Overlaying the training in Adult Psychoanalysis at IPTAR is the idea that psychoanalytic education prepares the clinician for understanding human character, development, and psychopathology and the inter-relationships among people. At the completion of this program all clinicians will receive: Certification as a Psychoanalyst in New York State, Membership in the IPTAR Society, Membership in the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA) and the right to use the credential “FIPA” (Fellow of the IPA) after your name, and Membership in the Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies (CIPS)
The course of study comprises the three traditional components of a psychoanalytical education: curriculum. training analysis, and supervised psychoanalysis.
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.
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 at IPTAR consists of two complementary learning experiences:
- the weekly supervision of the candidate’s clinical work by an IPTAR Fellow
- 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.
In addition to the opportunity of becoming a member of a vibrant intellectual community, IPTAR offers a number of valuable resources to its candidates, including a scholarships; a comprehensive psychoanalytic library and access to PEP WeB; a vital candidates’ organization; and the IPTAR Clinical Center (ICC). Through the ICC, candidates may be referred patients and begin to develop a private practice. For their work at the ICC candidates receive fees and free supervision from members of IPTAR.
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