The foundation of psychoanalytic training is the personal or training analysis. This analysis illuminates unconscious attitudes that might hamper psychoanalytic treatment and facilitates the acquisition of self-analytic skills. Although most training analyses extend beyond four years, the frequency and duration of the analysis are determined by the training analyst and candidate. In accordance with the Minimum Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association:
- It is recommended that a candidate begin personal analysis before starting the seminars, ideally a year or more prior to matriculation.
- The candidate must be in analysis with a training analyst for a substantial period of time that overlaps with the supervised casework.
The psychoanalytic curriculum
encompasses a four-year period; completion of the required supervised and
independent clinical work may require more time. The curriculum is based
on multiple paradigms. Psychoanalytic concepts are reconsidered throughout
the four-year period, building on the student’s increasing experience
and theoretical insights. We invite upper level candidates to participate
in curriculum development. The Center's curriculum is evaluated on an ongoing
basis, reflecting new developments in psychoanalysis and the feedback of
our students and faculty.
The academic year consists of two semesters, or approximately nine months. Most classes occur in small seminar groups on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Candidates must attend all seminars unless other arrangements have been made in writing and approved by the Progression Committee. Participation in the Institute Analysis Conference (IAC) and the Infant Observation Course, outside of regular seminar hours, is also required.
After the completion of formal seminars, candidates are required to take two seminars, one theoretical and one case conference, per year until graduation.
Supervised Clinical Work
Each candidate undertakes
supervised clinical work with the authorization of the Progression Committee.
Approval is dependent on the candidate’s total progress in training.
The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to work analytically. After presenting each case at the Institute Analysis Conference (IAC), a minimum of 50 supervision hours per case is required. The minimum standards for graduation require that the candidate treat three supervised psychoanalytic cases and complete 200 supervision hours total, with three different supervising analysts. Supervised cases must include both genders and a clinic case. At least one case should be in the advanced phase of analysis or evidence successful termination of treatment.
The Center's requirements for graduation are in accordance with those established by the Board of Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. They include:
- The successful completion of all required courses and seminars
- A personal training analysis
- A minimum of three psychoanalytic control cases
- The presentation of case reports at the IAC, with the approval of supervisors and the Progression Committee, before commencing psychoanalytic treatment
The Center informs the American Psychoanalytic Association about the completion of training. All graduates of the Center are eligible to apply for full membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association.
NCP offers a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychoanalysis. Candidates for the degree must complete the full curriculum, including clinical seminars, with a high degree of excellence and a special course in psychoanalytic research methodology and another in epistemology. Candidates must also write a thesis that passes the rigorous scrutiny of the doctoral committee.
NCP offers the Ph.D. for candidates who wish to develop research skills required for the advancement of psychoanalytic knowledge. Through course work and guided independent study, students become familiar with the epistemological foundations of psychoanalytic thought as they learn to apply research techniques to the study of the mind.
The thesis may be on a problem in theoretical, applied or clinical psychoanalysis. It must demonstrate a broad knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and must be of a quality suitable for publication in a psychoanalytic journal. The thesis should demonstrate knowledge of psychoanalysis in the form of a scientific contribution of publishable quality.
The clinical associate will have instructional and consultative assistance in determining and organizing an approach to a topic of interest as early as possible in the course of their training. In addition, each student is required to select a thesis advisor who, along with two additional thesis readers, will be available for discussion of the projected paper and for consultation as progress on the paper proceeds. The ultimate step in the education of psychoanalytic scholars involves the public defense of the ideas, methods, findings and implications of the candidate's doctoral research project at an NCP forum, directed by the chair of the doctoral research committee.
NCP also offers a Doctor of Psychology in Psychoanalysis. Candidates for the degree must complete the full curriculum, including clinical seminars, with a high degree of excellence and a special course in psychoanalytic research methodology and another in epistemology. Candidates must also write a thesis that passes the scrutiny of the doctoral committee; however, the standards of research are more flexible than those of the Ph.D.
The Colloquium is an oral examination of the candidate’s knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and technique. Candidates take the Colloquium in the year following the fourth year of seminars. Two active analytic cases are required to take the Colloquium.