This intensive program may be for you if…

  • You wish to be certified and carry the title of Psychoanalyst.
  • You are seeking the most complete and extensive training in the field of Psychotherapy.
  • You want to join the ranks of the most highly-trained and respected Mental Health practitioners.

Program Requirements

PSP is accredited by the American Board of Accredited Psychoanalytic Institutes (ABAP).  The following outlines ABAP’s program requirements for the Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst (NCPsyA) Certificate:

(a) A minimum of thirty-six (36) credit hours (450 clock hours) of post-Master’s level coursework in psychoanalytic studies. Typical coursework includes personality development; socio-cultural influences on growth and psychopathology; diagnosis, and treatment; practice techniques (including use of dreams and symbolic processes, work with resistance, transference, and countertransference); case seminars; clinical practica; professional ethics; and psychoanalytic research methodology.

(b) A minimum of fifteen hundred (1,500) hours of clinical experience including the following:

(i) A personal psychoanalysis of a minimum of three hundred (300) hours with a certified psychoanalyst(s).

(ii) At least two hundred (200) hours of individual psychoanalytic supervision with a minimum of 3 psychoanalyst supervisors, of which at least fifty (50) hours shall be with one psychoanalyst supervisor and at least fifty (50) hours shall be with a second psychoanalyst supervisor. The institute requires that a supervisor may not have been and may not currently be one’s personal analyst.

(iii) At least one thousand (1000) hours of supervised clinical experience with a variety of patients within the full spectrum of psychological disorders, of which two hundred fifty (250) hours of experience may consist of group supervision, case conference supervision, and continuing clinical education experience.

In addition to these requirements, ABAP has developed psychoanalytic Core Competencies to help institutes develop comprehensive curricula that provide a solid foundation in psychoanalytic training.

Please visit ABAP’s website for more information about their Standards and Core Competencies:

PSP also requires the student to complete 4 case presentations during their training and a Final Case Presentation and Research Paper. Please see Marie Hartke (), Education and Training Coordinator, for details.


Enrollment Options:

Advanced training in modern psychoanalysis requires a commitment to weekly personal training analysis and clinical supervision, along with the availability to begin working with patients under supervision. PSP recognizes that this commitment is not for everyone, but that many people can benefit from our psychoanalytic curriculum. Therefore, we invite those interested in psychoanalysis to begin their studies as a non-matriculating student, completing a few courses with us prior to applying to our certification program.

Those interested in advancing to the certification track should contact our Education & Training Coordinator, Marie Hartke, at 215-732-8244, ext. 421, or email .

Once accepted, you will benefit from…

  • A stimulating series of courses that provide a foundation in psychoanalysis theory and treatment, with emphasis on Modern Psychoanalytic interventions. Courses include: Basic Writings of Freud, Freud’s Cases and Technical Papers, Essential Papers on Transference, Essential Papers on Countertransference, Essential Papers on Dreams, Clinical Perspectives on Freud’s Social Thought and Activism, Ego Psychology and Object Relations Theory, Evolution of Psychoanalytic Technique, Human Maturation and Development, Maturational Processes Throughout the Lifespan, Human Sexuality and Gender Identity, Introduction to Theory and Techniques, Assessment and Diagnosis, and Case Presentation Workshop.
  • Informal, seminar-style classes. The opportunity to see patients in our clinical facility, The Philadelphia Consultation Center, with professional and peer consultation and supervision.

Upon completion of this program, you will…

  • Have earned the right to practice with the title of Psychoanalyst.
  • Have the opportunity to be registered as a certified Psychoanalyst with the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP).
  • Be well-qualified to pursue state licensing as a Psychoanalyst where applicable (e.g. New York).