Training in Adult Psychoanalysis is part of our Integrated Training in Psychoanalysis. Students wishing to concentrate in work with Adults or with Children and Adolescents will follow the same curriculum together with some additional requirements for qualification as a Child/Adolescent Psychoanalyst (Please see section entitled “Concentration in Child/Adolescent Psychoanalysis).
Our Integrated Training in Psychoanalysis Program views Freud’s profound discoveries concerning how we understand the human mind in an historical context that continues to evolve in creative and influential ways. The program covers theory and practice relevant to both child and adult psychoanalysis. Candidates many choose to train simultaneously in child and adult psychoanalysis or to concentrate in either of the two. The curriculum integrates post-Freudian developments and contemporary theoretical perspectives, current research on infant development and attachment, and recent neurobiological research that supports the physiological underpinnings of so many of Freud’s core theories of the mind.
The Adult Psychoanalysis Program in New York is offered in two tracks:
Track A is for clinicians who have a New York State License in the fields of Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.
Track B is for applicants who are interested in a certificate of completion in order to qualify to apply to The New York State Department of Education for a License in Psychoanalysis (LP). Applicants for Track B may include Masters-level graduates of Masters and Doctoral programs who have a strong interest in psychoanalysis, as well as clinicians who are Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.
Our Track B program has been designed specifically to meet the requirements for those seeking the credential of Licensed Psychoanalyst (LP) from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of the Professions. In addition, LMSW’s can accumulate clinical hours needed for the LCSW credential in this program.
Training in our Integrated Training in Psychoanalysis Program (Tracks A & B) involves four to five years of course instruction, a personal analysis, and analysis conducted under supervision.
Candidates in Track B take the same four years of classes as the Track A candidates, as well as an additional semester of courses required by the NYSED. These include psychoanalytic research methodology and an ethics class that details the scope of practice of Licensed Psychoanalysts in New York State. A two-hour course on the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment is also required in order to receive a certificate of completion, and can be taken at an NYSED-approved website.
Students in Track B will experience a personal analysis and receive supervision on two control analyses. The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society provides the space in which Track B candidates conduct their control work as required by New York State.
Once a candidate has completed the number of clock hours required by the NYSED Office of the Professions for personal analysis, for supervision of the control cases, and for control analyses, as well as the required coursework, the candidate will receive a Certificate of Completion from The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society. This Certificate, along with documentation of 1500 clinical hours of work with patients, enables the candidate to apply to take the licensing exam in Psychoanalysis. Please refer to the NYSED’s Office of the Professions website (www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/psyanllic.htm) for further information about requirements for the License in Psychoanalysis (LP) credential.
Training in our Adult Psychoanalysis Program is comprised of three components: Course Instruction, Personal Analysis, and Control Analysis
Candidates in Track A of the Adult Psychoanalysis program in New York take six courses per year. There are three semesters per year, each ten weeks long. In New York, all classes meet on Monday evenings. Classes range in length from 1 and 1/2 hours to 1 and 3/4 hours in length. Track A candidates who complete all coursework, control analysis work, supervision, case write up requirements, and who successfully complete the Final Case Presentation receive a diploma from the Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society (PTI-CFS)
Each candidate is expected to begin a personal analysis (also called a Training Analysis) with a Training and Supervising Analyst at the PTI-CFS when they matriculate. Should an applicant already be in analysis with someone who is not a Training and Supervising Analyst at the PTI-CFS and wish to continue in that analysis, discussion between the candidate, the Admissions Chair, Progression Committee Chair, and the Institute Director needs to take place before acceptance into the program can be finalized.
Candidates conduct their own analyses of patients under supervision, as an essential and vital part of their training. The candidate sees his/her own analysand four times a week and is supervised by a Training and Supervising Analyst of The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of CFS once weekly. By the time a candidate is ready to graduate they will have seen at least two control cases, and have had the experience of at least two supervisors. For candidates at some geographical distance from their supervisor, supervision can be arranged on an every other week schedule. Yearly case summary reports are part of the clinical responsibility of the candidate and part of the learning experience of doing psychoanalysis. Every candidate has an opportunity to discuss the summaries each year with a member of the Progression Committee and an independent case summary reader, who is a member of the Institute. A minimum of 200 hours of supervision between the two cases is required.
Control Analysis Requirements
Track B is designed specifically to meet the requirements for an applicant seeking licensure as a Psychoanalyst (LP) from the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions. In addition, LMSW’s can accumulate clinical hours needed for the LCSW credential in this program. This Program is available only in our New York City Adult Psychoanalysis Program. Students who have at least a Master’s degree and who want to take an educational program that qualifies them to take the licensing exam in psychoanalysis in New York State are invited to apply to our Track B program in Adult Psychoanalysis.
Please also go to the NYSED’s Office of the Professions website (www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/psyanllic.htm) for further information regarding requirements for the License in Psychoanalysis (LP) credential.
