Teachers’ Academy Eligibility and Application

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

To be eligible for participation as a teacher:

  • You must have a role teaching psychoanalytic therapy or theory to social work trainees; medical students,
    residents or fellows; psychology trainees; or psychotherapy trainees during the 2024 year.
  • You must have a psychoanalytic teaching project (e.g., a didactic course or a clinical rotation) that you are
    currently teaching or developing.
  • You must be a non-psychoanalyst.
  • Psychoanalytic candidates and graduates are not eligible for the Teachers’ Academy because of their ready access
    to mentors and analytic teachers at local and national levels.

The Teachers’ Academy will select from amongst applicants meeting these criteria by prioritizing teachers who are in a
position to impact their organizations significantly through psychoanalytic teaching, but who have limited
psychoanalytic mentorship opportunities to assist them in doing so.

Expectations of Accepted Teachers

Accepted teachers are expected to participate fully in the Academy experience. Specifically:

  • Because the group experience amongst teachers is critical, all accepted teachers are required to attend all
    scheduled Teachers’ Academy Events. This may involve foregoing other aspects of the meeting.
  • In addition, each teacher must commit to proactively maintaining an expected meeting schedule with his or her
    teaching mentor to ensure at least one full meeting during each month of the 2024 year.


The application includes a face sheet, two supporting letters of reference, a personal statement and a curriculum vitae.

Face Sheet
Please click here to download the application face sheet.

Supporting Letters
The two letters of support should be from peer faculty members, or others who know the applicant’s teaching well and can describe his or her skills. Please do not include letters from students.

Personal Statement
The selection committee would like to know how participation in the Teachers’ Academy will contribute to your efforts to bring psychodynamic or psychoanalytic concepts into your teaching.

In your personal statement please describe a specific psychoanalytic / psychodynamic teaching project that you would like to put into action which the Teachers’ Academy may help to nurture. This teaching project may be a course, clinical rotation, or program of study you wish to create or substantially modify, or some other route to incorporating psychoanalytic ideas into your work as an educator. Please be as specific as possible in describing your idea and feel free to attach supporting materials such as course syllabi, assignments, or program requirements to help illustrate your vision.

In addition, please discuss what this project means to you, how it has evolved over time, or how it intersects withother personal or professional interests and goals.

Curriculum Vitae
Please include a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV).

Application Deadline 
The next deadline will be announced soon – please check back.

Application Submission
Applications must be submitted as PDF files. Please include the face sheet, personal statement and CV in one PDF and email to Debbie Steinke Wardell at APsA’s National Office at [email protected].

Letters of support should be separately emailed to Ms. Steinke by the deadline.

Teachers’ Academy Committee

Sumru Tufekcioglu, Ph.D.
[email protected]

Gennifer Lane Briggs, LCSW
[email protected]

Adam Goldyne, M.D.
[email protected]

Beth Steinberg, Ph.D.
[email protected]