Clinical Experience

Supervised clinical experience during training seeks to foster understanding in the areas of diagnosis, psychopathology, and psychodynamics. To foster the development of clinical skills, the curriculum is designed to integrate theoretical coursework with direct practice. Psychoanalytic candidates should begin to analyze their first case as soon as they have developed a basic understanding of the psychoanalytic situation and of the technique of starting a psychoanalysis. Ordinarily, this will be before the end of the first year of classes. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Candidates should begin identifying and working with suitable clients as soon as reasonably possible.


Candidates who are members of the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program must analyze a minimum of three adult cases under supervision. In certain situations, additional cases may be required. Each supervised case is seen four to five times weekly and, to be considered for credit, all cases must show evidence of a psychoanalytic process. To graduate from the Institute, the candidate must complete 90 months of supervised work and one adult case must be supervised through to an acceptable analytic termination. Supervision of each of the first two cases begins at a frequency of one hour per week, decreasing to less frequent consultation as the candidate’s ability to analyze increases. A minimum of 150 hours of supervision, divided among at least three different supervisors, is required.


Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Candidates should plan on having at least one case in weekly supervision during the first year of training. [Frequency of supervision can be negotiated during the second year.]