The Adult Psychotherapy Training Program is designed for mental health professionals who wish to further their skills and understanding of the psychotherapeutic process. Courses explore assessment, psychopathology, comparative psychoanalysis, psychodynamics, and core clinical concepts in conjunction with clinical case seminars. Supervision will be arranged for eligible participants. A minimum of one year of psychotherapy is required while enrolled in the Adult Psychotherapy Program. This needs to begin no later than the start of the candidate’s work with a patient. A limited number of spaces are available to students who wish to pursue only course work without the clinical patient component.



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 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.

SUPERVISION: A minimum of 80 hours of faculty supervision are 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.

FEES: There is an annual $75 registration fee for each academic year to cover administrative costs. Course tuition is $525 per course per trimester; tuition
is to be paid prior to the start of each trimester. If needed, individual payment plans can be arranged with prior approval. Supervision is $50 per individual session.




FALL: Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – Part I – The basic
concepts of transference, countertransference, resistance, and interpretation are studied. The focus of the course consists of adapting the analytic attitude to the psychotherapy situation.
Syllabi Available to Download First Year Fall – Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy I, Jim Rembar

WINTER: Psychoanalytic Listening – This course focuses on expanding the clinician’s capacity to hear complexity of meaning in the patient’s communications. Emphasis is on the importance of unconscious processes, transference, countertransference, conflict and the use of language.
Syllabi Available to Download First Year Winter – Listening, Roth

SPRING: The Therapeutic Relationship – The therapeutic relationship has been seen as transference, a working alliance, a frame, a holding environment and a source of new experience. The course reviews each of these aspects and focuses on ways of integrating them into the therapist’s clinical work.
Syllabi Available to Download First Year Spring – The Therapeutic Relationship, Maniscalco



FALL: Principles of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy – Part II – This course addresses unconscious processes as they manifest in the treatment situation. Particular emphasis is placed on transference and resistance. Weekly readings are discussed in conjunction with the students’ and instructor’s case material to highlight the article under discussion. The major goals of the course are for students to become aware of the manifestations of unconscious material in the session, the interaction between patient and therapist, the ways in which patient and therapist contribute to the interaction and the meaning of what is communicated.
Syllabi Available to Download Second Year Fall – Principles – Part II, Heller

WINTER: Comparative Psychoanalytic Theory from a Contemporary Clinical Perspective – This course examines five major orientations within contemporary psychoanalysis: classical, object relations, self psychology, interpersonal, and relational. The overall goal is to gain an understanding of how to apply the concepts of each orientation to the clinical encounter.
Syllabi Available to Download Comparative Psychoanalytic Theory – Contemporary Clinical Perspective, Crane

SPRING: The Theory and Treatment of Patients with Severe Psychopathology – This course reviews theory and techniques relevant to working with more disturbed patients. Readings address affective disorders, substance abuse, trauma, sexual abuse, ethical dilemmas, and the integration of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
Syllabi Available to Download Second Year Spring – Severe Pathology, Berenson

There is a required Group Supervision three times each trimester during both years of course work. The Group Supervision will be held from 8:40-10PM. Dates to be announced by the faculty member facilitating the group.



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“As a very new member, I would like to add how surprised I was that I had such an amazing time at WCSPP’s retreat…So many of you were so very authentically welcoming to me and my classmates. It is very exciting to be poised in joining your open, honest, respectful, thoughtful, complex and very fun community. Thank you, All!”  – Sheri Gold, LCSW