Psychoanalytic psychotherapy has been developed, practiced, and taught by psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists from its beginnings. Students and practitioners learn to apply psychoanalytic concepts in a variety of clinical settings with a wide range of patients and clients.

For most mental health professionals, the graduate training experience does not fully prepare one to be a skilled, knowledgeable, and confident therapist. While we continue to learn from our patients throughout our professional lives, we believe that advanced formal training is crucial to our efforts to provide the highest level of clinical competence.

More recently, because of the relative neglect of such training in universities and other training programs, psychoanalytic centers and institutes have developed formal instruction programs in the discipline of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

While individual programs differ in their specifics, typically they are based upon the core psychoanalytic tripartite training model of didactic seminars, clinical supervision, and personal therapy. Programs are available not only in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy but also in child and/or child and adolescent psychotherapy.

The following programs affiliated with APsA are designed to enrich psychotherapeutic skills and to provide a background in psychodynamic principles and the theoretical basis of clinical work. Click on the links for more specific information on each program:

Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

American Institute for Psychoanalysis

Atlanta Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc.

Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (Houston)

Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute 

Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute 

Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis & The Denver Psychoanalytic Society

Florida Psychoanalytic Center Inc.

Greater Kansas City Psychoanalytic Society, Institute, and Foundation

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Society

The Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society

New Center for Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles

New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center

New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Oregon Psychoanalytic Center

Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center

Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY) Affiliated with NYU Langone Health

Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas

Saint Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

San Diego Psychoanalytic Center (SDPC)

San Francisco Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program

Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis

William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology

Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis

Child and/or Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Center for Psychoanalysis Studies (Houston)

Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis

Cincinnati Psychoanalytic Institute 

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute

New Center for Psychoanalysis

The New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia

The Psychoanalytic Institute affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine

San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis

St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute

Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute

Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis

William Alanson White Institute for Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology

Co-sponsored by:

The Research Education Section of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Department of Psychoanalytic Education (APsA-DPE) in collaboration with the Research Committee of the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP).

This collection of Research Education Resources serves to provide materials for stimulating interest in topics and research relevant to psychoanalytic education.  Our goal is that materials made available here will stimulate critical thinking and will help ground psychoanalytic training in a framework that integrates psychoanalytic knowledge with relevant findings from other disciplines.

1. VIMEO Links to videos of APsA-DPE Research Education Dialogue

2018 – Critical Thinking and Research in Psychoanalytic Education
Presenters: Ellen Rees, M.D. & Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
Discussant: Andrew J. Gerber, M.D., Ph.D.
Click here to view

2019 – Another Look at Therapeutic Action and Implications for Psychoanalytic Training and Education
Presenters: John Clarkin, Ph.D. & Leon Hoffman, M.D.
Discussant: John H. Porcerelli, Ph.D.
Click here to view

2020 – What Do We Mean by Corrective Emotional Experience and What is its Therapeutic Role?
Presenters: Glen Gabbard, M.D., Christopher Christian, Ph.D., and Mark Hilsenroth, Ph.D.
Click here to view

2021 – The Role of Mentalization and Reflective Function in Psychoanalytic Treatment:
Presenters: Elizabeth Allison, Ph.D., Peter Fonagy, Ph.D., and Otto Kernberg, M.D.
Discussants: Morris Eagle, Ph.D., and Diana Diamond, Ph.D.
Click here to view

2. Links to Additional Resources

3. Course Curriculum Resources 

4. Additional Sections Under Development

  • An archive of papers discussing research education or pedagogy
  • Archived materials from other sources: This project is a developing one.  Sections will be
    elaborated, modified, and updated as new materials become available.

Introduction to Curriculum Resources for Teaching Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Aging:

(developed by The Aging and Psychoanalytic Education Study Group of the DPE Committee on Psychoanalytic Studies)

As interest in the full life cycle from a psychoanalytic perspective is on the rise, our study group has developed the following resources to enable the development of new courses on psychoanalytic perspectives on late-life patients. The links below lead to two model curricula and three extensive bibliography reference resources.

Candidates and members are interested in learning more about this profound period of life and in treating these patients who are often highly motivated and benefit significantly from psychoanalytic treatments. We are offering two overlapping but distinctly different “model” curricula to serve as starting points for training centers and teachers developing such courses.  Both curricula focus on the importance of bringing working knowledge of this life phase to our candidates and members.

And, our study group is available to you as an additional resource. Please feel free to be in touch.

Audrey Kavka, Chair
Bob Galatzer-Levy
David Joseph
Patricia Plopa
Daniel Plotkin
Barbara Stimmel