Candidate in the Community Mentoring Award

Candidate in the Community Mentoring Award

In addition to providing clinical services in their offices, psychoanalysts take on a variety of roles and functions in a range of community settings, including hospitals, clinics, community mental health centers, non-profit organizations, corporations, governmental agencies, veterans services, police departments, courts, schools, colleges, and more. Yet candidates in psychoanalytic training frequently experience a disconnect between their psychoanalytic training and their community-based work, and find it challenging to integrate that work into their emerging identities as psychoanalysts.


APsaA’s Department of Psychoanalytic Education | Psychoanalyst in the Community Section

Eligibility Criteria

The Psychoanalyst in the Community Section invites APsaA candidates with a demonstrated interest in applying psychoanalytic/psychodynamic perspectives in community settings  and organizations to apply for the Candidate in the Community Mentoring Award.
Criteria for selecting award recipients will include the strength of the applicant’s rationale for how mentoring will support their development, as well as considerations of diversity among the awards in terms of geography and type of community-based setting.
To apply, please submit the following to James Barron, PhD, Chair of the Psychoanalyst in the Community Section, at
  • A 1-to-2 page proposal including your name, institute, year of training, a brief description of your community-based work, and an explanation of how this mentoring will support this work and your personal and professional development.
  • Applicants are also strongly encouraged to submit two letters of support from colleagues familiar with their work in the community.
Applications are due by November 15, 2019 (decisions will be made by December 1, 2019).


Four awards will be made this year. Each awardee will receive an honorarium of $750 and will be paired with a mentor, a senior analyst with expertise in the candidate’s area of interest.
Award recipients will be expected to meet virtually with their mentors at least one time each month and, if possible, to meet in person at the APsaA Meeting. Recipients will be asked to write up a brief report at the end of the mentoring year, with the hope that their experiences will generate new ideas for how institutes and societies can support psychoanalytic work in the community.


DPE’s Psychoanalyst in the Community Section