Constitution of Psychotherapy Sussex

 (revised October, 2012)


  1. NAME

The Association shall be called Psychotherapy Susssex.



a. To uphold and further standards of professional competence in the practice of analytic psychotherapy.

b. To promote mutual understanding among the various disciplines of analytic psychotherapy.

c. To improve the technical and professional knowledge of the members in respect of psychotherapy by the arrangement of lectures, seminars and discussion and the interchange of information and opinion.

d. To keep a list of Members, Honorary Members and Student Members of the Association.

e. To provide the medical and other caring professions with a list of people who have completed a professional training in analytic psychotherapy with a reputable organisation.

f. To assist in the referral of patients for psychotherapy.

g. To provide a voluntary service to members' patients in the event of sudden death or incapacitating illness.



The Association shall consist of:

a. Ordinary Members: those who meet the requirements specified herein.

b. Honorary Members: Workers in relevant fields may, at the discretion of the Members, be invited to become Honorary Members of the Association. Members of the Association have the right to put forward names of those whom they consider to be eligible.

Honorary Members do not have voting rights.

c. Retired Members: those Members who retire from active practice, who may no longer be members of any training organisation, nor listed in any of the psychotherapy registers.

d. Student Members: those who are currently in training organisations who meet the membership requirements.



a. Members of the Association have the right to vote at Meetings.

b. Members of every kind shall undertake to abide by the Constitution of the Association.

c. Members shall abide by the ethical codes of the training or accrediting organisations to which they belong. They shall inform the Executive of the outcome of any complaint against them. In the event of being removed from membership of any organisation or from the UKCP or BPC Register, they must inform the Executive and may be required to leave the Association.

d. Members shall only take patients for whom their training, post graduate experience and supervision prepare them to treat.

e. The privileges of membership are not transferable, and a member shall cease to be a member of the Association:

i) By resignation in writing to the Secretary, giving one month's notice.

ii) If the member's subscription shall be an unreasonable time in arrears. By 'unreasonable time' shall generally be intended to mean over three months after the AGM.

iii) If the members shall resolve by a two-thirds majority of the total membership that an individual cease to be a member at the expiration of one month from the service of such resolution signed by the Secretary, or of the rejection of any such appeal submitted by an individual within 21 days from the posting of such a notice.



General meetings shall be held at least once a year to discuss matters of Association business.

A quorum shall consist of not less than 20% of the total number of voting members of the Association.



a) The Officers of the Association shall consist of the Chairperson, Hon. Secretary and

Hon. Treasurer, to be elected bi-annually at the Annual General Meeting. Officers to assume office at the end of the AGM. It may be preferred that the Hon Secretary assume office at the beginning of the next calendar year.

b) The Officers shall be eligible for re-election once after standing down. They would be eligible for re-election to the Executive Committee after two years. 

c) A Programme Sub-Committee consisting of three members shall be appointed annually at the AGM to arrange seminar meetings for the coming year.

d) The members shall appoint other members to fulfil certain functions as need arises.


Broadly speaking, we are an association of therapists registered with the UKCP ot the BPC and qualified to refer to themselves as Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists.
More precisely, we accept members as follows:

Ordinary Membership:

Registrants on the BPC Register (with the exception of those using the title 'psychodynamic psychotherapist') and registrants of the UKCP Psychotherapy Register whose training or accrediting organization is a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis of the UKCP.

Student Membership:

Students whose trainings lead to inclusion on the BPC Register (with the exception of those who will use the title of 'psychodynamic psychotherapist') and registrants of the UKCP Psychotherapy Register whose training or accrediting organization is a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis of the UKCP.

Student Members will have all the rights and responsibilities of ordinary Members except:

i)                    They do not have voting rights.

ii)                   They are not permitted to be members of any committees other than being co-opted members i.e. not full members and non-voting.



There shall be an annual subscription for all members, to be determined at the AGM. There will be a reduced fee for retired and student members. The Hon. Treasurer will present the Accountsat the AGM.



The Officers of the Association shall upon notification from a person designated by the participating member:

a). Convene a small working party to deal with the crisis.

b) Telephone listed patients.

c) Provide to those patients desiring it 1-2 sessions following the loss.

d) Offer assistance in finding another psychotherapist.

