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1. What does the training entail?
-Each candidate must be in a 4x/week training analysis with a Training Analyst (TSA). The TSA must be a (accredited) Columbia faculty member or a TSA from New York Psychoanalytic, Institute for Psychoanalytic Education or the White Institute. If the TSA is from one of these other institutes, the analysis must occur at a frequency of 4x/week and the Director of the Columbia Center must confirm that the analyst is in good standing at his/her home institute.
-If you do not have an analyst – we will help you to find one
-Your analysis needs to begin by October of your first year of classes.
-Every candidate will analyze at least three patients (at least one of each gender) at a frequency of 4x/week and will have weekly supervision for each of the cases with a separate supervisor.
-Classes meet from 11-3 on Mondays and 1-3 on Thursdays
-A candidate who is attending full time will complete our course work in 4 ½ years
-Attendance at Classes is expected
-Many candidates elect to go ½ time for certain periods and this is accomodated whenever possible.
2. What are the eligibility criteria?
-Applicants for psychoanalytic training need to be fully licensed to practice medicine or psychology in NY. They must also maintain valid malpractice insurance.
-Applicants must have a terminal degree in their field -MD’s must be in their final year of psychiatric residency, PhD’s and PsyD’s must be fully licensed for independent practice. Unfortunately, we cannot accept MSW, LCSW or other training.
3. What about the application process?
To apply – please complete the application and ask for your recommendation letters. Please note, we will need to receive all of your letters of recommendation and your full application before we can set up the interviews.
-The interviewing process involves three or more meetings
1) one of the Chairs of the Admission Committee – this person will then assign two more interviewers
2) a clinical interview - to discuss your clinical case(s)
3) with one of our TSA’s to get to know you in more depth
Please be aware that scheduling these interviews, while we try to be as flexible as possible, is still a time-consuming process. After you had all your interviews, the committee will meet to discuss and process the information. This process may take 4-6 weeks
While there is no deadline for application, if you would like to start your training in September, it is best to submit the application by March so that the interviewing process could start in April or May.