Greater understanding. Deeper connections. Meaningful results.

The training program is dedicated to the exploration of the entire spectrum of psychoanalytic theory and produces psychoanalysts of the first rank. Our candidates are encouraged to approach their studies with an attitude of critical inquiry.

The Center’s curriculum embraces a range of educational opportunities, including personal analysis, seminars and supervision of psychoanalytic work. With the approval of the Progression Committee, candidates in the General Psychoanalytic Training Program may enroll concurrently in the Child Program.

Admission Requirements

The Center has high standards for all applicants. We seek excellence in educational and clinical backgrounds; an aptitude for the practice of psychoanalysis; and qualities of maturity, integrity, and intellectual honesty

The Center does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. The Center has a policy of non-discrimination for persons with disabilities otherwise qualified in accordance with California and Federal law.

For complete details about the training program, please consult the brochure and contact the Center via email at:


The American Psychoanalytic Association has established minimum requirements for the selection of clinical associates. As an affiliate of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the New Center follows these guidelines. These requirements for clinicians include the following:

  • To be eligible for psychoanalytic training, the applicant must possess the highest academic degree associated with the licensure of that profession. Proof of a valid license and appropriate malpractice insurance are required before matriculation.
  • Psychiatrists must hold an M.D. degree from a medical school accredited by ACGME, a license to practice medicine in the State of California and have completed the second year of full-time psychiatric residency.
  • Psychologists must hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D. from a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association and a license to practice clinical psychology in the State of California.
  • Social Workers must hold a Ph.D., DSW, or MSW degree in social work from a GADE accredited program and a California license to practice clinical social work. Those with an MSW must subsequently complete at least two additional years of didactic and clinical training involving immersion in a rigorous program such as our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists must hold an M.A. from an accredited graduate program and a license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Individuals who have graduated with a clinical master’s degree that is generally recognized as the highest clinical degree within a specific mental health profession must subsequently complete at least two additional years of didactic and clinical training involving immersion in a rigorous program such as our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
  • Psychotherapy training with close supervision is required. Supervision with a psychoanalyst is recommended.

It is desirable that applicants have didactic or practical experiences that allow a broad understanding of cultural, economic, ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.


The Research Training Program is designed for those who are not primarily clinical practitioners and plan to maintain their professional identity as academic researchers after graduation.

Our aim is to equip these academicians with a thorough knowledge of psychoanalysis. This in turn enables them to utilize psychoanalytic perspectives and insights to enrich their research contributions while applying their expertise to psychoanalytic investigation. The requirements for academicians are:

  • Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree or be post-masters-level graduate students of unusual potential in their field from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Office of Education.
  • Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at a university.
  • Applicants must exhibit a record of scholarly originality and accomplishment. They should possess a serious interest in psychoanalysis, see its relevance to their own field of endeavor, and be committed to the application of psychoanalytic ideas to advance their research.
  • The Center requires educational and clinical experiences prior to or during the candidacy of any applicants who do not fully meet any of the above requirements.

Continued training in supervised clinical psychoanalysis requires the granting of a waiver of the mental health profession requirement of the American Psychoanalytic Association. This step is conditional upon the applicants having obtained clinical experience deemed adequate by the Center and the American Psychoanalytic Association. The Center will help candidates meet this requirement.