Advanced Psychoanalytic Training

Advanced Psychoanalytic Training, “APT”: – After completing the Foundational Principles and Techniques of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Foundational Principles “FPP” requirements, candidates will have the opportunity to enroll as “Advanced Candidates” in an individualized program of studies aimed at preparing students for the highest level of certification in Psychoanalysis. Recognizing that the complex process of developing competence as a psychoanalyst is unique to each candidate, this program is designed to offer significant flexibility in choosing learning formats, course selection and sequencing, as well as in organizing one’s professional time. Advanced Candidates will be joining a “Learning Community” of fellow students pursuing the common goal of personal and professional development, guided by the highly experienced faculty of WCSPP.

A weekly Clinical Case Seminar will be attended by all advanced candidates. This seminar provides the opportunity to bond with and learn from one’s fellow students as well as to be instructed by a senior clinician.

Each year candidates will choose from an array of current course offerings and unique learning formats in order to acquire the credits they need to fulfill the formal requirements for certification. These academic requirements will fall into 4 broad Domains of Study:

A) The History and Theory of Psychoanalysis
B) The Analytic Relationship and Technique
C) The Course of Human Development
D) Electives and/or Independent Study

In each Domain, the curriculum committee will determine the distribution of elective and required credits.

In order to provide individualized guidance and support, each candidate will be assigned a Faculty Advisor, who will help that candidate steer a path that meets their unique learning needs and preferences.

• PSYCHIATRY: M.D. from an accredited medical school and psychiatric residency. State license procured or license eligible.

• PSYCHOLOGY: Ph.D. or Psy.D. in psychology from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.

• SOCIAL WORK: M.S.W. or Ph.D.
in Social Work from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.

• NURSE PRACTITIONER: N.P. from an accredited university. State license procured or license eligible.

• Other MENTAL HEALTH professionals from accredited programs, Marriage and Family Therapist, Mental Health Therapist, Creative Arts Therapist. State license procured or license eligible.

Admission is by application and interviews. Applications should be submitted by June 1 of the academic year. Each applicant must have current professional liability insurance.


PERSONAL ANALYSIS: Personal analysis, the foundation of a psychoanalytic education, must be concurrent with training and begin by January of the first year in the program. The minimum requirement is 400 hours with 200 hours of at least three sessions per week and 200 hours of at least two sessions per week.
A training analyst at WCSPP must be a graduate of a recognized institute program in psychoanalysis and have five years of experience beyond certification. Analysts trained outside WCSPP must be approved by the Training Committee. Training analysts do not participate in administrative decisions about the candidate nor do they report on the candidate’s progress.

SUPERVISION: Supervision of 200 hours must be distributed among at least four faculty supervisors. Candidates are required to treat at least two training patients and have at least 40 hours with the same supervisor to earn credit. It is expected that candidates continue in supervision for the duration of their training. An additional year (40 hours) of supervision is required with a candidate in, or graduate of, the WCSPP Supervisory Training Program at no cost. Additional supervision may be required of some candidates to address their individual training needs.

CLINICAL REQUIREMENT: Candidates are required to provide psychoanalytic treatment to at least two training patients at a minimum of two times per week throughout their training. Training patients are assigned through the Psychotherapy Service. Upon graduation, training patients may be transferred to the candidate’s private practice.

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION: Candidates are required to successfully complete course work and supervision, fulfill the personal psychoanalysis requirement, and be granted the final approval of the Training Committee.