Psychoanalytic training and treatment

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British Psychoanalytic Association

Welcome to the British Psychoanalytic Association (BPA), a new Component Society of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), and the second Society to be established in the United Kingdom. The BPA is devoted to psychoanalytic training and treatment, as well as to the development of psychoanalytic thinking and communication of psychoanalytic ideas to the wider public.

As a society, the BPA offers a lively scientific life from the perspective of Contemporary Freudian, Kleinian, and Independent theoretical orientations, including opportunities for the continuing education and development of psychoanalysts.

The BPA is currently receiving applications for the training to commence in September 2016.
Anyone interested should contact Lesley Bell, the Chair of Selection, on 020 8888 0446 or Joyce Samuel-Ouadjo, the Training Co-ordinator, on +44 (0)20 8452 9823 or by email at

Psychoanalytic Course - Theoretical Lectures and Clinical Discussion Groups:

September 2015 - July 2016

Applications will be considered at any time during the academic year and fees adjusted accordingly. Clinical discussion groups and lecture series can be applied for separately - see flyer. Theoretical lectures can be applied for singly by completing the brief application form where it states 'Book here' at the bottom of this page.

For those who want to learn more about psychoanalysis or to explore the possibility of a training and career in the field.


Application form


A patient who could not allow himself to really get better illustrating a psychic retreat and psychic change David Simpson

June 29th 2016, 8:30 - 10:00 pm

David Simpson will be discussing some of the reasons patients are resistant to change in psychoanalysis and using a clinical example to show how this can result from a psychic retreat and how this can change in treatment.
David Morgan will look at how those who have failed to develop this capacity for thought, act on the world, and also how this relates to fundamentalism at an individual and social level.

David Simpson is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst at the British Psychoanalytic Association, and a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytic Society. He is an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic London where he was Director of child and adolescent psychiatric training and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College Medical School, and was Co-Chair of the Autism Workshop and Learning Disabilities Service. His interests include the childhood roots of adult difficulties and intergenerational transmission.



View event flyer here

Cost: 35 per lecture payable upon application. Payment can be made only by bank transfer: British Psychotherapy Foundation The Co-operative Bank Sort Code: 08-02-28 Account No: 684 746 94. You will need to use lecture's reference (''BPA/TL/date'') to enable us to identify your payment.

Donald Winnicott, Sigmund Freud and Melanie Klein