The QPPA offers intensive training in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Completion of the training provides the foundation for a lifelong development as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. The successful completion of this training will allow a candidate to apply for full membership of the QPPA.
The training involves the integration of both theoretical and clinical studies. It is generally carried out on a part-time basis in conjunction with the candidate’s daily clinical work. It is estimated to take a minimum of five years, but most candidates take longer.
Applicants for the training should have at least five years postgraduate clinical experience. Sometimes it will be recommended that an applicant have further clinical experience prior to acceptance into the training. Applicants should have a clinical background in psychology, psychiatry, medicine, social work, occupational therapy or counselling. Other appropriate backgrounds may be considered by the Training Sub-Committee.
The training program is run by the QPPA Training Sub-Committee, overseen by the QPPA Management Committee (MC). The Chair of the Training Sub-Committee is generally a MC member and provides direct feedback to it regarding any training developments and on the general progress of candidates.
Currently, the QPPA Training Sub-Committee includes:
- Dr Peter Hengstberger (Chair)
- Ms Margot Lynch
- Dr Thea van Hees
- Dr Yaser Baqir
- Mr Murray Heath
Each candidate is assigned a Mentor for the period they are in training. The Mentor provides direct communication with the Training Sub-Committee, as well as advice and support to the candidate as they progress through the training.