FAQ about training at LSBP

What qualifications do I need to be able to train as a Biodynamic Psychotherapist or Biodynamic Massage Therapist?
Is the LSBP training accredited?
How long is the Biodynamic Psychotherapy Diploma Training?
Why does it take so many years to qualify as a Biodynamic Psychotherapist?
What is the structure of the course?
How big are the training groups?
Where will the training take place?
Can I stay overnight at LSBP during a workshop weekend? 
Can I pay in instalments? 
Is there any financial assistance in terms of loans or scholarships? 
How much writing is involved? 
Apart from the written requirements, are there any other requirements?
How will I be assessed?
Do I have to become a professional Biodynamic Psychotherapist or Massage therapist or can I do the training for personal development?
Will I stay with the same group throughout and will everyone qualify at the same time?
Will I be able to graduate and become UKCP accredited at the end of year 4?
Where will I find psychotherapy clients and how long will it take to complete 450 hours?
Apart from training fees I will need to be in individual psychotherapy. How much will this cost and for how long do I need to be in therapy for?
How much supervision do I need to have and how much will this cost?
How long can I take to complete the training?

















Q: What qualifications do I need to be able to train as a Biodynamic Psychotherapist or Biodynamic Massage Therapist?

A: The LSBP Diploma training in Biodynamic Psychotherapy is a post-graduate Diploma training. As a UKCP accredited training school the level of the teaching is equivalent to an MA level course. To enter the Diploma Course, students usually have a relevant university degree or a professional qualification in the helping professions. However, others should not be discouraged from applying, as their life and work experience may be seen as adequate qualification for entering the course.

Students will need to have completed the Basic and Advanced Certificate Course in Biodynamic Massage (year 1) before they can enter into year 2 of the Diploma training. You will find further information about our criteria in the Diploma training – admission section.

Admission to the Basic Certificate Course in Biodynamic Massage will be based on your application form and interview. No previous qualifications are required, but applicants need to have a certain degree of emotional maturity, be able to fulfil the financial commitment and have competency in written and spoken English.

LSBP accepts people for interview, independent of their gender, religion, sexual orientation, racial or cultural background, and the details of their history.

Q: Is the LSBP training accredited?

A: Graduates of the LSBP Diploma training can apply for UKCP accreditation. UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) is a membership organisation with over 75 training and listings organisations and over 7,000 individual practitioners.  www.psychotherapy.org.uk

Biodynamic Massage course graduates are allowed to practice as Biodynamic Massage Practitioners. They can apply for membership to ABMT (Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapist www.abmt.org.uk ). ABMT represents Biodynamic Massage therapists at a national level with national bodies such as the General Council for Massage Therapies (GCMT) and the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).

Q: How long is the Biodynamic Psychotherapy Diploma Training?

A: The Diploma course in Biodynamic Psychotherapy is 6 years. 4 years for the workshop programme and 2 years Advanced Programme (only 6 days per year)

Q: Why does it take so many years to qualify as a Biodynamic Psychotherapist?                           Top

A: To become a fully qualified Biodynamic practitioner requires much more than simply learning techniques and remembering theory. The student is on a therapeutic journey of their own and gradually, over time, changes will take place within their mind and body, deepening their understanding and insight into themselves and others. Physiological and postural changes can take place in the student and there is an awakening of energy and aliveness in the body/mind.

To qualify as a Biodynamic psychotherapist, the students’ theoretical understanding of Biodynamic theory has to become congruent with the techniques they are learning and fully embodied, so that the they are living what they practice...’walking their talk’, so to speak! All of this needs sufficient time to assimilate, integrate, demonstrate and develop.

Q: What is the structure of the course?

A: Year 1 consists of the Basic and Advanced Biodynamic Massage Certificate courses. The Basic Course runs either over 9 weekends (Sat and Sun) once a month, with 4 extra weekends of Anatomy and Physiology teaching or as a weekly training over 22 Thursday evenings and 1 full training day + 4 weekends of Anatomy and Physiology. Saturday mornings are for check-in and group supervision. The rest of the weekend is used for learning one of the 9 Biodynamic massage methods. (108 hrs + 48 hrs Anatomy and Physiology)

The Advanced Certificate course in Biodynamic Massage runs over 4 weekends or 12 weekday evenings. (48 hrs)

Years 2,3 and 4 of the Diploma course are structured as 11, 3-day workshops in London, approximately one weekend a month, all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a week-long summer residential in France, where LSBP students join the French Biodynamic school. The Friday is usually kept for lectures and group supervision. The Saturday and Sunday are for experiential learning of different aspects of the Biodynamic work, personal process and group dynamics.

Q: How big are the training groups?                                                                                               Top

A: the LSBP groups are small, usually between 6 – 10 students. Each Massage or Diploma course usually has an assistant who will be with the group for every workshop.  There is, therefore, plenty of personal attention.

In the Diploma training you will also have a personal tutor and a tutorial every term. (included in the course fee). 

Q: Where will the training take place?

A: All the teaching workshops for the Massage and the Diploma training will take place at the LSBP premises in Archway, North London. For the Diploma students there also will be a 1 week summer residential in France where LSBP students join the French Biodynamic school for an intensive, experiential and extremely enjoyable week.

Q: Can I stay overnight at LSBP during a workshop weekend? 

A: Unfortunately we can’t offer overnight stay at LSBP. Quite a few of our students have come from afar or from abroad. They have managed to make their own arrangements for overnight stay.

Q: Can I pay in instalments? 

A: Yes, there are different options for payment. Payment of the full fee, quarterly payments,or monthly payments by standing order. There is a small surcharge for standing order payments.

Q: Is there any financial assistance in terms of loans or scholarships? 

