Program in Psychoanalysis

The Program in Psychoanalysis is a continuation of the Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. It offers the candidate the opportunity to further deepen their clinical skills and theoretical understanding of human psychology through a psychoanalytic lens.

All requirements of the Program in Psychotherapy, as well as the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Exam, must be completed before the candidate can move into the next level of classes.


401 Developmental Psychology II
402 Relational Theory
403 Psychopathology II
404 Psychoanalysis and the Brain
405M Recognizing Clinical Process: Macroprocess (four week mini-course)
501 Self and Self States
502 Fall Elective/Dreams, Symbolism and Unconscious Process
503 Multicultural Issues in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
504 Continuous Case Seminar
505M Recognizing Clinical Process: Theoretical Identity (four week mini-course)
601 Attachment Theory in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
602 Fall Elective
603 Spring Elective
700 Final Case Preparation

Supervision Requirements:

A total of 120 hours of supervision is required, in three blocks of 40 hours each with a faculty member who is at least five years post analytic training. Two blocks may be with the same supervisor. Two blocks may cover discussion of any and all cases. One 40-hour block is dedicated to discussing one patient who the candidate is seeing three times a week for 240 continuous hours.

Personal Psychoanalysis Requirements:

If not already doing so, the candidate must begin a minimum of 3x/week psychoanalysis for a minimum of 225 hours. Candidates choose their own personal analysts, who may be either CPPNJ faculty, or another psychoanalyst approved by the CPPNJ Training Committee. A candidate already in treatment with an analyst who is not on the CPPNJ faculty and who wishes to continue with that analyst, must seek approval from the CPPNJ Training Committee. All training analysts must have 5 or more years experience post certification as a psychoanalyst.

Final Case Preparation: 

To graduate, the candidate must submit a written report on the candidate’s psychoanalytic training case to the Chair of the Final Case Presentation Committee. This case report discusses the patient whom the candidate has treated for a minimum of 240 hours, 3 times per week. The Chair will guide the candidate through the final case process, which includes the timeline for writing the case and choosing the faculty committee which will read the final case and hear the oral presentation. In the final case presentation, candidates must demonstrate familiarity and fluidity with aspects of psychoanalytic theory and technique, including (but not limited to) the understanding and use of the transference/countertransference matrix, dream analysis, and interpretation of unconscious motivations. Candidates may or may not elect to use the couch with their control patients. This decision will be made in consultation with the final case supervisors. Candidates should be prepared to provide the explanation for this clinical decision when they prepare the final case report. Candidates are required to present their Final Case within two years of completing all other training requirements.

Upon completion of the course work, the final case presentation, the requirements for supervision and personal analysis, and with approval from the Training Committee, the candidate will be awarded a certificate of completion in Psychoanalysis.