Parent-Infant Therapist Diploma 

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 babies 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?

Psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists, art therapists and other suitably qualified mental health professionals who wish to specialise in parent infant psychotherapy. Applicants must have a minimum of two years post-qualification clinical experience working with children and/or adults. Applicants must also have current professional clinical registration with a recognised professional body such as UKCP, BCP, ACP, BPS, or BACP.


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.


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.

What does the training include?

Candidates will be expected to attend and actively participate in supervision groups, group process, seminars and lectures. They will also be expected to read material from the reading list and additional papers as required for seminars. 


All OXPIP training is APPCIOS endorsed and contributes towards APPCIOS accreditation. APPCIOS (The Association for Psychodynamic Practice and Counselling in Organisational Settings), is a member organisation of the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Time commitment

The training runs for 25 days over 5 terms, held on Fridays (fortnightly), 9.30 - 16.30.

Training days will run from our offices in Kidlington. Find out how to find us here.


The course fee is £4,500.

Please note we charge a £50 non-refundable application fee, which should be sent immediately via cheque (made out to OXPIP) with your application form. We will be unable to proceed with your application until payment has been received. Upon invitation to interview, we will also charge an interview/processing fee of £75. Please contact the OXPIP office for further information.

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.


We will not be running this course in 2019 but expect to do so in 2020.

Please see details of our other Extended Courses, which may interest you, particularly our Associates Programme and Infant Observation Training that are running in 2019.

If you are interested in attending several of our short courses and public lectures over an 18 month period - we can offer you a discounted rate with our OXPIP Training Voucher. For more information please click here.

If you would like to discuss the course with us, please get in touch.

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