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Judit Lendvay, MD
Chair, Admissions Committee
Deena Harris, M.D.
Co-Chair, Admissions Committee
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Analytic supervision is the crucial integrative experience of the candidate’s education, bringing together both the didactic analytic curriculum and the personal training analysis. In supervision, the candidate learns how to assess the appropriateness of psychoanalytic treatment, how to evaluate and facilitate the conversion to psychoanalysis from psychotherapy, and how to conduct an analysis.
The supervisory relationship offers the candidate a forum in which to explore his or her evolving understanding of the relationship of clinical work and analytic theory, to learn analytic skills, and to have an important mentoring and modeling opportunity, all of which are aspects of the candidate’s developing analytic identity.
Each first-year candidate is assigned a supervisor from the Center’s roster of Training and Supervising Analysts at the beginning of his or her training. Their work begins by reviewing the candidate’s private practice for patient’s who might benefit from psychoanalysis and pursuing the process of converting a patient from a psychotherapy to psychoanalytic treatment. When the candidate successfully converts a private case, or begins an analysis with a patient referred by the Center’s Admission and Treatment Service, the candidate an supervisor begin their supervision of the candidates first case.
Once the first case is begun, a candidate is assigned a second supervisor to begin the process of case finding once again. And when the second analysis begins a third supervisor is assigned. Candidates are invited to submit a request to be assigned a particular supervisor for their third case.
After the third supervised analysis begins, the candidate is encouraged to take up unsupervised private psychoanalyses. Candidates are advised to consult once or twice a year about such patients with a consultant analyst of their choice from the faculty of the Center. After graduation, the candidate is expected to continue these analytic cases to their conclusion as he or she would with any private cases.
To complete the training program a candidate must treat under supervision a minimum of three cases for a total minimum of 90 months combined. (For a detailed description of the criteria for graduation see our progression manual.)
Patients whom candidates treat under the auspices of the Admission and Treatment Service pay their treatment fees to the Center, and the candidate does not pay for supervision Candidates treating private patients in psychoanalysis collect their fees from their patients and pay the Center a monthly supervision fee comparable to the low average monthly fees paid by Admission and Treatment Service patients.