“The [one] who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in a moment of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing.. that is the [one] who cares.”

— Henri Nouwen

Psychoanalytic Training: Curriculum

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Psychoanalytic training involves four years of course work, divided into three trimesters per year. Course work is divided into three parallel tracks that are pursued simultaneously:  theory, development, and technique tracks. 

Classes begin with Freud and other seminal theorists and authors considered to be within the central stream of psychoanalytic theory. Candidates are encouraged to develop their own analytic identity through in-depth study of the subsequent major schools and influences within psychoanalysis including Ego Psychology, Object Relations Psychology, Self Psychology and Relational Theory. 

In addition to providing an in-depth exposure to the rich heritage that is classical psychoanalysis, subsequent influences and contributions are actively integrated into a balanced curriculum. The curriculum is intended to enhance and work in tandem with the two other dimensions of the training experience, the personal analysis and analytic case work, in order to provide the richest training experience possible.