’s experience of baby observation within a psychoanalytic framework, or be prepared to undertake an observation alongside their training, at the discretion of the training committee. Applicants need to have previous experience of psychodynamic/psychoanalytic personal therapy.


Please see Course Entry Criteria in the Handbook below.


What are the requirements?

Participants will need to have undertaken personal therapy prior to starting the course and be prepared to be in at least once a week psychoanalytic/psychodynamic psychotherapy for the duration of the training. They will also need to have completed individual psychoanalytic/psychodynamic training and parent infant observation training for a minimum of one year. Trainees will undertake a placement for 4 terms and be in supervision for this work as well as receiving group supervision as part of the course. There is an expectation that applicants will already have some experience of working with parents and infants. This course is not recommended for parents of children under 2 years old.



This training has been accredited by APPCIOS (The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings), which is a member organisation of the British Psychoanalytic Council.


Time commitment

The taught course runs for 15 months, probably starting in September 2023 - watch this space! Trainees also need to allow additional time for the placement, reviews, individual supervision, admin, reading and independent learning. The majority of the teaching days will be primarily delivered via Zoom. For any face-to-face sessions, these will take place at our offices in Kidlington, Oxford. Find out how to find us here.


What does the training include?

Trainees will be expected to attend and actively participate in individual supervision, teaching seminars, short courses, OXPIP lectures and group process. They will also be expected to read material from the reading list and additional papers as required for seminars.


Clinical Work

Trainees are expected to undertake a minimum of 90 face-to-face clinical hours with parents and infants over a period of 15 months. More details are included in the handbook - coming soon!



In order to meet the criteria for the diploma, trainees are required to keep a reflective journal, present their clinical work in group supervision and following successful completion of clinical work, to submit a case study to the required standard within three months.



The cost of the course is currently under review - watch this space! 

Details of additional costs will be included in the handbook.


Further details

Applicants should note that they are required to undertake their own therapy during the training and this will need to be self-funded. Additional psychodynamic/psychoanalytic supervision to the group supervision provided on the course will be required, either provided within the work setting or paid for privately by the trainee.



All information about this training will be available in our handbook.



To enquire about applying, please email 


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