The Institute offers training for individuals wishing to become IPA-certified psychoanalysts and continuing study for psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists.
NPSI follows the British object relations School of psychoanalysis, studying classical and contemporary theoreticians and clinicians including the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud: Melanie Klein, Hanna Segal, Donald Winnicott, Donald Meltzer, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, Ronald Britton, and others. Distinct from psychoanalytic training programs not allied with British object relations, the focus at NPSI is on the infant’s earliest emotional experiences with the primary caretaker (usually the mother) and how this relationship shapes one’s core sense of self and serves as a lens through which all relationships with self and others are experienced throughout life. This careful study of early mental life tends to translate into a way of working psychoanalytically with patients that is particularly attuned to pre-verbal as well as verbal forms of communication.
We encourage mental health professionals who are interested in learning more about the process of becoming a psychoanalyst to explore the following section on psychoanalytic training. Please contact us with any questions you may have about the pedagogical basis of training at this institute.
For an overview of the Kleinian approach (an important facet of the British Object Relations School), see Robert M Young’s paper, “Being a Kleinian is Not Straightforward” at:
Psychoanalytic training at NPSI is a challenging, remarkable, and often life changing experience for mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and so on) who have previously achieved licensure, have an established practice, and accrued clinical experience.
To read more about psychoanalytic training and the value of becoming an analyst from individuals who have trained at NPSI:
The components of training are threefold. Candidates (psychoanalysts-in-training) take part in a four-year academic curriculum, conduct carefully supervised analyses, and undergo personal psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic training is synergistic by design. Each mode of training enhances the others. While each training group is a learning cohort, candidates progress at individually determined rates. For example, candidates choose when to begin their supervised analyses depending, in part, on whether they have been able to cultivate a practice that includes treatment with patients at an analytic frequency (four to five times weekly). As such, progression and graduation are not automatic, and are instead based on ongoing dialogue with and evaluation by supervisors and faculty. Psychoanalytic training is, thus, individual, dyadic, and group focused.
Psychoanalysis is the only mental health discipline that requires candidates to have a personal analysis as part of training. This standard moves the training from an academic enterprise to an emotionally integrative experience.
The supervision and personal analysis of candidates is done by designated training analysts. To read more about the IPA standards for becoming a training psychoanalyst:
To see who are training and supervising analysts at NPSI click here:
Licensed mental health professionals interested in understanding more about psychoanalytic training are invited to attend our Open House meetings where the curriculum and application requirements are presented in greater detail. For additional information and to see when the next Open House is scheduled:
View the NPSI Calendar or contact Dana Blue, LICSW, FIPA at firstname.lastname@example.org
For detailed information on psychoanalytic training including curriculum, requirements of graduation, and application forms:
Candidates can pay tuition here:
Dana Blue – In the Twilight Room: On Extended Silence and the Cultivation of Triangular Space
Sue Neell Carlson – Whose hate is it? Encountering emotional turbulence in the crosscurrents of projective identification and countertransference experience
Jeffrey L Eaton – The Obstructive Object
Judy K Eekhoff – Somatic Counter-transference as Evidence of Adhesive Identification in a Severely Traumatized Woman
Caron Harrang – Negative Therapeutic Reaction: A Reexamination of Freud’s Original Concept in Light of Klein’s ‘positions’ and Bion’s notion of Catastrophic Change
Julie Hendrickson - Negative Transference in the Transformative Cycle of Reparation
David Jachim – Wanted Dead and Alive: The Negative Object
Adrian Jarreau – Intuiting the Unknown: Listening with the Unconscious Mind
Esther Karson – Nowhere to go: When Psychic Equilibrium Prevails
Maxine Nelson – Blade Runner as Metaphor: Encapsulation in Virtual Reality as a Defense Against Psychic Annihilation
Shierry Nicholsen – Reparation: An Exploration of the Concept and its Manifestations in Clinical Material
David Parnes - On Growth, a Gift, and Goodbyes: Initial Thoughts on Termination
David Rasmussen – Expanding the Notion of Validation of Interpretations
Rikki Ricard – Taking Humor Seriously: The Relationship of the Ego to the Destructive Superego
Barbara Sewell – Gathering Resolve: Preparing for the Journey as a Psychoanalyst by Understanding the Development of Countertransference as Theory and Technique
For additional information or to read any of the papers listed please contact individual authors listed in the Membership Roster.
