"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".



The Philadelphia Association study programme includes an Introductory Course in Philosophy and Psychotherapy, an Experiential Course and Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training.

The courses benefit from groups of students from a mix of backgrounds and we are committed to providing inclusive services which embrace diversity and promote equality. 

The Philadelphia Association is committed to keeping its fees as low as possible to allow students living on low incomes to train. Students are welcome to participate in the wider PA community and invited to attend events, seminars and discussions.

A limited number of bursaries are available.

Courses will start remotely this year due to COVID - 19. We are looking at ways of providing the courses safely so that people can meet at the Philadelphia Association's premises in Hampstead. 


This course offers an opportunity to study past and current psychological theories and treatments of human suffering, in conjunction with philosophy, particularly phenomenology and existentialism, as well as ideas drawn from art, literature, the politics of psychiatry, power and lived experience. 

The course consists of a weekly seminar and an experiential group.


For more than fifty years the idea of community has been at the heart of the Philadelphia Association. From the experiment at Kingsley Hall to its current therapeutic households, the Philadelphia Association’s work has always involved a shared attempt to deal with the hardship of emotional distress through the practice of living together

Community as a therapeutic ideal remains as elusive as ever in today’s fragmented, competitive and increasingly digital world. Yet the need for it is more and more urgent. Thinking about community must also involve thinking about how one group impacts, threatens, ignores, deprives another. Inevitably, community presupposes conflict.

Seminars will frame topics to discuss but the heart of the course is experiential, comparative learning about group formats and dynamics – and their relationship to the politics of the wider society.

The course takes place during six weekends over the academic year.



The Philadelphia Association Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy is a one-year practice-oriented course, which offers students the opportunity to develop therapeutic work in community settings. The aim of this course is to develop the idea of community through therapeutic practice. Such work needs resilience and practicality as well as compassion and hope, but it also needs a rigorous and affordable framework of study which this new course offers.

The Diploma is designed to provide both continuing professional development and pathways into community engagement. It takes place during six weekends over the academic year.



The Philadelphia Association offers a training in psychotherapy that is informed both by psychoanalysis and philosophy, in particular phenomenology and existentialism. Our approach asks for a commitment to thoughtfulness and an informed scepticism. We place particular emphasis on the need to attend to the particularity of an individual’s experience, understood within his or her specific social context.

The Philadelphia Association training, which started in 1970, is regarded as an apprenticeship.

The practice of psychotherapy cannot be learned through the acquisition of a body of knowledge. Rather it may be developed through close association with others who are more experienced, through supervision and tutorials and in continuing conversation with others about the nature of the work – what we do and what we think we are doing.

Completion of the training leads to registration with the UKCP