Advanced Psychoanalytic Training

PSYCHOANALYTIC TRAINING PROGRAM

 

Advanced Psychoanalytic Training – After completing the Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy requirements or an equivalent program from outside WCSPP, candidates will have the opportunity to apply to the Advanced Psychoanalytic Training Program and enroll as an Advanced Psychoanalytic Candidate in an individualized program of studies that will result in 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, and organizing one’s professional time.

ADMISSION

Admission is by application and interviews.

PSYCHIATRY: M.D. from an accredited medical school and psychiatric residency. State license is required.
PSYCHOLOGY: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology from an accredited university. State license is required or procured by third year of program.
SOCIAL WORK: M.S.W. or Ph.D.in Social Work from an accredited university. State license required and LCSW is required by third year of program
NURSE PRACTITIONER: N.P. from an accredited university. State license required

REQUIREMENTS

COURSEWORK: 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. Two hundred and forty credits are required to graduate. Each 11-week course is 10 credits, and candidates obtain 60 credits by completing the Foundations Program. These Advanced Psychoanalytic academic requirements will fall into 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

Certain courses from each Domain are required courses for candidates. The clinical case seminars, which are ongoing throughout each academic year, are required for all Advanced candidates. The Historical Study of Psychoanalysis I and II, Transference, Countertransference and one course from each of the Schools of Analytic Theory, Classical, Interpersonal, Object Relations, Self and Relational are required.
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.
Candidates will also choose from an array of courses offered (listed below) at convenient times for both candidates and instructors. 240 Credits are required to be granted a Certificate in Psychoanalysis. At least one course will be given on Tuesdays at 7:00PM.

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 each supervisor to earn credit. It is expected that candidates continue in supervision for the duration of their training. Additional supervision may be required for 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 at least 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 $575 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.

ADVANCED PSYCHOANALYTIC TRAINING PROGRAM COURSES

  • Historical Courses I and II
  • Introduction to Contemporary Freudian Psychoanalytic Technique
  • Development of Freudian Theory
  • Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique
  • Transference
  • Survey on Countertransference
  • Readings in Early Interpersonal Theory
  • Introduction to Self-Psychology
  • British Object Relations Theory
  • Foundations of Relational Theory
  • 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
  • Clinical seminars
  • Electives