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 2017.
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

- beginning September 2017



September 2016 to July 2017

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 as a FULL SERIES or SINGLY.

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


APPLICATION FORM for those wishing to attend the FULL COURSE (Theoretical Lectures and Clinical Discussion Groups),
OR the FULL SERIES of Theoretical Lectures only
OR the Clinical Discussion Groups (CDGs) only.


BRIEF APPLICATION FORM for those wishing to apply for ONE or SEVERAL of the Theoretical Lectures (but not the full series).


Lecture List


Making sense of Kleinian Theory in Practice Julia Sandelson

March 15th 2017, 8:30 - 10:00 pm

Melanie Klein is regarded as Freud's theoretical heir. Her particular emphasis on the importance of 'unconscious phantasy' and 'internal objects' led to a new understanding of the process of personality formation. Crucially, for patients in psychoanalysis, it then follows that apparently entrenched and fixed difficulties can be identified and worked through, making possible psychic and personality change. Julia Sandelson uses clinical vignettes to delineate and illustrate the way in which Kleinian theoretical concepts can be understood in the consulting room.

Julia Sandelson is a Training and Supervising psychoanalyst with the BPA and BPF in full time private practice. She serves on the BPA Training Committee and on a variety of committees over the years. She teaches theoretical and clinical seminars on the BPA training in psychoanalysis, and on various trainings in external psychotherapy organisations for which she is also a training therapist and supervisor. She worked part-time in the NHS for over 20 years at the Maudsley hospital as a principal psychotherapist and supervisor. She has presented papers, taught, published, most recently in Interpretive Voices: responding to patients (Karnac, 2015), and edited variously in the field of psychoanalysis.



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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