The personal analysis is the foundation upon which psychoanalytic knowledge and understanding is built. It is conducted, at a frequency of at least four times a week, by a training analyst so designated by the Institute . The objective of this analysis is to enable the candidate to appreciate and understand his or her own unconscious, thereby facilitating the candidate’s capacity to conduct useful therapeutic work. The continuous pursuit toward self- understanding and the capacity to use one’s own unconscious as a tool in the analysis of another are essential to understand and treat psychoanalytic patients.
The training analysis is a dynamic process determined by the needs of the individual. Therefore, its duration cannot be easily determined. It is, however, expected that the training analysis be in progress during a significant part of the candidate’s experience in analyzing his or her first two cases. A training analysis must be under way before matriculation.