(1 Year Program)
The One-Year Basic Concepts in Psychotherapy program is an excellent way for students to continue their professional education and serves as a way for students to assess their interest in further analytic training. Basic Concepts students participate in the same academic classes and group supervision as students in the Three-Year program. Though the classes are the same, Basic Concepts students do not see patients at the Sarah A. Meehan Center, they do not receive supervision, and they are not required to be in personal analysis. Mid-way through the year, students in the One-Year program have the option to apply to continue on as students in the Three-Year program. Should they decide not to continue their training, a Letter of Completion is granted to all students who graduate at the end of the academic year.
(3 Year Program)
Students in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis programs follow the development of psychoanalytic thought, learning how each new theory built on and/or altered what came before, with the hope that students will continue to develop their ability to help their clients. These students must be in their own personal analysis (2x per week for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy students, and 3x per week for Psychoanalysis students) and must be in individual supervision (see below for more details). These students have the privilege of seeing patients at the Sarah A. Meehan Center, if they wish. Hours worked at the Center count toward advanced licensure. Furthermore, students who donate eight patient hours per week at the Center do not have to pay for supervision or tuition. These students are still required to pay an annual registration fee of $200 and pay for their own personal analysis.
In addition to Group Supervision, students in the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program will have one individual hour of supervision per week during their first year. In the second and third year of the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program and the fourth year of the Psychoanalysis program students will have two intensive supervisory sessions per week, one of overall supervision and one of intensive supervision/analytic control. A minimum of 30 months of supervision as specified is required for graduation in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and 50 months for graduation in Psychoanalysis. Overall supervision is individual supervision which covers the student's entire case load. Its purpose is to oversee the student's total clinical performance and the handling of administrative responsibilities. Intensive supervision (analytic control) is individual supervision which is focused on one, or, at most, a few selected cases. First year supervisors are assigned. Thereafter they are selected by the student in accordance with the Training Institute's guidelines.
(4 Year Program)
Students in the Psychoanalytic (4th year) program have the same class and supervision structure as students in the three year program, though they work with more advanced coursework. However, in addition to the coursework, one of the main focuses of the fourth year is the completion of a 50 page Case Presentation, which focuses on one client that the student has seen 3x per week for at least one calendar year. The Case Presentation is an opportunity to analyze the work with one client from at least two schools of psychoanalytic thought. In our view, a skilled clinician is able to understand patient material through the lenses of different schools of thought, and is able to choose from these approaches how best to interact with what is happening, moment to moment, in the therapy room. Through writing this intensive case, and through working with the faculty assigned to them on their case committee on understanding how different psychoanalytic viewpoints would handle the material in different ways, the student gets invaluable insight into how to fluidly move between different schools of analytic thought.
Finally, we try to encourage our 4th year students to engage with the larger psychoanalytic world. To that end, 4th year students have the opportunity to work with Dr. Karen Starr, on how to shape their psychoanalytic material into professional papers. In addition, we try to introduce these students to professionals who have been recognized for excellence in our field. This year our students will have the opportunity to work with Dr Joan Berzoff, among other excellent faculty members.