Training in Adult Psychoanalysis

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Training in Adult Psychoanalysis2020-05-18T15:27:51-04:00

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 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 (Treatment Plans) 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 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.

For more information on Admission and Fees click here


During these unexpected and challenging times, we would like to share an update and a message of hope to our potential applicants. IPTAR remains dedicated to working together throughout this difficult period- our organization is open and fully operating. Though we are separated from our community space and each other, we have continued to work together, support one another, and look forward to exciting and eventful times ahead.


While none of us can predict when this situation will resolve, we have developed online remote programs for candidates to continue their coursework. Our clinical center has a robust flow of patients for candidates to conduct teletherapy sessions under supervision, and our community has organized weekly online events to support each other during these trying times. We are incredibly grateful to our members, candidates and administrative staff all of whom have adjusted to the unique difficulties resulting from this pandemic.


We remain confident that our organization will emerge from this crisis stronger and more adaptable than ever before.

Application Deadline: June 1st

You can view the application for the program in Adult Psychoanalysis here.

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