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The Institute

Introduction

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.
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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:
http://human-nature.com/rmyoung/papers/pap113h.html


Psychoanalytic Training

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:

Becoming an Analyst[.pdf Document]

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:

IPA TA Standards [.pdf Document]

To see who are training and supervising analysts at NPSI click here:

Member Roster Page

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 dana@dana-blue.com

For detailed information on psychoanalytic training including curriculum, requirements of graduation, and application forms:

NPSI Curriculum [.pdf Document]

NPSI Requirements of Graduation [.pdf Document]

NPSI Application [.pdf Document]

NPSI Academic Calendar – Standardized [.pdf Document]


NPSI Graduates and Their Graduation Paper Titles

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

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 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.


For Candidates and Faculty

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Candidate Handbook

Candidate Handbook (June 2016) [.pdf Document]

 

Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy [.pdf Document]

 

Guidelines for Writing Reports

Initiating and Maintaining Control Cases [.pdf Document]
Guidelines for Writing an Initial Report [.pdf Document]
Control Case Six Month Report [.pdf Document]
Control Case Final Summary Report [.pdf Document]

 

Reporting Forms

Cover Page for all Control Case Reports [.pdf Document]
Report of Training Analysis Commencing [.pdf Document]
Report of Training Analysis Ending [.pdf Document]
Control Case Suitability/Candidate Readiness [.pdf Document]
Report of Supervision Commencing [.pdf Document]
Candidate’s Six-Month Report of Supervision Hours [.pdf Document]
Supervisor’s Six-Month Evaluation of Candidate [.pdf Document]
Summary of Control Case (3) Treatment and Supervision Hours [.pdf Document]

 

Didactic Course Evaluation Forms*

Faculty Evaluation of Candidate [.pdf Document]
Candidate Evaluation of Course [.pdf Document]

 

Clinical Seminar Evaluation Forms*

Faculty Evaluation Of Candidate [.pdf Document]
Candidate Evaluation of Seminar [.pdf Document]

 

Infant Observation Evaluation Forms

Faculty Evaluation Of Candidate [.pdf Document]
Candidate Evaluation of Seminar [.pdf Document]

 

Graduation Policies and Procedure

Graduation Policies and Procedure [.pdf Document]

 

Academic Calendar

Academic Calendar 2017-18
Academic Calendar 2016-17
Academic Calendar 2015-16
Academic Calendar 2014-15
Academic Calendar 2013-14

 

*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.”

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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training

For information on our Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis course, click here.

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Fundamentals of Psychoanalysis

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.

Fundamentals is:

Theoretical:

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.

Clinical:

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.

Fun:

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.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

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 One, click here.

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 admin@npsi.us.com.