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PTI Philosophy

Our Educational Philosophy

Low angle shot of old forest with sunlight.Psychoanalysis is based on the analyst’s capacity to listen. It is our most basic and powerful tool. Our curriculum is designed to develop this function, and was conceived with an understanding of how we learn and achieve the capacity to integrate a contemporary psychoanalytic attitude. This plants us firmly in the clinical encounter and guides us in formulating effective interventions.

Continuously revising our academic program to keep abreast of contemporary research and psychoanalytic thinking, we are presently moving to a cutting edge approach in psychoanalytic training: an integrated curriculum. That is, we incorporate developmental concepts into every aspect of the coursework, which gives us a strong base from which to understand resilience, deficit, adaptation and dysfunction, and trains the clinician to tailor a wide scope of interventions to suit the unique needs of each individual.

We envision our curriculum as a spiral. Theoretical and technical material are introduced early on, continuously revisited, and gain deepening resonance as clinical experience is accrued. Concepts thus move from intellectual guideposts to clinically meaningful aids to listening and experiencing what the patient and analyst bring to the analytic space. This model of psychoanalytic education expands the skills and receptivity of the clinician and results in a superbly trained psychoanalyst who is ready and able to take on all the challenges inherent in 21st century treatment.

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