BECOME A STUDENT IN PSYCHO-SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
Professional Training Course in Depth Psychology
The Institute for Psycho-Systems Analysis (IPSA), founded in 1988 by Steven T Richards and Pauline Richards, is offering Apex level professional training in Psycho-Systems Analysis, leading to external accreditation in Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, and Clinical Psychophysiology.
Psycho-Systems Analysis is the original and ground-breaking development in Scientific, Systems-Based Medical-Holism, synthesized with Jungian-based Depth Psychology, Respiratory Psychophysiology and Hypnotherapy. Representing the New-Paradigm, 21st Century, model of Clinical Psychophysiology: a non 'psycho-reductive' approach to Psychotherapy that's firmly on-side with the emerging field of Neuropsychoanalysis.
If you'd like to apply for Professional Training, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
An up-to-date CV
Your academic transcripts
2 referees with email and phone contact details
A statement of intent, in .doc or .pdf form, explaining why you believe you are a good fit for the program - allow your own psyche to guide you in writing this.
If successful, you will be required to attend an interview with either James or Yuliya Dowling.
If we believe we would be a good fit working together, then you will be enrolled in the course.
Our most recent Cadre - Cadre 5 - began their training in September 2022: we are open for inquiries about the next batch of training, or, whichever form of enrollment might be appropriate for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out.
The course is 3 years long. Each year will grant you a unique diploma.
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy [Neurohypnoanalysis] (DCH[N])
Diploma in Depth Psychology (DDP)
Diploma in Psycho-Systems Analysis (Dip.PSA)
After earning your DCH[N], you are welcome to apply for Member of the Institute for Psycho-Systems Analysis (MIPSA) status.
DCP graduates may apply for Member of the ICSP (International Society for Clinical Psychophysiology ISCP status) - under their local territorial Chapter.
Each diploma level contains the last, and builds upon it, but each is also a self-contained, stand-alone qualification.
There is also a Teaching Diploma in Psycho-Systems Analysis (TDPSA) and a Diploma in Clinical Supervision (DCS) available as part of the course.
We are currently accepting applications for the fifth Cadre of students.
For our initial Cadre of students, education is delivered through live seminars, conducted via Zoom. These typically last 3-4 hours, and the students have full opportunity to ask questions as they go. For yourself (and the second, third and fourth Cadres), you will have access to these seminar recordings, along with the downloadable resources discussed within, made available through Thinkific, and accessed via your own private login.
We will host a group study session, once a week, from 2pm - 5pm UK time on a Wednesday, to discuss the contents of each seminar, so your education will be paced organically, giving yourself time for private study. You will also have full access to the library of Cadre 2, 3 and 4 seminars; the specific details on this are listed below.
Communication is handled via Discord, through which you will have regular contact with Steve, Pauline and James, as well as the other students from the first, second, third and fourth cadres of students. The Team's DMs are always left open for questions you may have.
Each month, you will be required to submit a Student Journal, wherein you are given creative freedom in how you wish to document your progression through the course, including self-development (no self-disclosure required) and Co-Therapy conducted with other students on the course.
Each year, it is recommended that you attend our Summer School in the UK, which lasts for 3 weeks and will guide you through demonstration of in-person clinical skills with Steven and Pauline. This is, of course, pandemic-dependent.
You will be required to reach 450 practicum hours before being accredited in the UK - full supervision will be provided for these as and when you require them.
As we find ourselves under geographical restrictions due to the current pandemic, we expect in time that, for UK students, the course will be conducted in-person. However, this will not be a requirement.
APPLYING FROM THE UK?
Our courses and practicum requirements will fulfil the criteria for entry to UK Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. Accredited Registers in:
APPLYING FROM ANOTHER REGION?
Our team is currently hard at work to gain external accreditation recognition in the following regions. If you're outside of the UK, and have any questions on this, please inquire at email@example.com for further information. We have many students from each of these regions who have already signed on, as pioneers of IPSA in each of these territories.
The course exceeds the requirements of the National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy “SFHCNH23 Provide Hypnotherapy to Clients”.
The course involves 902 hours of Notional Learning Hours (NLH) equivalent to Ofqual Level 6 and higher, 270 hours of Tutor Contact Time including a 30 hour Summer School over one week, and 588 hours of Self-Study. The course progresses, over years 2 and 3, for the full qualification in Psycho-Systems Analysis, to the equivalent of Ofqual Level 7 and 8.
Students take on an active caseload with appropriate clinical supervision and supervised personal development.
Assessment is continuous, with each of the core seminars being followed by a self-assessment quiz, and a formal assignment to complete.
The emphasis of the course is on producing highly skilled clinicians, who meet with all professional requirements for continuing professional development supervision and indemnity insurance.
