Modified Entry Training Scheme

The Northern Ireland Psychoanalytic Society (NIPaS) offers a Modified Entry Scheme of training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with Adults.

Who is it for?

The aim of this scheme is to enable qualified child and adolescent psychotherapists (members of the Association of Child Psychotherapists) and experienced adult psychotherapists who are not registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) to complete a shortened top-up training as adult psychoanalytic psychotherapists eligible for registration with the BPC.

Successful completion of the Modified Entry training leads to full Membership of NIPaS as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and thus to registration with the BPC for work with adults.

Eligibility to apply

  • Applicants shall have undergone a personal analysis, equivalent to that required for the NIPaS Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (i.e., four or five times per week, throughout the training, with an approved training therapist/analyst). If not, they shall be required to have intensive personal psychotherapy with a training therapist/analyst approved by NIPaS for the duration of their NIPaS training. In any case, all applicants are strongly recommended to continue in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a training therapist/analyst approved by NIPaS until at least the completion of their NIPaS training.

  • Applicants who have not gained sufficient psychiatric experience with adults during their previous work or training shall be required to undertake this during the course of their NIPaS training.

  • Applicants shall be required to demonstrate a suitable aptitude to undertake and sustain intensive psychotherapeutic work with adults, assessed normally by two application interviews and a presentation of their clinical work to a small panel.

The Training

The curriculum of the NIPaS Modified Entry Training Scheme shall be personalized to meet the experience and requirements of the individual trainee.

The Scheme is based on the following core elements (as well as the personal psychotherapy):

  • Clinical work consisting of intensive (minimum three-times-weekly) individual psychotherapy, under individual weekly supervision with an approved supervisor, with two training patients, one of each sex, one for two years and one for eighteen months. Training cases may be drawn from the trainee’s current practice.

  • Clinical seminars, fortnightly and on three Saturdays per term, until qualification.

  • Theory seminars as required by the Training Committee (including compulsory seminars on Assessment and Professional Ethics).

  • Successful presentation to a panel (which shall include a majority of panellists drawn from BPC organizations other than NIPaS) of a final Reading-in Paper, demonstrating the integration of theory with clinical work.

Entry into the Scheme is possible at the beginning of each term. Participants shall join the established ongoing seminars as appropriate, alongside the students on the normal NIPaS training.

While it is possible to complete the Modified Entry Training in two years, where both training cases are treated concurrently, trainees on this scheme will normally be expected to complete their training within four years.

If you wish to find out more, or are considering applying to the NIPaS Modified Entry Scheme, please contact in the first instance one of the NIPaS officers listed below:

Dr Richard Ingram (Chair of NIPaS)
Dr Peter Torney (Hon. Secretary NIPaS)
Prof Bernard Cullen (Chair of the NIPaS Training Committee)