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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]