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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy

Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy

The Medical Psychotherapy Faculty represents the broad range of psychotherapeutic practice within psychiatry.

Its membership consists of psychiatrists who practice psychotherapy as their main therapy or utilise its principles in their work.



Video: What is Medical Psychotherapy?





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Faculty and Executive


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Working in Medical Psychotherapy

This section contains information about Accrediting Organisation for Medical Psychotherapy and CPD (Continuing Professional Development)


Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy Member Support


Further information

Recent advances in knowledge of brain and body functioning are increasingly relevant to the work of medical psychotherapists.

  • This paper highlights some of these significant advances.


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News and events



Medical Psychotherapy Seminar Series: Psychodynamic Psychiatry – working with disturbance, suicide and the effects of abuse within mental health teams.

Date: 8 November 2018 

Venue: London

Information and registration



The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and The Neuropsychoanalysis Society, in association with the Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy.

Title: Neuroscience and psychoanalysis

Date: 13 & 14 October 2018

Venue: London

Information and registration

Course leaflet


NEWSLETTER:  Summer Autumn 2018



COLLEGE REPORT: Report of the Medical Psychotherapy training survey


FACULTY REPORT: Evidence in support of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


OCCASIONAL PAPER:  Learning from the Cradle to the Grave: the psychotherapeutic development of doctors from beginning to end of a career in medicine and psychiatry


OCCASIONAL PAPER: Using formulation in general psychiatric care: good practice


FACULTY REPORT: Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy Position on Electronic Patient Records


FACULTY REPORT: Outcome Measures for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Services


ARTICLE: Psychoanalytic ideas and their place in psychiatry training in the UK and live Twitter chat - The Lancet, August 2014


ARTICLE: Psychiatry, subjectivity and emotion - deepening the medical model - The Psychiatric Bulletin June 2014


NEWS: British Psychoanalytic Council

The BPC now offers accreditation to medical practitioners. Email 

BRIEFING NOTE: Talking Therapies Taskforce



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Any member of the College is eligible to join the Medical Psychotherapy Faculty. Please contact the College Membership Section.