Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program
Psychoanalysts share a deep respect for the uniqueness of each individual. They are committed to collaborating authentically with their patients in a process of discovery and growth. These values are embedded in the comprehensive and broad-based curriculum of Psychoanalytic Training at the Florida Psychoanalytic Center. Analytic candidates are encouraged to think critically, to learn through self-knowledge, and to draw insight and inspiration from great psychoanalytic thinkers and clinicians, past and present.
The Florida Psychoanalytic Center offers training in psychoanalysis with adults to qualified mental health professionals and to selected scholars, educators and other professionals. The Psychoanalytic Training Program is affiliated with and approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) and follows the guidelines and procedures of APsaA’s Board on Professional Standards.
The three pillars of psychoanalytic training—personal training analysis, seminars, and supervised analytic work—provide rich, varied, and profound opportunities for experiential and didactic learning.
Our faculty consistently strives to provide Psychoanalysts-in-Training with an excellent education in an atmosphere of mutual respect and intellectual openness and inquiry. Graduates of the Institute are well prepared to be leaders in the psychoanalytic community, and in their original professional fields.
Psychoanalytic Candidates can become Affiliate Members of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Upon graduation they are eligible to become Active Members of the APsaA and the International Psychoanalytical Association, as well as Active Members of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center.
The Florida Psychoanalytic Center has high standards for all applicants. We seek excellence in educational and clinical backgrounds; an aptitude for the practice of psychoanalysis; and personal maturity, integrity and intellectual honesty.
For complete details about the training program, please contact the Center.
We follow the American Psychoanalytic Association’s criteria in selecting candidates. Requirements for clinician-applicants include:
- The applicant must hold the highest academic degree associated with the licensure in his/her clinical profession. Proof of a valid license and appropriate malpractice insurance are required before matriculation.
- Psychiatrists must hold an M.D or DO degree from an accredited medical school , a license to practice medicine in Florida and have completed at least the second year of full-time psychiatric residency.
- Psychologists must hold a Ph.D. or Psy.D. or equivalent from an accredited doctoral program and a license to practice clinical psychology in Florida.
- Social Workers must hold an MSW degree in social work from an accredited program and a Florida license to practice clinical social work. Those with an MSW must subsequently complete at least two additional years of didactic and clinical training with immersion in a rigorous program such as our Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Course.
- Other doctoral level mental health clinicians and applicants with a master’s degree from an accredited mental health degree program are eligible if they have at least two years of post graduate didactic and clinical training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Academic and Non-Clinical Applicants
In some instances, outstanding scholar-researchers, educators, and members of other professionals may be admitted to psychoanalytic training, primarily for the purpose of enhancing work in their original fields . These individuals must meet the criteria of the Committee on Research and Special Training of the American Psychoanalytic Association. If you have a question about your eligibility or wish more information about this possibility, please contact us.
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Structure & Curriculum
The personal or training analysis is a cornerstone of analytic education. The candidate’s own analytic experience, in conjunction with didactic seminars and treating cases with supervision, provides an essential, very personal basis for integrating the theory of psychoanalysis with its practice and with its experiential meaning.
This analysis illuminates unconscious attitudes that might complicate and obstruct the analyst’s effectiveness in performing psychoanalytic treatment; and it facilitates the gaining 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 standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
- We recommend 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 candidate’s personal analysis is conducted in person at a frequency of four to five times a week through termination.
The psychoanalytic curriculum includes four years of seminars and courses, and completing the required supervised and independent clinical work may require more time. Course work introduces the candidate to both historical and contemporary points of view of analysis. The continually evolving nature of psychoanalytic knowledge and the relevance of multiple perspectives for understanding and working with analytic cases is central to our curriculum. It challenges the candidate to integrate the multiplicity of theories and perspectives that are the hallmark of analysis today. Candidates will develop their own points of view and the ability to be open to continually learning from patients, papers and discussions.
The curriculum is organized into five tracks: Theory, Technique, Psychopathology, Development, Psychoanalytic Understanding and Explanation; and there are also continuous case presentations by candidates of their analytic work in each year.
The academic year consists of two semesters from September to June. Classes are taught in small seminar groups on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings, on alternating weekends. Candidates must attend all seminars, and they also need to allot time for the assigned readings for each class.
After completing the four-year didactic curriculum, candidates continue to attend continuous case conferences until graduation.
Supervised Clinical Work
Sufficient clinical experience, while participating in the didactic seminars, is crucial for a good analytic education. Each candidate begins supervised clinical work when authorized by the Progression Committee, which regularly reviews their progress in training. We recommend that candidates have regular meetings with an approved supervisor when they begin classes, and supervision is required once a candidate begins seeing a patient in analysis. Supervisory sessions are conducted weekly and supervised cases are seen a minimum of four times weekly. Candidates are encouraged to have as many concurrent cases as possible and to work with three or more supervising analysts.
Graduation requires the satisfactory supervised analyses of three adults, including both genders. Cases must show development of a psychoanalytic process.
The Institute’s requirements for graduation follow the standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. They include:
- Successful completion of the required courses and seminars.
- A personal training analysis.
- Demonstration of competence in psychoanalysis with a minimum of three psychoanalytic control cases, and a minimum of 1200 documented supervised hours of analytic work.
- Completion of required supervisor-approved case reports.
The Institute informs the American Psychoanalytic Association when training is complete. Each graduate of the Institute is eligible to represent him/herself as a psychoanalyst and apply for full membership in the Center and in the American and the International Psychoanalytic Associations.
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Tuition & Fees
- Tuition 2016-2017 (Years 1 through 4): $3,500
- Tuition Advanced: $2,000
- Annual Literature Fee (Years 1 through 4): $200
- Annual Leave of Absence Fee: $500
- PEP Fee: $35
Tuition and fees for the academic year are due in advance. If needed, one-half of the tuition ($1,750) may be paid by September 1 and the remainder ($1,750) by January 1. Tuition can be paid online with credit card, bank account, or PayPal account:
The Institute is sensitive to the fact that psychoanalytic education can present significant financial difficulties for some candidates, especially when they may already be burdened by debt from medical school or graduate studies. We encourage applicants who are concerned about training costs to discuss available options with the Chair of the Education Committee or the Chair of the Admissions Subcommittee.
Fees for Training Analyses and Psychoanalytic Supervision
Fees for personal analysis and supervision are determined individually by Training Analysts and Supervisors in consultation with the Candidate or applicant. Many Training Analysts and Supervisors will consider reductions from their customary fees in accordance with the Candidate’s financial situation.