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

About us - Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy


  • a dandelion - Faculty of Medical PsychotherapyTo advance both within and without the college all modalities of psychotherapy (cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic and systemic) as an integral part of psychiatry.
  • To improve public knowledge of psychotherapy in the treatment of mental illness.
  • To increase theoretical and clinical knowledge of psychotherapy in the training of psychiatrists.
  • To promote research in psychotherapy.

The psychotherapy faculty advances these aims by:

  • Fostering the establishment of Consultant Medical Psychotherapy posts, and development of psychotherapy departments in all Mental Health units.
  • Ensuring representatives are on appropriate committees in the College.
  • Having an active psychotherapy training committee developing and monitoring standards of psychotherapy training.
  • Responding to documents of relevance to psychotherapy, for example from the Department of Health.
  • Working with other organisations involved in the development of psychological treatments such as the British Psychological Society and the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.
  • Arranging annual conferences on topics of interest.





Executive Committee


The work of the Faculty is led by the Executive Committee. The committee includes 12 members elected by College membership including the chair, the vice-chair and financial officer. Elections are run by the Electoral Reform Society and only members of the College may vote or hold office. A number of members are co-opted to the Executive Committee; these include representatives from national jurisdictions, trainees and experts by experience. The roles of Academic Secretary, Public Education Officer, Newsletter Editor and Website Editor are held by both elected and co-opted members. The Executive Committee meets four times a year and holds Residential/Academic meetings and formal business meetings for all members.


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News and events

NEWSLETTER:  Winter/Spring 2018



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.