The Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program
is designed for psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, clinical psychologists
and advanced clinical social workers who seek greater
expertise in treating people whose psychological conflicts interfere
with their ability to find satisfaction in working, loving and living.
While clinical work in psychoanalysis requires specific technical
skills, it also comprises an attitude of intellectual and emotional
openness toward the full range of human experience. This is based
in a spirit of scientific curiosity about the accumulated and emerging
body of psychoanalytic knowledge, and a deep, lasting commitment
to patient care.
The Institute emphasizes a modern conflict model
of psychoanalysis centered in the continuing revisions in theory and technique
since Freud's pioneering discoveries. The curriculum
includes the study of early and contemporary contributions
to the field, paying close attention to their application to varied
clinical problems. Candidates and faculty work together in a spirit
of open and critical inquiry to explore the development of this
complex field with its many unanswered questions.
We encourage a smooth and progressive
transition from candidate status to graduate-teacher. Most graduates become active faculty members. Senior candidates
and recent graduates interested in teaching may obtain experience in the
Institute's psychotherapy programs and in NYU School of Medicine's
instruction of medical students and residents. They then move on
to co-teach in the psychoanalytic curriculum with a more senior
faculty member. Mentored co-teaching, which has been a mainstay of the Institute since our founding in 1949, generates new and diverse psychoanalytic teaching perspectives.
Top of Page
The Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program is designed for professionally licensed individuals with advanced education, including: psychiatrists, psychiatry residents, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers with significant treatment experience. Psychiatry residents enrolled in an accredited program may apply during or after their training. NYU psychiatric residents are eligible for the Psychoanalytic Track, which enables them to combine psychiatric and psychoanalytic training as early as their first residency year. Psychologists and Social Work Ph.D.'s may apply at any point after attainment of their doctoral degrees. There is some flexibility in the timing of the NYS license for clinical psychologists, but all candidates are required to have a license to see patients by the second trimester of the first year. Masters of Social Work level clinical applicants must fulfill the prerequisites outlined in "Principles and Standards for Education in Psychoanalysis" of the American Psychoanalytic Association. (In general this means having completed a two-year psychotherapy program at a member institute of the American Psychoanalytic Association, which in New York State is contingent on achieving one’s LCSW.)
Applicants are accepted on the basis of their education, scientific interest in the field, psychological aptitude, and certain personality factors. These include personal integrity, maturity, and an abiding interest in the vicissitudes of human experience and psychological growth; a capacity for psychological understanding and sensitivity; the ability to listen and communicate empathically; the desire to make observations non-judgmentally in an inherently subjective field; and a tolerance for complexity, ambiguity and frustration. Psychoanalytic training helps the student (candidate) develop and integrate these characteristics.
The application form is found here. It consists
of biographical information, letters of recommendation, and transcripts
of previous educational experience. A non-refundable fee of $100
must accompany the application. Completed applications are processed
throughout the year, although they should be received by May 1
for admission for the following September. It is customary to meet
individually with two or three faculty members in a series of interviews
as part of the application process after the written application
Applicants will be notified of the decision of the Admissions Committee
as soon as possible after the completion of the interview process.
At the time of matriculation, each candidate contracts not to conduct
psychoanalytic treatment or to represent himself/herself as a practitioner
of psychoanalysis until authorized by the Institute to do so.
Top of Page
The Institute offers academic training in psychoanalysis
to researchers, scholars and educators. The purpose of this program
is to stimulate the interchange of ideas between clinical psychoanalysts
and scholars from other disciplines. Non-clinical education in psychoanalysis
should be relevant to the applicant's own professional
activities, and it is hoped that he or she, in turn, will be able
to contribute to the field of psychoanalysis.
The non-clinical program is designed for scholars
and professionals such as attorneys, clergy, or others in education,
for whom a general understanding of psychoanalytic theory and principles
would be useful to their primary field of work. Research candidates participate
in the same classes and other educational experiences as
clinical candidates, with the exception of psychoanalytic
case work. Personal analysis for non-clinical candidates is highly recommended.
Admission to the Academic Associate Program requires
a completed application with personal and academic references, personal
interviews with members of the Admissions Committee, and approval
by the Education Committee. Tuition is the same as for clinical candidates.
For further information about this program, contact the Institute
Top of Page
Candidates usually begin the first year of classes in the September
following admission, although some candidates may attend a "pre-class"
year while beginning their
personal psychoanalysis and obtaining more clinical experience.
The course work is the most structured component of psychoanalytic
training, but even progression through classes is approached on
an individual basis. Meeting the demands of professional life, family
life and psychoanalytic training can be difficult, and candidates
can tailor their training to best accommodate such individual factors.
