Florida Psychoanalytic Center

Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program

People in classroom 1Mission Statement of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center’s Training Program in Adult Psychoanalysis

The mission of the Florida Psychoanalytic Center’s training program in psychoanalysis is to provide the highest quality education possible in the theory and technique on psychoanalysis to candidates in psychoanalytic training. We deeply appreciate the trust a candidate places in an institution when they select it for their psychoanalytic training. We are committed to providing educational and relational experiences commensurate with that trust.

A second mission in the Florida Psychoanalytic Center’s training program in psychoanalytic is the development of a vibrant psychoanalytic community in Miami and South Florida. South Florida is an area uniquely rich in cultural diversity and intellectual talent and thus abundant with promise to develop into an important presence in psychoanalysis nationally and internationally. We are committed to realizing our community’s potential to become a thriving center of psychaonalysis.

Coursework and Supervision Philosophy for the Training Program in Psychoanalysis

Today’s psychoanalytic world, nationally and internationally, is marked by burgeoning theoretical pluralism and a breadth of theoretical diversity perhaps never-before-seen in psychoanalysis. Our identity as a training institution is anchored in a fundamental value of robust engagement didactically and clinically with multiple theoretical perspectives and broad technical diversity. We seek to prepare candidates to feel equipped to participate confidently in the contemporary psychoanalytic world.

Our commitment to theoretical diversity is evident in both our didactic coursework and clinical supervision offerings. Didactic classes will include courses in Freud, Klein, Bion, Modern Ego Psychology, British Object Relations, Self-Psychology, Interpersonal Psychoanalysis, Relational Psychoanalysis, Intersubjectivity, Lacan, and Post-Bionian Field Theory, as well as other theoretical and clinical approaches. Clinically, we offer ongoing case conferences where candidates present case material to analysts from a variety of different theoretical traditions to provide an opportunity to experience how diverse theoretical ideas look and feel when applied in the clinical situation.

The provision of supervision opportunities encompassing a broad range of clinical approaches is also an anchoring priority for our psychoanalytic training program. We offer a combination of local and long-distance supervision options to allow maximum flexibility in being responsive to candidates’ supervisory needs and desires.

Affiliation with The American Psychoanalytic Association

The Psychoanalytic Training Program is affiliated with and approved by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). 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.

Admission Requirements

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).

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.

Clinician Applicants

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 three pillars of psychoanalytic training are the personal training analysis, didactic seminars, and supervised clinical work.

Training Analysis

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.

Curriculum for Didactic Seminars

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, and the Clinical Case Conference track.

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.

Financial Aid (The Liddle and Hymowitz Fund)

This fund is administered by the American Psychoanalytic Association and is a potential source of grants to eligible Candidates to assist with costs of psychoanalytic education.
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CMEs for Physicians

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and The Florida Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of six AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Important Disclosure Information for All Learners: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CEUs for Other Mental Health Professionals

Continuing education accreditation has been approved by the State of Florida Department of Professional Regulation for Clinical Psychologists (PCE 61). The state has provided education accreditation for Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors and School Psychologists (BAP 192).

Nondiscrimination Policy

The Florida Psychoanalytic Center maintain a non-discriminatory policy with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or marital or parental status in admissions, employment and access to programs.