Advanced Psychoanalytic Training

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 some degree of flexibility in choosing learning formats, course selection and sequencing, and organizing one’s professional time.


Directors: Judith Berenson, LCSW and John Turtz, PhD
Associate Director: Cynthia Heller, PhD



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.
SOCIAL WORK: M.S.W. or Ph.D. in Social Work from an accredited university. State license required and LCSW is required by the third year of program.
NURSE PRACTITIONER: N.P. from an accredited university. State license is required.



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.

Required courses are the following: 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 Psychology, 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 final approval by the Training Committee.


Tuition: $575 per course per trimester, to be paid prior to the start of each trimester

Administrative fee: $75 per trimester, to be paid at the time of course registration

Individual supervision: $50 per session

Financial assistance may be available on a need documented basis, and individual payment plans may be arranged with prior approval.



  • 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