Each candidate is assigned a Student Progression Committee (SPC) advisor
for the duration of training. He/she meets with this person on an
as-needed basis, at least 1-2 times a year. The Institute does not
give grades for course work or supervised clinical work. Course
instructors and supervisors write assessments of candidates' performance,
which are discussed by advisors with candidates and reviewed by
the SPC. A candidate's learning process
and personal needs are taken into account by the SPC in determining
the pace of training.
Progression to each successive year of classes is determined by
the SPC, as is the candidate's readiness to proceed with supervised
clinical work. Typically, the first case is begun near the end of
the first or the beginning of the second year of classes. Candidates
are required to have one case underway to be promoted to the third
year of classes, and two cases underway to be promoted to the fourth
year of classes. Candidates must submit written summaries of their
clinical work to their supervisors on an annual basis.
After completing four years of classes, candidates are promoted
to senior status, where supervised clinical work continues.
Senior candidates who have had three cases well along in supervision
may be approved to take on additional cases without ongoing supervision.
Top of Page
Admitted candidates begin a personal psychoanalysis as soon as possible.
This increases a candidate's sensitivity to the
workings of unconscious forces
and begins the process of diminishing personality factors which
might impede a one's development as a psychoanalyst.
Candidates who are not already in analysis consult with the Education
Committee Chair for referral to a training analyst on the faculty
of the Institute. Under certain circumstances, applicants who
have already begun an analysis with a training analyst from another
training institute accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association
may continue with that analyst while training at the
A candidate's analysis is expected to continue well into the period
of supervised clinical work. Training analyses are conducted at
an optimal frequency of five times per week. Treatment fees are arranged privately by the candidate and
his/her training analyst. Once begun, there is no analyst reporting to any Institute body. Candidates are requested to inform their SPC Advisors annually only whether they continue or have completed the analysis.
Top of Page
The curriculum consists of four years of required classes,
taught on Saturday mornings, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, September through May. During the first year, and for the first trimester of the second year, there is also a class on Tuesday evenings, 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. Classes are held at Bellevue Hospital Center, 462 First Avenue (at 28th Street). After
promotion to senior candidate status, candidates
attend an ongoing continuous care seminar, and are encouraged to
participate in elective seminars. Candidates
may apply at any time to begin classes in the Division
of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis.
For an overview of the curriculum and descriptions
of the individual courses, click
Top of Page
Immersion in psychoanalytic
work is a central feature of the training experience. Candidates begin their first analytic case as early as the
first year of classes. Supervised patients are seen four-to-five
times per week. Patients may be developed from the candidate's private
practice or from the Institute's Consultation and Treatment Service.
Treatment is conducted privately, usually in the candidate's own
office, with the understanding that it is being done under the auspices
of the Institute. Fees are arranged privately between the candidate
and the patient. The SPC assists
candidates in obtaining a supervising analyst for each case. Candidates
may change supervisors at any time with the approval of the SPC.
Candidates work with a minimum of three supervised patients, at
least one male and one female. Demonstration of the capacity to
develop a psychoanalytic process is required for graduation.
Top of Page
Graduation from the Institute is based on a candidate's achievement
of analytic maturity and the capacity for independent analytic work.
This includes the successful completion of four years of classes
and the demonstration of analytic competence in supervised and unsupervised
clinical work, as evidenced by supervisors' written evaluations
and the candidate's own written case summaries. A
terminated case is not required, but demonstration of the candidate's
ability to work towards a satisfactory termination is essential.
Top of Page
Psychoanalytic education can be a lengthy and expensive undertaking,
a significant sacrifice for candidates who may already be burdened
by debt from medical school or graduate studies. We are sensitive
to these considerations and we have kept tuition and other expenses
as low as possible.
Fees for a candidate's personal analysis are established in accordance
with the candidate's financial situation. Supervisory fees are arranged
between candidate and supervisor, taking into consideration the often
reduced fee of training cases.
Application Fee: $100 (applied
to first year tuition)
Annual Registration Fee:
In-class candidates -$750, Seniors - $1000
Annual Tuition (class years 1-4, Seniors pay no tuition):
Annual Subscription to PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing Database): $60
Payment plans are available through the Institute office.
Refunds: The annual tuition is subject to a refund, on a prorated
basis, to students withdrawing within four weeks after the start of
There are several sources of student loans to help defray costs incurred
during training. The Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY),
the professional society affiliated with The Psychoanalytic Institute,
provides no-interest loans to qualified candidates through its Student
Aid Committee. Another source of interest-free loans to eligible candidates
is the Liddle and Hymowitz Fund, administered by the American Psychoanalytic
Top of Page
The Institute’s educational activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essentials Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of The American Psychoanalytic Association and The Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this educational activity for 2 credit hours in category 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he / she actually spent in the educational activity. Disclosure information about relevant financial relationships is on record. The Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for the program and its content and offers 2 credit hours for this activity. Important Disclosure Information for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.