Our Modern Psychoanalytic Focus
Among its central educational aims, PSP seeks to train people to become skilled psychoanalytic practitioners. At the heart of this model of analytic education is a dual focus: an emphasis on the ongoing maturation of PSP students in training, and the integration of theory and practice. This is accomplished through a rich combination of personal analysis, clinical supervision, and academic learning.
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 Psychoanalysis.
- You want to join the ranks of the most highly-trained and respected Mental Health practitioners.
- You are seeking a distance-learning option for psychoanalytic training.
PSP is accredited by the American Board of Accredited Psychoanalytic Institutes (ABAP). The following outlines the requirements for the Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst (NCPsyA) Certificate:
- 450 clock hours of post-Master’s level coursework in psychoanalytic studies. (See PSP Required Courses).
- 1,500 hours of clinical experience including the following:
- A personal psychoanalysis of a minimum of three hundred (300) hours with a certified psychoanalyst(s). (See PSP Society Members Directory).
- 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. (See PSP Society Members Directory)
- 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.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. 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:
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.
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).