PSYCHOANALYTIC TRAINING PROGRAM
This program is designed to provide candidates a firm grounding in psychoanalytic theory and practice upon which they can develop their own styles as psychoanalysts.
• PSYCHIATRY: M.D. from an accredited medical school and psychiatric residency. State license procured or license eligible.
• PSYCHOLOGY: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.
• SOCIAL WORK: M.S.W. or Ph.D.
in Social Work from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.
• NURSE PRACTITIONER: N.P. from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.
• Other MENTAL HEALTH professionals from accredited programs, Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist. State license procured or license eligible.
Admission is by application and interviews. Applications should be submitted by June 1 of the academic year. Each applicant must have current professional liability insurance.
• PERSONAL ANALYSIS: Personal analysis, the foundation of a psychoanalytic education, must be concurrent with training and begin by January of the first year in the program. The minimum requirement is 400 hours with 200 hours of at least three sessions per week and 200 hours of at least two sessions per week.
A training analyst at WCSPP must be a graduate of a recognized institute program in psychoanalysis and have five years of experience beyond certification. Analysts trained outside WCSPP must be approved by the Training Committee. Training analysts do not participate in administrative decisions about the candidate nor do they report on the candidate’s progress.
• SUPERVISION: Supervision of 200 hours must be distributed among at least four faculty supervisors. Candidates are required to treat at least two training patients and have at least 40 hours with the same supervisor to earn credit. It is expected that candidates continue in supervision for the duration of their training. An additional year (40 hours) of supervision is required with a candidate in, or graduate of, the WCSPP Supervisory Training Program at no cost. Candidates have the option of working with a faculty supervisor at the usual fee if a supervisor-in-training or graduate is not available. Additional supervision may be required of some candidates to address their individual training needs.
• COURSE WORK: The four year academic program is organized as a trimester system with two courses per trimester. Each course meets for one hour and twenty minutes for 11 weeks; classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 10 PM. On the twelfth Tuesday of each trimester candidates attend a Town Meeting where WCSPP candidates, graduates, and faculty assemble for discussion.
• CLINICAL REQUIREMENT: Candidates are required to provide psychoanalytic treatment to at least two training patients at a minimum of two times per week throughout their training. Training patients are assigned through the Psychotherapy Service. Upon graduation, training patients may be transferred to the candidate’s private practice.
• REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION: Candidates are
required to successfully complete course work and supervision, fulfill the personal psychoanalysis requirement, and be granted the final approval of the Training Committee.
• FEES: There is an annual $100 registration fee for each academic year to cover administrative costs. Course tuition is $450 per course per trimester; tuition
is to be paid prior to the start of each trimester. If needed, individual payment plans can be arranged with prior approval. Supervision is $50 per individual session.
PSYCHOANALYTIC TRAINING PROGRAM COURSES
Courses are designated as F (fall), W (winter) and S (spring).
• 101 F Principles of Psychoanalysis – This course will introduce candidates, through selected readings, to central ideas in the field of psychoanalysis. Most classes will be led by a different faculty member each week, thereby providing candidates with an opportunity to become acquainted with our faculty. The seminar will be focused on both theoretical and clinical issues. Case material will be provided by faculty and candidates.
Syllabi Available to Download 101F Principles of Psychoanalysis, Wald
• 102 F Introduction to Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Technique –
This course will provide an overview of the basic technical concepts that characterize a uniquely psychoanalytic vision of the therapeutic process. The meaning and utility of free-association, transference, resistance and countertransference will be reviewed with special regard to their importance in the opening phase of treatment.
Syllabi Available to Download 102F Intro to Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Technique, Constance Haslett
• 103 W Development of Freudian Theory – Through the study of Freud’s seminal papers, candidates will learn about Freud’s three successive models of the mind (the affect-trauma model, the topographic model, and the structural model), how his instinct theory evolved, his view of psychosexual development, and his two major theories of anxiety. The applicability of Freud’s work to current psychoanalytic thinking will be discussed and applied to the clinical material of students and instructor.
Syllabi Available to Download 103W Development of Freudian Theory, Levy
• 104 W Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique – This course offers an historical perspective on the origins of psychoanalytic technique.
Syllabi Available to Download 104W Evolution of PSA Technique, Behr
• 105 S Clinical Seminar: Introduction to Interpersonal Technique – Harry Stack Sullivan’s theoretical emphasis on interpersonal experience greatly expanded psychoanalytic technique. This course will introduce the key concepts that Sullivan first formulated to organize his “practical” approach to “interviewing.” His theoretical themes will be used to anchor and illuminate weekly class discussion of candidates’ clinical work.
Syllabi Available to Download 105S Intro Interpersonal Technique, Zuckerman
• 106 S Harry Stack Sullivan and the Development of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis – This course considers the origins of interpersonal psychoanalysis. It focuses on the historical and clinical contexts in which Sullivan’s work evolved, on his core metapsychological, developmental and clinical conceptualizations, and on his lasting influence.
Syllabi Available to Download 106S Development of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Mendelsohn
• 201 F Clinical Seminar: Transference – This course provides an integration of seminal and contemporary theoretical readings on transference with clinical applications. The focus is on early theoretical understandings of transference. Examples of transference from the candidates’ cases will be discussed.
Syllabi Available to Download 201F Transference Clinical Seminar, Knoll
• 202 F Freud’s Clinical Writings – This course examines the development of Freud’s thought through a reading of his major case studies and other clinical writings. Readings will also include commentaries and re-evaluations of these classic writings by more contemporary psychoanalytic authors.