A: Unfortunately we can’t offer any financial assistance apart from the option to pay in instalments. Some students have taken out a career development loan towards the end of their Diploma training, but most students have financed the course by themselves.

Q: How much writing is involved?                                                                                                  Top

A: In the Diploma training you will have to write 3 or 4 essays per year (around 2,000 - 3,000 words per essay). One of the year 4 essays consists of a 5,000 word psychotherapy case study. The Diploma assessment asks for a 10,000 word case study and a 5,000 word personal development paper.

Massage course: You will have to write a 3,000 word massage case study for the Basic Certificate Course in Biodynamic Massage and a 4,000 - 5,000 word massage case study and essay for the Advanced Certificate Course in Biodynamic Massage.

Essays and case studies will be marked by two markers.

Q: Apart from the written requirements, are there any other requirements?

A: Diploma training – requirements apart from writing essays:

  • attend the full workshop programme
  • receive 40 hours of individual psychotherapy per year
  • do a research project
  • give book presentations
  • complete a 20 day Mental Health familiarisation placement
  • complete 450 hours of psychotherapy practice, including at least 80 hours with one client and 50 hours with another under the requisite supervision (see also Diploma – requirements section)

Massage Certificate courses – requirements apart from writing essays:

  • attend full workshop programme
  • receive 20 (Basic) or 15 (Advanced) biodynamic massages/therapy from a Biodynamic psychotherapist
  • manage a 6 (Basic) or 10 (Advanced) sessions massage case study under supervision
  • give 20 massage sessions (Basic and Advanced) excluding case study. (See info Certificate courses in Biodynamic Massage)

Q: How will I be assessed?                                                                                                            

There is a review at the end of every year where you reflect on your own progress and receive feedback from your peers. The Training Committee will write a written report on your progress, based on your personal and professional development. Learning outcomes per year/course are set out in the Student Handbook.

Q: Do I have to become a professional Biodynamic Psychotherapist or Massage therapist or can I do the training for personal development?

A: The LSBP Diploma is a professional training and fulfils all the UKCP requirements. The focus of the training is on helping students develop the skills and expertise to become embodied professional psychotherapists. However, some students choose to do the training for their personal development only.  In such a situation, you would be able to complete the workshop programme and receive a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of the Workshop Programme without having to do any clinical practice. You will not be able to apply for the Diploma in Biodynamic body psychotherapy without having completed the clinical practice.

Basic and Advanced Certificate courses in Biodynamic Massage – Students can take these courses for personal development and pleasure. Assessments which qualify you as professional practitioners are optional.

Q: Will I stay with the same group throughout and will everyone qualify at the same time?            Top

A: You will be taught in the same group over the 3 years of the Diploma training (Years 2 – 4) and you will follow the same programme. This set-up supports a "safe space" for deep personal exploration.

Authorisation to see psychotherapy clients will be given on an individual basis and will depend on the student’s personal and professional development. In order to qualify and graduate you will have to have given 450 supervised psychotherapy sessions. Each student will achieve this at their individual pace.

You will stay in the same group for the Basic Certificate course in Biodynamic Massage, but the group is likely to change when you progress into the Advanced Certificate course or the Diploma training. The Basic and Advanced certificate courses can count as year 1 of the Diploma course.

Q: Will I be able to graduate and become UKCP accredited at the end of year 4?

A: Most students will not have completed their 450 supervised clinical client hours necessary for Diploma assessment and UKCP registration by the end of the workshop programme, although it is possible to achieve this. There will be an Advanced Programme with focus on clinical practice, consisting of 6 teaching days per year to support advanced students throughout this final stage of learning.

Q: Where will I find psychotherapy clients and how long will it take to complete 450 hours?

A: the speed by which one accumulates 450 clinical hours is dependent on each student’s personal and professional development. We encourage students, who have been authorised to see psychotherapy clients, to do voluntary placements in order to gain confidence and build up their clinical hours. Students can also work in the student clinic as a way of gaining experience and meeting clients.

Q: Apart from training fees I will need to be in individual psychotherapy. How much will this cost and for how long do I need to be in therapy for?                                                                                       Top

A: Diploma training - You will need to receive weekly individual therapy with a UKCP registered Biodynamic psychotherapist throughout until graduation, for 40 hours per year. The student’s personal development is a fundamental element in their training. Psychotherapists have different fees, but are likely to range between £45 - £55 per session for students.

Students in the Basic and Advanced Certificate courses in Biodynamic Massage need to receive 20 massages (Basic) and 15 massages/psychotherapy sessions (Advanced). Cost between £35 - £55.

Q: How much supervision do I need to have and how much will this cost?

A: During the workshop programme weekends you will receive group supervision for any practice sessions you have done with your peers or family and friends. In the massage courses you will receive individual supervision for your case studies (included in the price). After the massage course has ended and once you work professionally with massage clients you will also need to have individual supervision. When you are authorised to see psychotherapy clients you will have to follow the supervision ratio as spelled out in the student handbook. Individual supervision costs £45 - £55 per session. You can organise group supervision with a qualified Biodynamic supervisor (max of 4 in group).

Q: How long can I take to complete the training?

A: Diploma training - During your time as an LSBP student, you are under the auspices of LSBP. You will have 2 years after the end of the workshop programme to qualify and graduate. Unless an extension had been granted, your contract with LSBP will finish and LSBP will no longer be responsible for your work. You will only be able to present yourself as a biodynamic psychotherapist when you are fully qualified.

B: Massage training – Basic Certificate course students have 6 months after the end of the workshop programme to complete and graduate. For the Advanced course this is 9 months. Extensions can be requested.

Those who have left before graduation are welcome to re-engage with LSBP at any time in the future. 

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