Adult Analytical Program – Curriculum

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Adult Analytical Program – Curriculum2020-04-20T14:31:35-04:00

The course of study comprises the three traditional components of a psychoanalytical education: curriculum. training analysis, and supervised psychoanalysis. 

IPTAR’S Mission Statement

It is our mission to train qualified and interested members of the professions of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing and other allied fields in the principals and practice of psychoanalysis.  We are committed to providing expert psychoanalytical treatment to meet the increasing needs of the community of at a cost our clients can afford. As a member of the IPA, we are bound by the organization’s constitution and bylaws and committed to meeting it’s rigorous standards. It is through scholarship in the theories of contemporary Freudian perspectives  using the tripartite model of supervised clinical work, didactic course work and personal analysis that we prepare our candidates  to become expert Psychoanalysts.  In addition to the core curriculum we encourage participation in workshops and seminars on a wide variety of topics that are offered at the IPTAR Clinical Center. We provide an extensive selection of publications in our clinical library, as well as access to the PepWeb website to all of our candidates and members.

The Curriculum

The program’s curriculum is governed by a contemporary Freudian perspective. Rooted in the original Freudian text, the curriculum includes important elaborations and transformations of the original concepts that have led to today’s expanded understanding of psychopathology, development, technique, and application. A psychoanalytic education enables a therapist to choose the best treatment modality to maximize the patient’s potential for growth. Teaching is done in the context of clinical illustration, making theoretical learning relevant to actual practice.

Training Analysis

The training analysis is central to psychoanalytic practice. By providing candidates with an experience of their own unconscious life, conflicts, and dynamics, it has personal value and enables the development of the self-awareness and self-knowledge, essential to empathizing with patients and working in the transference and counter-transference. A training analysis is a means of understanding the basis of psychoanalysis in ways not possible through course work or supervision alone, and it adds a personal, experiential dimension to the theoretical concepts and methodology of psychoanalysis. Deep conviction about the psychoanalytic process and method comes from the experience of simultaneously analyzing one’s patients and being in psychoanalysis oneself.

Supervised Psychoanalysis: Control Work

Supervised psychoanalysis at IPTAR consists of two complementary learning experiences: the weekly supervision of the candidate’s clinical work by an IPTAR Fellow and a review of the candidate’s twice-yearly written descriptions of each case’s developing analytic process.

The primary emphasis of the weekly supervision is on the development of the candidate’s clinical skills. The candidate treats two analytic patients, each at a frequency of four times per week, under the supervision of an IPTAR Fellow. One case is supervised for a minimum of three years; a second case for a minimum of two years.

 Please click application for admission to complete an application for the program in Adult Psychoanalysis.

IPTAR’S Non-Discrimination Statement

IPTAR is committed to a policy of  equal treatment and opportunity in every aspect of its relations with it’s members and candidates, without regard to age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation.


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