Syllabi Available to Download 202F Freud Clinical Writings, Tholfson
• 203 W Readings in Early Interpersonal Theory – This course examines the work of early interpersonalists who laid the groundwork for and expanded theoretical and clinical applications of interpersonal psychoanalysis. It includes an examination of the work of Fromm, Horney and Thompson as well as subsequent writers who formed a bridge to contemporary interpersonal theory.
Syllabi Available to Download 203W Early Interpersonal Theory, Spitz
• 204 W Clinical Seminar: Working from a Two-Person Psychology – The focus of this course will be on the mysteries of the psychoanalytic process, the manner in which enactments are played out within the transference-countertransference matrix, and the concept of the unconscious from an interpersonal perspective.
Syllabi Available to Download 204W Interpersonal Case Seminar, Turtz
• 205 S Clinical Seminar: Explorations of Contemporary Thought and Technique– This course develops further the concepts of conflict, compromise formation, unconscious processes, transference, countertransference, listening, and interventions.
Syllabi Available to Download 205S Explorations Contemp Classical Theory Technique, Caspe
• 206 S Dream Analysis – This course combines a didactic and theoretical approach to dream analysis. Freudian theoretical and technical foundations of dream interpretation will be emphasized. Clinical presentations will be used to sensitize candidates to understanding the language of the unconscious.
Syllabi Available to Download 206S Dream Analysis, Hartman
• 301 F Clinical Seminar: Survey on Countertransference – Case material will be used to explore changing perspectives about countertransference theory from its origin in Freud’s early writings to the seminal contributions of today’s most influential psychoanalytic thinkers. As clinical material and participants’ own countertransferences are integral to developing an understanding of and ability to work with countertransference, there is strong emphasis upon maintaining a respectful, safe and encouraging atmosphere in which this work can take place.
Syllabi Available to Download 301F Survey on Countertransference, Knoll
• 302 F British Object Relations Theory – This course explores the origins of Object Relations Theory, reviewing the work of Melanie Klein, Donald Winnicott, Ronald Fairbairn and W.R. Bion. Clinical application is emphasized, using case vignettes presented by the instructor and class members.
Syllabi Available to Download 302F British Object Relations, Hartman
• 303 W Development and the Sense of Self – This course is designed to acquaint candidates with ideas associated with the self. Beginning with the self as a product of the individual’s biologically based development and incorporating infant research, attachment theory, systems theory and, to a lesser extent, neuropsychology, the course reconsiders classical, object relations and self psychology psychoanalytic theories of development.
Syllabi Available to Download 303W Development and the Sense of Self, Zinman
• 304 W Foundations of Relational Theory – This course will address a number of the seminal contributions to relational theory, both past and present. After a review of the object relations theorists who provided the historical antecedents of the relational opus (Klein, the Contemporary Kleinians, Ferenczi, Fairbairn and Winnicott) the course will consider the works of current relational thinkers, including Aron, Bromberg, Davies, Ghent, Ogden, Skolnick and Slochower. Basic concepts of relational theory will be covered, including intersubjectivity, enactment and multiplicity.
Syllabi Available to Download 304W Foundations of Relational Theory, Emi Bromberg
• 305 S Introduction to Self Psychology – Kohut’s seminal ideas and their extension by later theorists into the broader concepts of contemporary self psychology are examined with particular emphasis on changes in analytic technique.
Syllabi Available to Download 305S Introduction Self Psychology, Hagman
• 306 S Clinical Seminar: Self-Psychology – This course is organized around the presentation of case material by candidates. Using clinical material from ongoing therapy cases, candidates learn how to organize and present their work in a way that best illustrates the actual workings of self-psychological analysis.
Syllabi Available to Download 306S Clinical Seminar Self Psychology, Bronson
• 401 F Advanced Relational Theory – The course will review the theoretical and clinical relational literature. It will refer to the work of contemporary relational authors, including Mitchell, Hoffman, Davies, Bromberg and Maroda.
Syllabi Available to Download 401F Advanced Relational Theory, Rehm
• 402 F Contemporary Interpersonal Theory – This course highlights the unique contributions of the varying interpersonal perspectives, with emphasis on the self, the interplay of transference and countertransference, and the nature of the therapeutic process.
Syllabi Available to Download 402F Contemporary Interpersonal Theory, Katz
• 403 W Advanced Clinical Seminar on Dreams – Contemporary theories of dream analysis will be explored and applied to candidates’ clinical work. This course compares the different theories and techniques that psychoanalysts currently utilize in their work with dreams.
Syllabi Available to Download 403W Advanced Seminar Dreams, Gitlin
• 404 W Comparative Psychoanalytic Case Studies – This course presents a comparison of different schools of psychoanalytic thought. Published case studies are used to explore theoretical perspectives.
Syllabi Available to Download 404W Comparative Psychoanalytic Case Studies, Rifkin Messer & Shaw Messer
• 405 S Elective – Applications of Relational Theory and Clinical Work – Taught in a flexible seminar format, this course explores relational thinking about a broad range of topics, including, the body, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, erotic transference and countertransference, race, culture, class, and trauma. At times it has also covered aspects of attachment, psychoanalysis and religion, and the impact of globalization in the consulting room. The focus is in part shaped by the candidates’ interests and needs in this, their last, semester of analytic training.
Syllabi Available to Download 405S Applications of Relational Analysis, Bushra
• 406 S Elective – Arranged by class, with instructor and topic of their choice.
Syllabi Available to Download 406S Listening for Libido, Gitlin
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“My decision to train at WCSPP was one of the best of my life, as it expanded my understanding of psychodynamics, exposed me to contemporary psychoanalytic thought, and was the beginning of many friendships—ones that continue today.” – Kate Washton, LCSW