Successful completion of the course will confer eligibility to apply for Registered Member status on the National Council for Integrative Psychotherapists (NCIP) and subject to completion of required supervised client contact hours and continuing professional development, entry to the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register, for Hypnotherapy.
This route allows our graduates an independent accreditation pathway, separate from our role as a training organisation in Hypnotherapy and Psycho-Systems Analysis Psychotherapy.
- UK National Occupational Standards for Hypnotherapy
- The History of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
- Professional Ethics and Clinical Practice. Practice Management and Career Development
All Major Schools of Psychotherapy
All Major approaches to Hypnotherapy
Relevant Medical and Psychiatric Conditions
Contraindications for treatment
False Memory Syndrome
Referral Guidelines, to and from, other Healthcare Professionals
" IPSA has been life-changing for me. The fact that we’re taught such a comprehensive model of psychotherapy, that includes hypnotherapy, depth psychology and clinical physiology, is absolutely amazing. I was looking forward to joining a Jungian institute, but I’m so grateful that fate introduced me to IPSA first. I’m close to Jungian theory, but not blinded by it… Thank you!"
— Cadre 1 Student
" I will always be grateful for the opportunity to study at IPSA. The team has been supportive, motivating, and informative throughout my training in order for me and the rest of the students at IPSA, to become the best Psychotherapists that we can be. When it comes to personal development, practical skills, and knowledge of Depth Psychology, I already learned more than I could have imagined before the start of my training. The self-development that we undergo, and skills which we use, such as self-hypnosis, have improved relating to myself and others. I respect and wholeheartedly support IPSA and the team. They have and continue to do an excellent job in helping people follow their calling as Depth Psychologists."
— Cadre 3 Student
" This has been without a doubt the best investment of time and energy I could have made. Simply through the perspective of personal development, studying with IPSA, alongside a cadre of people also engaged in the process, has been more effective for genuine personal development than any of the self help ideologies I had attempted to follow over the previous 5 years.
From the standpoint of clinical practice, I have seen IPSA help both myself and others quickly, and with lasting long term results. Simply put, the method works.The focus early in the course on hypnosis, compassion & rapport and personal development sets IPSA apart from many of the more academic courses, and instead focuses on something that creates far more effective therapists; learning to look at the patient for who they are.
I can’t recommend IPSA highly enough and I truly believe this to be the best possible future of mental healthcare. I’d recommend anyone with the character and calling toward depth psychology to join. The experience isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely worth it."
— Cadre 1 Student
In our applicants, we are looking for personal qualities above anything else.
A Postgraduate level of education is preferable, however, this is not a requirement.
If you feel a calling towards depth psychology, regardless of academic background, you are encouraged to apply.
The course is separated into 3 years, to be studied cumulatively, with each awarding you a standalone diploma. For each year of study, the fee is £5,500 (GBP). You will be invoiced directly for each payment. This can be paid flexibly, either:
Six months apart
Three months apart
One month apart
Please note, we reserve the right to not offer refunds, but we won't charge you beyond the tuition that you have received.
THE FOUNDERS OF IPSA
Born in 1957, Steve is a lifelong student of the work of Carl Gustav Jung. Co-Founder of Psycho-Systems Analysis Psychotherapy (1989). Over 40 years of Psychotherapy experience in the UK NHS and in Private Practice. Family Friend of Franz Jung, only Son of Carl Gustav Jung. Clinical Fellow in Neuropsychoanalysis.
Born in 1961, Pauline has been a student of Carl Gustav Jung since the early 1980s'. Co-Founder of Psycho-Systems Analysis Psychotherapy (1989). Over 40 years of Psychotherapy experience in the UK NHS and in Private Practice. Family Friend of Franz Jung, only Son of Carl Gustav Jung. Clinical Fellow in Neuropsychoanalysis.
In addition to Steve and Pauline Richards, the Board at IPSA includes
Prof. Erik Goodwyn, MD, is Clinical Faculty at the Billings Clinic, part of the WWAMI University of Washington School of Medicine--Billings Montana affiliate, Department of Psychiatry and Clerkship for Medical Education at University of Washington and Pacific Northwest University.
Born in 1996, James is a Depth Psychologist, Molecular Biologist and the Apprentice to Steve and Pauline Richards in Psycho-Systems Analysis. Member of the National Council for Psychotherapists and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Clinical Fellow in Neuropsychoanalysis. IPSA Accredited Supervisor recognition.
Born 1994, Gareth is a Psychotherapist and Head of Coaching and Personal Training at IPSA. Member of the National Council for Psychotherapists and Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Member of the Neuropsychoanalysis Association. IPSA Accredited Supervisor recognition.