FAQ’s when considering psychoanalytic training

Can I work while I complete the training?

Yes it is possible. You will need to consider your “class day” (Wednesday) which is the same day of the week for all four years.  It covers a significant chunk of the day (12-5:45) but most candidates have negotiated a work schedule with training. In fact most candidates have some sort of job at clinics or in private practice, or at colleges and universities. In addition to class hours, you should consider the significant amount of reading expected as well as time to see patients, your own required analysis, and required supervision hours throughout your four years of training.

Is there financial aid?

Yes there is financial aid available for qualified students.

Do I get paid for seeing clients?

Candidates receive a stipend that increases as you accrue patient hours.  It is received in one monthly check.

I don't have much clinical experience, should I still apply?

Yes, by all means. Although several candidates hold a license in a mental health profession and have been working in the field, many are just beginning their careers or are transitioning from other fields such as academia or the arts.  If you are committed to rigorous training, and a curiosity about yourself and others, go for it.

Am I required to write lots of papers?

You are required to complete a final case study based on your control case (three times weekly patient) and present it to the community in your final year.  Other than that writing is assigned per class, and encouraged for process and to develop an ability to speak about a patient clinically.

How many patients will I be assigned?

Depending on whether your goal is to accrue hours for the NYS license in Psychoanalysis or the certificate it will vary. To graduate you must see 1200 hours of combined psychotherapy and psychoanalytic patients accumulated over four years. You are responsible for advising the intake committee that you have open hours to fill.

Are there other opportunities for seminars?

Yes.  There are seminars and guest speakers throughout the year open to ICP candidates on varying topics from the other divisions at ICP (PCGS, TRAUMA, CSAB, CATS).

Who can apply?

You must have completed a Masters degree to apply for training.

If I am not licensed, can I apply?

Yes. While several candidates are licensed counselors it is not a prerequisite. Many candidates have Masters degrees or PhDs in the humanities.

What are the main elements of training?

Training is broken down into three main sections which include coursework, clinical case supervision, and personal analysis.

How do I find an analyst?

ICP will assist in finding you an analyst from the institute or you can research on your own. If you have an analyst you are free to continue working with them as long as they meet the training requirements of ICP and have been in practice for a minimum of five years.

How do I find a supervisor?

The institute will provide you with a list of available supervisors.  Candidates are responsible to interview and choose someone to work with.  All candidates are required to be in clinical supervision throughout their four years in training.

Where will I see patients?

You can see patients at the institute or in your private office. If you are not licensed you must see patients at ICP

Realistically, will I be able to complete the program in 4 years?

Yes. Many candidates complete the program in four years.  Some take an extra year to make revisions on their paper or finish accruing patient hours if they plan on taking the licensing test.

How much does training at ICP cost?

Tuition for the academic year of 2016-2017 was $2500 for classes. Tuition for our 2016-2017 year is still TBD.  Clinical supervision is $50 per hour twice a week and you will need to take into account your analysis.  Fees are agreed upon between you and your analyst. You must complete three times weekly analysis for a minimum duration of two years.  The other two years there is a minimum of twice weekly analysis.

What will I have after I graduate from the program?

Upon graduation you will have a certificate in psychoanalysis.  You are also qualified to sit for the NYS license test if you wish to become a licensed psychoanalyst.