Students in Track B take four and a half years of courses. This comprises the same course instruction as Track A plus Psychoanalytic Research Methodology and Ethics, including the details of the scope of practice of licensure in Psychoanalysis in New York State. A two-hour course on the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment is also required to receive a certificate of completion and can be taken at a state approved site.
Personal Analysis and Control Analyses
Students in Tracks B will experience a personal analysis and two control analyses (supervised analyses with patients) as above for Track A. The Psychoanalytic Training Institute provides the space in which Track B candidates conduct their control work as required by New York State. Once a candidate has completed the number of clock hours required by the NYSED’s Office of the Professions for personal analysis, for supervision of the control cases, and for control analyses, as well as the required coursework, the candidate will receive a Certificate of Completion from the PTI-CFS. This Certificate, along with documentation of 1500 clinical hours of work with patients, enable the candidate to apply to take the licensing exam in Psychoanalysis.
Tuition is paid each semester. Payment of supervisory fees are made to the PTI-CFS. Fees for personal analysis are arranged between candidate and his/her Training and Supervising Analyst.
Integrated Training in Psychoanalysis Program Course Descriptions
The Integrated Training in Psychoanalysis at the PTI-CFS provides candidates with a foundation for listening and working with the diverse population of child, adolescent and adult patients. Our curriculum, based in both development theory and analytic listening, draws from rich contributions from the field of child psychoanalysis.
This training approach considers the psyche from a multi-faceted perspective, so that the analytic technique can be tailored to the unique personality structure of each individual. A serious examination of the human psyche is based in the comprehensive study of the foundational psychoanalytic theories and immersion in development. Clinical research derived from Infant Observation, Attachment Theory, and Development are studied enabling candidates to draw from both classical and contemporary psychoanalytic ideas.
The goal of our curriculum is to help our candidates learn to listen to their patients as psychoanalysts listen, hearing not just the overt content, but also what might be informing the patient’s talk: the patient’s personal and cultural history and experience, and his or her own unique and symbolic ways—both conscious and unconscious—of communicating feelings and thoughts to the analyst.
The curriculum is listening-based. A unique clinical emphasis throughout keeps theory vitally connected to the analytic listening experience. All learning is based on a spiral model: Concepts presented in beginning courses are revisited in later courses to deepen clinical and theoretical understanding.
Sigmund Freud’s seminal work is foundational in the curriculum. Psychoanalytic developments such as ego psychology, object relations theory, and the theories of Melanie Klein, D.W. Winnicott, and Wilfred R.Bion are studied in a historical context and as responses to questions arising from clinical work. Candidates are encouraged to think critically about what they learn and to bring their individual life experience and intuitive understanding to the learning process as they develop their own analytic voice.
The first year of the analytic listening and concept sequence focuses on the beginning analytic relationship and the understanding of central analytic concepts (while listening to clinical material).
The first year of the development sequence focuses on pregnancy, infancy and the developmental stages of childhood as they relate to and are evidenced in clinical material in the adult and child analysand. The first year also includes a course on psychoanalytic ethics.
In the second year of coursework, the listening and concept sequences focus on thinking diagnostically. In the development sequence, the study of the life cycle continues, focusing on late childhood, adolescence
In the third year of coursework, candidates study the writings of Sigmund Freud.Through the sequence of early, case and late papers, candidates will read technique papers along with current commentary and will study in detail the evolution of Freud’s thinking about the mind. The technique sequence will focus on essential issues in psychoanalysis such as beginning an analysis, the nature of therapeutic action, transference/countertransference, and interpretation. Variations in technique for different diagnostic conditions will be studied. At the completion of the sequence candidates will have a strong grounding in significant psychoanalytic issues and essential papers from the literature.
Course work focuses on post-Freudian theoretical developments, including the evolution of psychoanalytic thought and views of psychopathology—each development alters or privileges different models of the mind. Psychoanalytic controversies applicable to and arising from each new development are studied. The analytic listening sequence proceeds in continuous case seminars.
A unique aspect of our training program is the Progression Committee (PC) of of the Psychoanalytic Training Institute, which was established to foster communication with the candidates and ensure that their specific training requirements are addressed. Upon admission to the Institute, each candidate is assigned a PC Liaison, who follows the candidate until completion and keeps the Progression Committee informed of the candidate’s progress. This individualized attention to the candidate’s needs provides the candidate with a deep understanding of the analytic case and fosters the personal and professional development of the candidate.
Training (Personal) Analysis:
Candidates are expected to begin a four-times-per-week analysis with a Training Analyst from the Psychoanalytic Training Institute when the first year classes begin. The candidate will have the opportunity to choose an analyst from a list of Training Analysts of the Institute and will also be given a list of the Training Analysts willing to conduct low fee analyses. If the candidate has been in a longstanding analysis with a Training and Supervising Analyst from another Institute, the Institute Director and Progression Committee will consider this analyst and analysis and determine if it can be an approved training analysis. If this analysis is not approved, the Progression Committee will take under consideration requests to postpone beginning a new analysis for up to one semester so the candidate can have time to terminate the present analysis.