Members who wish to participate in the scheme will:

e) Inform their partners or designated person of the arrangements made with the Association and the location of their diary.

f) Inform the Secretary in writing of their wish to be part of the scheme.

g) Keep a separate diary of patient's appointments and the names of the Association Officers to be notified.

h) Indicate whether they wish their notes to be destroyed and where they are to be found if this action is requested.



APPENDICES (Revised July 2007)



Criteria for the Acceptance of Training Organisations in Analytic Individual Psychotherapy


The minimum criteria that any training organisations must meet before its members can join Psychotherapy Sussex would normally be:

1. Courses must offer a three or four year training.

2. Candidates must cover theoretical content which provides a thorough grounding in analytic theory.

3. Throughout the training every trainee must have at least twice weekly therapy with a therapist from one of our accepted organisations, who has five years experience of a minimum of twice weekly work with individual patients.

4. Every trainee must see two patients at least twice weekly for a total of three years between them. These patients must be supervised by two separate supervisors from one of our accepted organisations, each of which must have at least five years experience of a minimum of twice weekly work with individual patients. The first training patient must be supervised individually; the second training patient may be supervised either individually or in  group supervision where the  group has no more than four members.

5.  Courses must demonstrate that their students are trained to work with the transference and that analytic boundaries are entirely respected.

6. Training organisations must be members of either the BPC or the UKCP.

7. Once a training organisation has been accepted, all its members will automatically qualify to become members of Psychotherapy Sussex (unless additional top-up requirements have been specified for a training).




Criteria for the Acceptance of Group Psychotherapy Training Organisations


1. Essential Components of Training:

Personal therapy in a group, theoretical learning, and supervised practice of conducting a group are the three basic training components. Learning in these different modalities should take place simultaneously, with trainees remaining in therapy at least until the completion of theoretical and supervised practice requirements. All courses should require an Introductory year as part of their criteria for admission.


2. Theoretical Course (not including Introductory year):

Essential theory and core concepts covered should include the development and applications of group analytic theory and method, key concepts in psychoanalysis, developmental and social psychology, systems theory and other related theories.

Minimum: Two and a half years.


3. Personal Therapy (not including Introductory year):

Therapy should take place in a group (frequency and spacing of sessions may vary) whose designated aim is a therapeutic one and trainees should remain in this group throughout the training. Groups must be conducted by a qualified and approved group analyst, who must not be the trainee’s supervisor.

Minimum: Three and a half years in a group that meets at least weekly or its equivalent.


4. Supervised practice:

Supervised experience of conducting a once-weekly group of patients for a minimum of two calendar years. Supervision should take place at a reasonable frequency in groups of no more than 4 to 5 trainees and may in addition include telephone conference and individual supervision.


5.  Training organisations must be members of UKCP (PPP section) or BPC.


APPENDIX C (revised January 2010)



  • Bodies recognised by the Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Anna Freud Centre
  • Association of Group and Individual Psychotherapy
  • Bowlby Centre: (is accepted with the requirement of a top-up, the details of which will be decided in each case.)
  • British Association of Psychotherapists
  • Forum for Independent Psychotherapists (previous training with one of the other trainings on this list is required in addition to FIP membership)
  • Goldsmiths, University of London (Group Psychotherapy)
  • Guild of Psychotherapists
  • Guild of Analytical Psychology and Spirituality
  • Institute of Group Analysis
  • Institute of Psycho-Analysis
  • Institute of Psychotherapy and Counselling (WPF) - Full members
  • Lincoln Centre and Institute for Psychotherapy
  • London Centre for Psychotherapy
  • Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy
  • Philadelphia Association
  • Scottish Institute of Human Relations
  • Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
  • Society of Analytic Psychology
  • Tavistock Clinic
  • University of Kent: Masters of Clinical Science in Psychotherapy Studies Course: is accepted for those who have completed the modules Psychoanalytic Practice 2 and the Clinical Elective option of one three times a week patient.
  • Westminster Pastoral Foundation (Psychotherapy Training and Group Training)