Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Adults

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A division of the Adult Psychoanalytic Program


IPE is pleased to offer a two year post-graduate training program in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, designed for psychiatrists, Ph.D. and Psy.D. psychologists, LCSW social workers, psychiatric nurses, LMHC's, and other qualified professionals interested in enhancing their skills in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Our aim is to deepen the clinician's understanding of the patient's emotional life, particularly as it is experienced in the therapeutic relationship.

The program investigates the mind from the perspective of current psychoanalytic theories of normal and pathological development and function. We explore how individuals acquire the capacity to know and care for others, attain a gender identity, develop standards and ideals, and achieve balance in working, loving, and living during the life cycle. We explore the central roles of development, unconscious processes, and intra-psychic conflict in the formation of personality and psychopathology. The clinical focus is on how these factors influence the psychotherapeutic process.

The core of these programs is a series of seminars, taught by faculty members of the Adult and the Child & Adolescent Analysis Sections of the Institute. The instructors are highly trained analysts with extensive clinical and professional experience. Most are members of the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. The courses examine the conceptual underpinnings of psychoanalytic theory and technique as applied to the psychodynamic psychotherapy of adults, children and adolescents.

In addition to academic study, training is enriched by ongoing case conferences and clinical psychotherapy supervision provided by IPE members. The patients are drawn from the clinical practices of the students. Candidates also need to be currently undergoing (or have already undergone) their own personal psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis.

Successful completion of the program leads to a certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

Why Study Psychotherapy at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education? 
The psychotherapy training program at IPE is enriched by teachers and supervisors from the Institute who have undergone rigorous training in psychoanalytic theory, principles and practice. Candidates benefit not only from their teachers' and supervisors' extensive backgrounds in psychoanalysis, but also from a program which is patterned after the Institute's highly effective psychoanalytic training program.

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The psychodynamic psychotherapy training program is a post-graduate program for individuals who have earned their graduate degrees in psychiatry, psychology, social work, or psychiatric nursing; who are licensed and professionally insured; and who are practicing psychotherapy with adults or children. If you are currently in a psychiatric residency or in a child psychiatry fellowship, you may be eligible to begin training.

LMSW's are encouraged to apply for the Prelude to Training program.

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Cost in Time and Money

Course work
Class are held at IPE's beautiful offices in the NYU Department of Psychiatry at 1 Park Avenue (at 32rd Street), in Manhattan. Classes are held on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., from mid-September to early June. There are three 10-week trimesters, two classes each evening. Most courses involve assigned reading.

The course of study explores a wide variety of psychopathology. The Technique courses in particular address the ways in which psychodynamic psychotherapy can affect and modify pathologic outcomes of development. Case material is presented by seminar participants, and group discussion makes up a significant component of the learning. The clinical seminars approach the various phases of treatment -- opening, working through and termination.

Each candidate schedules one hour per week of supervision with an Institute faculty member in the first year, and two per week in the second, at a cost of $50 per session, payable to the supervisor. The supervisory process is intended to focus intensively on the ongoing treatment of suitable cases. Candidates write brief annual case reports, which are discussed with their supervisor.

Personal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy  
One's own personal psychotherapy (or psychoanalysis) is a critical part of the education process, and is discussed in the admissions interview. Candidates who have not had psychotherapy undertake this process during their training period, with treatment beginning no later than the end of the first trimester and continuing for the duration of the two year program. Candidates who have already had psychodynamic psychotherapy may be able to waive the requirement. It is not required that one's psychotherapist be affiliated with IPE, but a member of the Psychotherapy Committee reviews the therapist's credentials.  

Tuition & Fees​
Annual tuition is $2,850, payable in installments. Fees for supervision, $50 per session, are paid directly to the supervisor. Reduction of fees for both psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, and for additional supervision, may be requested. Candidates are charged $110 for an annual subscription to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing database - PEP (waived for candidates who have PEP access by some other means). (all fees are subject to change)

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Application Procedure

The application process consists of submitting the application form, satisfactory letters of reference (that we request on your behalf), and an interview with a faculty member of the Admissions Committee. A $100 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with your application. Completed applications are processed throughout the year, and the deadline foradmission is June 1 for the following September. (Subject to change.)

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Curriculum Overview and Course Descriptions

The course of post-graduate study in the psychodynamic psychotherapy of adults explores a wide variety of psychopathologic syndromes. Issues of conflict and deficits in mental function which are a consequence of biological and developmental determinants are also explored. The technique courses in particular address the ways in which psychodynamic psychotherapy can affect and modify pathologic outcomes of development. Group discussion of individual case material presented by seminar participants and instructors makes up a significant component of the learning. The clinical seminars approach the various phases of treatment - opening, working through and termination - as case material becomes available.

View the curriculum overview

View available reading list

We welcome your inquiries and questions about our programs. Further information may be obtained by e-mailing the Program Chair:

Carlos Almeida, M.D.

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.