It takes place over 3 years of theoretical training, although the complete training also requires the time that the candidate needs to carry out the practical training, consisting of the hours of analysis, supervision, clinical cases, etc. The philosophy of the program is to drive a formative (versus informative) process in which the candidate self-educates his/her:
- Ability to relate to the psychic reality.
- Ability to clearly communicate an insight.
- Competency with dreams and other symbolic materials.
- Understanding of transference and countertransference.
- Knowledge of archetypal symbolism, of the structure and the dynamic of the psyche.
- Diagnostic capability.
- Personal integration.
- Ethical capacity.
- Ability to contain tension and be actively self-reflexive.
The Jungian analyst trained in SEPA is a psychologist or psychiatrist that, owing to the internalisation of theoretical aspects and practices of the Analytical Psychology model, together with the experience of personal analysis, acquires the following abilities:
- Capacity to promote in the analysed client the activation of the individuation process.
- Capacity to create a protected therapeutic atmosphere that enables the development and appearance of the symbolic world of the analysed, via access to the unconscious.
- Capacity to integrate the theoretical and existential aspects of Analytical Psychology, which is central to the process of human encounter that is analysis. This should include an in depth knowledge of phenomena such as transference and countertransference, the transcendent function and others.
Having complied with the training requirements, the candidate will be accredited by SEPA to practice independently as an analytical psychologist.
The program consists of three parts
- Personal analysis: a central aspect in the training that activates the psychological maturity of the candidate. The analysis serves in the development of the personality and the conscious orientation towards the reality of the psyche and its limitations. This work with the candidate’s own psychological reality and its limitations helps to reduce the danger of personal interference, from the analyst’s side, in the work with analyzed clients.
- Theoretical training: the acquisition of a wide range of theoretical knowledge, which is experimented with; a necessity for the professional practice as a future Jungian analyst.
This will be made up of eight core subjects from Analytical Psychology, two optional (from which one will be chosen) and an assignment on symbolism.
- Therapeutic work with patients: carried out under the supervision of didactic analysts. The candidate should carry out a total of 180 hours with three different clients (cases), 50 of which should be in a group setting.
Requirements to be a SEPA candidate analyst
- A university degree is necessary in order to train as a psychotherapist. A bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Medicine and Surgery are considered to be the most adequate to enter the training program.
- Other university degrees – undergraduate and postgraduate – can be considered. Above all, we should remind candidates that in Spain it is not possible to practice as a Clinical Psychologist or Psychotherapy without said degree (Psychologists and Psychiatrists). Even so, the FEAP (Spanish Federation of Psychotherapeutic Associations, which SEPA is part of) does make some exceptions for graduates of other disciplines aside from Psychology and Medicine, to practice as a psychotherapist. However, this is not the most common option nor is it the recommended one to gain access to psychotherapist training. For this reason, those who possess these degrees and opt to be accredited as psychotherapists have to meet the following additional requirements at the end of the training:
- To have carried out in university studies in any faculty in the following disciplines: Developmental Psychology (I and II), Psychology of the Personality, Psychopathology, Evaluation Psychology and Evaluation in Clinical Psychology.
- To have a minimum of experience and training in mental health, in a private or public context, of 10 years in the case of a postgraduate degree, and of 12 years for those with a Bachelor’s degree. Given the long process this training requires in order to become a SEPA analyst (theoretical training, hours of individual analysis, supervision of cases that arises from the necessary clinical practice…) the requirement in this bullet is usually satisfied by the end of the process in order to become a Professional Member of SEPA.
- Aside from the above bullet, the trainee must perform a minimum of 200 hours of practical activities in public or private Mental Health settings, in which he / her may have direct experience of clinical psychopathology, allowing him / her to make direct contact with the different ways mental disorders can manifest, and the range of professionals involved in Mental Health.
- The trainee must have previously carried out a minimum of 50 hours of analysis with a SEPA or IAAP analyst. These hours should be carried out in a minimum time of approximately one year.
Application for candidates
The applicant will fill the online form via SEPA’s website. Then the applicant will apply in writing with a signed and dated document, addressed to the Vice President of Training.
Sociedad Española de Piscología Analítica
Att. Vicepresidenta de Formación
Pz. Gala Placidia 10, 5ª 2ª
The application is to be accompanied by the following information and certificates:
- Personal details.
- A current photograph.
- An autobiography to explain aspects of the candidate’s personal history that could be relevant for the future practice as an analyst.
- Certificate of the hours of analysis carried out with a SEPA or IAAP analyst.
- Professional references.
- Current professional activity (in all areas).
- Education: degree, centre, place and year.
- Psychotherapeutic activities previously carried out.
- Copies of research.
- Creative material in image or photo files.
- Courses y seminars attended, related to Analytical Psychology.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to check the validity, equivalence and approval of their degree, especially if they come from another country.
The deadline for the receipt of applications is .
Program of theoretical training
|Core subjects||Description of knowledge base¹|
|1. Fundamentals of Analytical Psychology||– Structure of the psyche|
– Dynamics of the psyche
– Symbolic life. Alquimia, symbolism
|2. Psychology and dream interpretation||– In theory|
– In psychotherapeutic practice
|3. Psychological interpretation of myths and fairytales||– In theory|
– In psychotherapeutic practice
|4. Psychological interpretation and understanding of pictures and drawings from the unconscious||– In theory|
– In psychotherapeutic practice
|5. The Individuation process and its symbols||– Theory|
– Application of psychotherapeutic methods
|6. Psychopathology and Psychiatry with special attention to the differential diagnostic||– Psychopathology|
– Psychiatric diagnosis
|7. Developmental Psychology||– Newman|
|8. Comparative study on neurosis||– Theory and application in clinical practice|
|9. Comparative study on religions²||– Paper (could serve as Symbolism paper)|
|10. Fundamentals of Ethnology²||– Paper (could serve as Symbolism paper)|
|Written report on supervised cases⁴|
¹ The student receives a description of the knowledge base, including the corresponding bibliography, that should be acquired for each core topic, and which will be assessed at the end.
² Modules 9 and 10 can be optional, depending on the decision of the Training Committee.
³ The Symbolic paper consists of the personal elaboration of a subject that the trainee can demonstrate his / her ability in the understanding and internalization of the symbolic meaning of a myth, fairy tale or particular symbol that appears especially significant.
⁴ The supervision of cases should be carried out individually and in groups. The supervisors must be didactic analysts from SEPA.
*Tutors / teachers are SEPA analysts (didactic or professional members) who support the candidate in his / her analytical training in the chosen subject.
The assessment of future analysts is based on three key areas:
- Personal Ability
- Analytical work with clients, supervised by didactic analysts
When the applicant meets all of the assessment criteria for these three levels he/she will be named Professional Member Analyst of SEPA by the Training Commission.