Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Foundational Principles and Techniques of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (“FPP”) is a carefully structured two year program which will impart a basic grounding in the conceptual framework, technical parameters, values and goals of a fully psychodynamic approach to working with individual adult psychotherapy patients. Candidates will take a series of weekly seminars (Tuesday evenings) designed to convey the core concepts, clinical stance, and professional attitudes that embody the unique qualities of psychoanalytically informed relatedness. The curriculum will include approaches to psychoanalytic listening and the therapeutic relationship; initiating treatment with a new patient; fundamental ideas about the mutative processes of psychodynamic therapy; the crucial roles of unconscious influences and motivations in treatment; as well as an overview of a psychoanalytic concept of human development. In addition, all candidates will be required to engage in carefully supervised clinical work and to pursue personal psychotherapy with an experienced, psychoanalytically certified therapist. Students who have completed the FPP can apply for advanced standing in the Advanced Psychoanalytic Training Program.

• 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 Licensed 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.


COURSE WORK: The two year academic program is organized as a trimester system with one course per trimester. The course meets for one hour and twenty minutes for 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:20 PM. On the twelfth Tuesday of each trimester, candidates attend a Town Meeting where WCSPP candidates, graduates, and faculty assemble for discussion. In addition, there is a monthly group supervision which candidates in both years of the program participate. The group meets after class from 8:30 to 9:45 three times a trimester.

SUPERVISION: A minimum of 80 hours of faculty supervision is required over two years. In order to earn credit, participants must have at least 40 hours with the same faculty supervisor.

CLINICAL REQUIREMENT: Candidates are required to provide treatment on a weekly basis to patients. Training patients are assigned through the Psychotherapy Service for a minimum of 80 hours over two years. Upon graduation, training patients may be transferred to the candidate’s private practice.

PERSONAL ANALYSIS: Personal psychotherapy must be concurrent with treating a patient from the WCSPP Psychotherapy Service. The minimum requirement is weekly psychotherapy with a psychotherapist who can be a graduate of WCSPP or another recognized institute program in psychoanalysis and have five years of experience beyond certification. Therapists trained outside WCSPP must be approved by the Training Committee. Training psychotherapists do not participate in administrative decisions about the candidate nor do they report on the candidate’s progress.