Advanced Psychoanalytic Training, “APT”: – After completing the Foundational Principles and Techniques of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Foundational Principles “FPP” requirements, candidates will have the opportunity to enroll as “Advanced Candidates” in an individualized program of studies aimed at preparing students for the highest level of certification in Psychoanalysis. The complex process of developing competence as a psychoanalyst is unique to each candidate, this program is designed to offer significant flexibility in choosing learning formats, course selection and sequencing, as well as in organizing one’s professional time. Advanced Candidates will be joining a “Learning Community” of fellow students pursuing the common goal of personal and professional development, guided by the highly experienced faculty of WCSPP.

A weekly Clinical Case Seminar will be attended by all advanced candidates. This seminar provides the opportunity to bond with and learn from one’s fellow students as well as to be instructed by a senior clinician.

Each year candidates will choose from an array of current course offerings and unique learning formats in order to acquire the credits they need to fulfill the formal requirements for certification. These academic requirements will fall into 4 broad Domains of Study:

A) The History and Theory of Psychoanalysis
B) The Analytic Relationship and Technique
C) The Course of Human Development
D) Electives and/or Independent Study

In each Domain, the curriculum committee will determine the distribution of elective and required credits.

In order to provide individualized guidance and support, each candidate will be assigned a Faculty Advisor, who will help that candidate steer a path that meets their unique learning needs and preferences.



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.

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.


COURSEWORK: A weekly clinical case seminar will be attended by all advanced candidates.  This seminar will be offered on Tuesday evenings at 7PM.  Candidates will also choose from an array of courses offered at convenient times for both candidates and instructors.

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. Additional supervision may be required of some candidates to address their individual training needs.

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.

PERSONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS: Personal psychoanalysis, 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.

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 $75 registration fee for each academic year to cover administrative costs.  Course tuition is $525 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.


Introduction to Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Technique
Development of Freudian Theory
Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique
Clinical Seminar: Introduction to Interpersonal Technique
Harry Stack Sullivan and the Development of Interpersonal Psychoanalysis
Transference Clinical Seminar
Clinical Seminar: Survey on Countertransference
Readings in Early Interpersonal Theory
Clinical Seminar: Working from a Two Person Psychology
Introduction to Self-Psychology
Clinical Seminar: Self-Psychology
British Object Relations Theory
Development and the Sense of Self
Foundations of Relational Theory
Clinical Seminar: Explorations of Contemporary Classical Theory and Technique
Advanced Relational Theory
Contemporary Interpersonal Theory
Gender, Sexuality, and The Body
Clinical Seminar on Dreams
Applications of Relational Psychoanalysis




  1. 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’ clinical work will be discussed.
  2. Continuous Clinical Seminar – A psychoanalytic patient or patients will be followed to demonstrate the unfolding of the analytic process.  A candidate will present material from the beginning of an analysis with a focus on how a psychoanalyst listens, gathers information, and develops an understanding of a patient.  The transition in treatment from psychotherapy to psychoanalysis will be considered with an emphasis on the analytic attitude and unconscious influences.


  1. Development of Freudian Theory – Through the study of Freud’s seminal papers, candidates will learn about Freud’s three successive models of the mind, how his instinct theory evolved, his view of psychosexual development, and his two major theories of anxiety.  The relevance of Freud’s work to current psychoanalytic thinking will be discussed and applied to the clinical material of candidates and the instructor.
  2. Continuous Clinical Seminar 2 – The class will listen to a candidate’s presentation of process material from the early phase of analytic treatment.  The focus will be on deepening an understanding of technical principles such as how, when, and why to respond to the patient in particular ways including consideration of transference, countertransference, ambivalence/resistance and interventions.


  1. Countertransference – Clinical material will be used to explore changing perspectives about countertransference theory from it’s origin in Freud’s early writings to the seminal contributions of today’s influential psychoanalytic thinkers.  Clinical material and candidates’ countertransferences are integral to developing an understanding of ability to work with countertransference.  The class strongly emphasizes an atmosphere of respect and safety in the exploration of these issues.
  2. Continuous Clinical Seminar 3 – Ongoing process from a candidate’s patient is presented to illustrate the early to middle phase of analytic treatment…and to explore further and more complexly the themes developed in the earlier clinical seminars.