An essential part of a candidate’s preparation to become a psychoanalyst is the analyses he/she conducts under supervision. To undertake control or supervised work, the candidate needs to pass a readiness for control examination (RFC). This examination is conducted by a committee of three members of The Institute and is usually scheduled during the second year of training. Candidates with substantial prior clinical experience can request an RFC earlier than their second year. For those needing additional clinical experience the RFC may be delayed.
Candidates must conduct a minimum of two control (supervised) analytic cases each seen in person and four times a week. These cases need to be supervised by two different Training and Supervising Analysts from the PTI-CFS. The candidate will be given a list of Training and Supervising Analysts willing to conduct a low fee supervision. Each supervision will be on a once a week basis. Double Supervision sessions are considered for a supervisee at a geographical distance from his/her supervisor.
A central educational feature of the control work or supervised experience is the Annual Case Write Up. A member of the Progression Committee and case reader support the candidate in the formulation and written expression of their understanding of the case.
Final Case Presentation:
The Final Case Presentation (FCP) represents the culmination of the candidate’s training in psychoanalysis at the Institute. After conferring with the Progression Committee, the candidate initiates the request to present a final case. The candidate will submit a written report of the case to be presented to his/her Evaluation Committee. The Committee consisting of five members of the Institute will meet to listen, discuss and evaluate the candidate’s work and readiness to practice independently. Issues such as transference development, analysis of resistance, counter-transference, and establishment of an analytic process are discussed in the group. Successful completion of the Final Case Presentation and approval by the Progression Committee confers on the candidate membership in the Contemporary Freudian society and the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA). Colleagues welcome the participation of new members in peer group case discussions, reading groups dealing with theories or new ideas in psychoanalysis, and a rich and diverse menu of scientific programs as part of continuing education. New members will find opportunities to contribute to the ongoing life of the Psychoanalytic Training Institute through committee membership.
The policies listed below are currently in practice and may be subject to change. The progression Committee will inform advisors, training and supervising analysts and candidates of any changes.
The academic year is 30 weeks. Candidates meet on Monday evening for their coursework and take two courses per semester unless an alternative plans has been arranged through the Progression Committee. Electives and other program options may meet at other predetermined times.
Candidates are expected to be present for all classes and will inform the instructor if unable to attend. If the candidate misses two sessions of a fifteen week course, one session of a ten week course, or any sessions of a course of shorter duration, the candidate will write a paper for the class on a topic agreed upon with the instructor.
If an instructor must miss a session, the instructor will notify the Chair of the Faculty Committee and arrange with the candidates for an appropriate make-up class.
The Psychoanalytic Training Institute’s Faculty and Curriculum Committees review and evaluate course offerings and Institute faculty performance on an on-going basis. A crucial part of this evaluation is the confidential evaluation form that candidates must complete at the end of each semester.
Faculty evaluations of candidates will be submitted immediately after the semester ends. A copy will be sent to the Administrative Directors, who will forward copies to the PC Liaison and Advisor assigned to the candidate to review with the candidate. Candidates have direct access to the instructors’ evaluations.
The Grievance Process: If a candidate does not agree with the recommendations of the Progression committee at the end of the Readiness-for-Control interview or at the end of the Final Case Presentation, the candidate may appeal to the Director of the Institute, who will carefully review the findings of the PC with the President of the Institute. The review may include meeting individually with each person involved in the ongoing progression of the candidate’s work, reviewing all minutes of the PC, meeting with the candidate, the members of the evaluation committee responsible for the decision, and consulting with supervisors and instructors of the candidate. The Institutes President and the Institute Director’s decision will be binding.
For clarification and adjustments in the candidate’s ongoing evaluation of their work other than the two evaluations listed above, the candidate can contact their Progression Committee Liaison, and if not satisfied, the Progression Committee Chair.
The Progression Committee may suspend or terminate a candidate’s training in the case of the candidate’s failure to meet standards toward reasonable progress toward graduation, or for violation of ethical precepts for the practice of psychoanalysis. Reasonable progress toward graduation shall mean continued satisfactory review by instructors and supervisors, timely completion of requirements, such as Progression Committee receipt of case summaries, as well as immersion in the practice of psychoanalysis. The candidate has the right to appeal this decision under the appeal process indicated above.
Questions regarding curriculum or faculty should be directed to the respective Chair of Faculty or Curriculum Committee of the Psychoanalytic training Institute.
Training in our Adult Psychoanalysis Program (Tracks A & B) involves 4 to 5 years of course instruction, a personal analysis, and analysis conducted under supervision.
Our Adult Psychoanalysis Program views Freud’s profound discoveries concerning how we understand the human mind in an historical context that continues to evolve in creative and influential ways. The curriculum integrates post-Freudian developments and contemporary theoretical perspectives, current research on infant development and attachment, and recent neurobiological research that supports the physiological underpinnings of so many of Freud’s core theories of the mind.