Adult Psychoanalysis Training

The Educational Program 

The training program in psychoanalysis teaches this practice of psychoanalysis through an extensive study of theories of mind and of the interplay between these theories and the clinical situation. Psychoanalytic training consists of three parts:

The didactic portion of the training involves in-class hours divided among courses in several categories, some focused on the conceptual basis of the psychoanalytic understanding of mind and others more on the application of psychoanalytic perspectives in the clinical setting. Seminars are meant to be an active learning experience with the discussion of clinical experience relevant to the papers read. Candidates are encouraged to present examples from their work and to present to a continuous case conference when possible.

Certificate Programs Course Requirements
Eligibility

Applicants to the clinical training programs must be licensed to do clinical work in North or South Carolina, depending on where they reside. This can be a provisional license.
Our program is affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), which accredits our psychoanalysis training program. Requirements for psychoanalysis training are listed here:
  • Students may be psychiatrists (MD and DO); clinical psychologists (PhD or PsyD); clinical social workers (MSW, PhD in Social Work); nurse practitioners (PMHNP), and other doctoral level mental health clinicians.
  • Students with a master's degree from an accredited mental health degree program are eligible if they have at least two years of post graduate didactic and clinical training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy. This can be gained in the first two years of our program.
  • Certain medical and masters level students (e.g. primary care, psychology, nursing, licensed professional counselors) who have two years of post graduate didactic and clinical training and experience in psychodynamic psychotherapy will need confirmation from the American Psychoanalytic Association of our recommendation to begin psychoanalysis training. In our experience this has not been problematic.

If accepted, clinical students in both training programs are required to join and maintain membership in the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. Academic students are encouraged to join, but it is not a requirement of matriculation.

How to Apply
Tuition and Fees