The members of the Philadelphia Association were thanked for their hospitality and openness and congratulated on continuing to provide a stimulating training of a very high standard that continued to attract committed trainees of a very high calibre attracted to the psychoanalytic project of the Association. The Association continues to be a valued Organisational Member of the CPJA [Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis], distinctive in their approach and thinking, and important in their critique of dominant therapeutic cultures.
U.K. COUNCIL FOR PSYCHOTHERAPY (UKCP)
The Philadelphia Association was founded in 1965 by R. D. Laing and others, and one of its charitable aims since the beginning has been the training of psychotherapists. Its core charitable aim is the alleviation of ‘mental distress’ and, after some debate as to the nature and purpose of such a programme, a psychotherapy training programme was developed initially under the guidance of John Heaton.
The training was and is aimed both at training therapists and challenging the concepts of mental illness, their perception in psychiatry and the wider world, and how such distress should be aided. The Training encourages a critical inquiry into what psychotherapy is, rather than being an initiation into particular theories and methods.
The Psychotherapy training is a minimum of four years, thought of as analogous to an apprenticeship, the length being open until the trainee feels ready to practice independently. It is accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) - Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. Students who successfully complete the Training are eligible both to become members of the Philadelphia Association and to register with the UKCP. The Training falls within the psychoanalytic psychotherapy grouping of the UKCP while retaining a critical and sceptical stance toward theory.
Students on the Study Programme can begin the process of applying to train during the second term of the course. (Each student is assigned a tutor who is available to answer questions about applying.) Applicants are expected to submit a personal statement and a book review in preparation for a panel interview. They must also demonstrate some experience of helping people in distress, either professionally or as a volunteer, and have been, for a year before commencement of the Training, in twice-a-week therapy with a UKCP-registered therapist who has at least five years’ post-qualification experience.
This personal therapy continues throughout the Training, and trainees are also responsible for organizing their own supervision as soon as they start seeing clients, which may be quite soon after starting the programme.
Graduates of the Introductory Course in Philosophy and Psychotherapy, the online course:in Introduction to Community, Philosophy and Psychotherapy (Theory & Practice) and the Courses in Community and Psychotherapy can apply at any later date, since successful applicants are able to join the training at any time of the year.
Application fee £150
Termly fee £450 (plus the cost of personal therapy and supervision)
The training group benefits from students from diverse backgrounds and we are committed to providing inclusive services. The Philadelphia Association is committed to keeping its fees as low as possible and can assist trainees to find affordable therapy and supervision.
11, 25 October
Trump, Johnson, psychotherapy and increasingly unstable notions of masculinity
Exploring our values, and what stops us thinking about them
1, 8 November
Capitalism and the Meaning of the UK's Mental Health Crisis
15, 29 November
Virtue and Character in Psychoanalytic Work
6, 13 December
Homelessness and Psychosis
28, 29th Jan
17, 24, 31 January 2023
The Politics of Clinical Experience
Paul Gurney and Peter Nevins
14, 21, 28 February
Reverie and Dream
The End of Fantasy versus the Fantasy of the End
14, 21 March
The Importance of Boredom
25, 26 March
What are we trying to do with the people who come to see us ?
April 18th, 25th, May 2nd
Getting carried away, carrying on, and carrying on as if we are not people who get carried away and carry on
May 9th and 16th
Friendship, beauty and justice: on being fair
May 23rd, 30th, June 6th
Myth, Psychoanalysis and the Law of the Mother
June 13th and 20th
Homosexuality; Theory, Society’s heteronormativity and understanding the queer experience in the consultation room.
3 June 24th, 25th
The Musical Edge of Therapeutic Experience
Alison Davies and Elie Jesner