Adult Psychoanalytic Training

For those who seek an understanding of emotional life, IPE is an education center that provides insights into core human dilemmas from childhood through adulthood.

Philosophy

This program is designed for clinicians with experience in psychotherapy 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.

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Admissions

Eligibility
The Psychoanalytic Program is designed for experienced clinicians who are have achieved a terminal degree in their field: M.D. psychiatrists and psychiatry residents; Ph.D. and Psy.D. clinical psychologists; psychiatric nurse practitioners; and LCSW/DSW clinical social workers. IPE is authorized by New York State to offer clinical training to qualify for a license as a “Licensed Psychoanalyst” (LP) to individuals whose license does not already permit psychoanalysis. The IPE NYS Licensure-Qualifying Psychoanalysis Program (NYS-LQP) track is directed at individuals holding any Master’s degree, or higher than Master’s degree, acceptable to IPE and NYS. This eligibility may be extended to international MD psychiatrists and psychologists. All applicants, regardless of degree, must meet the experience requirements of the American Psychoanalytic Association, found at the Psychoanalytic Eligibility page. Click here for more information on eligibility.

Personal Suitability
Applicants are accepted on the basis of their education and experience, 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 emphatically; 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.

Application Process
The application form is found here. It consists of biographical information, letters of recommendation (that we will request on your behalf), and transcripts of previous educational experience. A non-refundable fee of $100 must accompany the application. Completed applications are processed throughout the year, and the deadline for admission is June 1 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 is received.

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.

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Nonclinical Training

Academic Associate Program in Adult Psychoanalysis

While ours is primarily a clinical program, we offer a small number of training positions to professionals for whom a general understanding of psychoanalytic theory and principles would be useful to their primary field of work, such as attorneys and members of the clergy, and to researchers, scholars and educators. This creates a stimulating interchange of ideas between clinical psychoanalysts and scholars and professionals from other disciplines. Non-clinical education in psychoanalysis should be relevant to the applicant's own professional activities, and it is hoped that they, in turn, will be able to contribute to the field of psychoanalysis.

Nonclinical 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 office.

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Candidate Progression

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. They meet with this person on an as-needed basis, at least 1-2 times a year. 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. The first case is begun during the first year of classes, and having an active psychoanalytic case is a requirement for progression to 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.

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Personal Psychoanalysis

Candidates begin a personal psychoanalysis as soon as possible after admission. 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 Admissions 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 Institute. 

A candidate's analysis is expected to continue for the majority of one training and supervised clinical work. Training analyses are conducted at a frequency of at least four times weekly. Treatment fees are arranged privately by the candidate and his/her training analyst. One's analysis is completely confidential and does not get reported to any committee. Candidates are requested to inform their SPC Advisors annually only whether they continue or have completed the analysis.
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Didactic Seminars

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, usually 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Classes are held at 1 Park Avenue (at 33rd 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 here.

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Supervised Clinical Work

Immersion in psychoanalytic work is a central feature of the training experience. Candidates begin their first analytic case during their 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.

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Graduation Requirements

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.

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Tuition, Fees, Financial Aid

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 (subject to change)
  • Annual Tuition (class years 1-4, Senior-level candidates pay no tuition): $2150 (subject to change)
  • Annual Subscription to PEP (Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing Database): $110 (subject to change)

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 a trimester. 

Financial Aid
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 Institute for Psychoanalytic Education, 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 Association.

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ACCME Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education (IPE). The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 credit per classroom hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.