Application for Scholarship
Guidelines for Writing Reports
Cover Page for all Control Case Reports [.pdf Document]
Report of Training Analysis Commencing
Report of Training Analysis Ending
Control Case Suitability/Candidate Readiness
Report of Supervision Commencing
Candidate’s Six-Month Report of Supervision Hours
Supervisor’s Six-Month Evaluation of Candidate
Summary of Control Case (3) Treatment and Supervision Hours
Didactic Course Evaluation Forms*
Clinical Seminar Evaluation Forms*
Infant Observation Evaluation Forms
Graduation Policies and Procedure
Education Committee Meeting Minutes
*Candidate evaluations (Candidate Evaluation of Seminar and Candidate Evaluation of Course) are to be mailed to Curriculum Committee (Barbara Sewell, Chair) or placed in her mailbox at NPSI in a sealed envelope and marked “confidential.” Faculty evaluations of candidates for the Clinical Seminar or a Didactic Course are to be mailed to Progression Committee (Judy Eekhoff, Chair) or placed in her mailbox at NPSI in a sealed envelope and marked “confidential.”
Any NPSI Candidate in good standing (i.e. progressing) in the first two to three years of training.
The members of NPSI want to encourage and support psychotherapists in the community interested in psychoanalysis to apply to psychoanalytic training in order to foster the study and practice of psychoanalysis. Recognizing that the training is expensive, the NPSI Board launched an initiative to offer need-based scholarships to NPSI Candidates in order to help with the cost of tuition. It was decided that 10% of the proceeds from Special Events will go into a Scholarship Fund to be distributed among NPSI candidates.
1. Eligible candidates are those who have begun psychoanalytic training at NPSI, are in their first two or three years of classes, have received no more than one previous scholarship, and are in good standing with NPSI (i.e. progressing appropriately).
2. Scholarships must be used for the cost of tuition.
3. The dollar amount of the scholarship will be determined using the following equation:
a. Fund allotment for the year ($) / number of scholarship recipients = $ award.
4. Candidates can apply for scholarships no more than twice during candidacy, and first time applicants will be given priority.
5. Scholarships will not require repayment and are not considered loans.
The Scholarship Process is as follows:
1. Each academic year a notice will be sent to eligible NPSI candidates informing them of the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to help with the cost of tuition in the case of need. An application deadline will be stated in the notice.
2. Applicants will send completed documents to the NPSI Education Committee. All applications received will be acknowledged upon receipt. The Education Committee will strive to protect each applicant’s confidentiality.
3. The Education Committee will contact the NPSI Progression Committee to confirm that the Candidate is in good standing in the Institute.
4. Scholarships will generally be decided within 30 days of the application deadline.
5. There will be no exchange of money in the awarding of a scholarship. Instead, the candidate will not be charged tuition up to the scholarship amount. The NPSI treasury fund will be paid by the scholarship fund on behalf of the candidate awarded the scholarship.
And, of course, if you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please send a donation earmarked “NPSI Scholarships” or contact Dana Blue at email@example.com.
For information on our Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis course, click here.
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One way that Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute manifests the mission to “offer outstanding psychoanalytic training to mental health professionals” is by offering a Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis certificate course, designed for clinicians who seek to deepen their understanding of the psychoanalytic knowledge base, enhance their knowledge and skills for clinical practice, and cultivate a network of like-minded colleagues. The program marries theory and practice in two (academic) year-long small group seminars, which accrue to a satisfying whole. Each year can be taken separately or sequentially.
At the completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of attendance and 1.5 continuing education credits for each session attended. Perfect attendance for each academic year will result in 51 Continuing Education hours.
In a nine month program of weekly classes, we study major works by the foundational thinkers in the British object relations line. Year One is primarily Freud; while Year Two continues Freud’s ideas through works of Klein, Winnicott, and Bion; considering links and divergences in the evolution of this line of thought. By the completion of the course, learners will have a sense of how psychoanalytic thinking has evolved, from Freud to the current day.
Each monthly unit will be augmented by a clinical case presentation, demonstrating the application of theory in work with patients. In Fundamentals courses, learners will become increasingly adept at discovering unconscious process in clinical work, and developing strategies for intervention.
Following an innovative design, each monthly unit will be taught by a different instructor, each of whom is an experienced psychoanalytically oriented clinician. The group will stay together, and the faculty will rotate, which promotes the formation of a strong learning group.
Length: Weekly meetings for 9 months
Time: Thursdays, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Tuition Payment schedule: Enrollment deposit with application: $100
Fall term: $225, due 10/1/16
Winter term $300, due 1/1/17
Spring term $200, due 3/1/17
Early Bird discount: register by August 15 and save $50, deducted from Spring tuition.
Enrollment Deadline: September 22nd, 2016
Location: Northwestern Psychoanalytic Society and Institute at 2701 1st Avenue, Suite 120, Seattle
Instructors: NPSI analysts and senior candidates.
Format: Each month, there will be one four-class unit. Each unit will consist of three classes for the discussion and study of assigned readings. The fourth will be reserved for clinical case discussions.
Note: The November and December units will be shorter, due to holidays-three and two meetings, respectively.
To see a sample syllabus for Year Two, click here.
For an application, click here.
For more information or to register, please contact NPSI at firstname.lastname@example.org.