The Adult Program may be entered on a full-time, part-time, or non-matriculation basis. Full-time candidates carry three (3) courses, eight (8) patient hours, attend individual and group supervision and personal psychotherapy/psychoanalysis. Part-time candidates carry one (1) or two (2) courses, five (5) patient hours, attend individual and group supervision and personal psychotherapy/psychoanalysis. Non-matriculants take courses only. They may select from any course offered in the first year sequence, for which full credit will be given when the candidate matriculates.
A candidate may change from one status to another with the permission of the Director and any variations in the course of study are subject to the approval of the Director.
MITPP, in conjunction with MCMH, offers social workers the opportunity to be paid for clinical hours while working toward LCSW licensure and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Work a minimum of 20 clinical hours weekly to qualify for the LCSW in three years or a minimum of 15 clinical hours to qualify for the LCSW in six years. Social workers have the additional option of working a minimum of 10 unpaid clinical hours to qualify for the LCSW in six years. For more information, please see LCSW Track
In order to matriculate, an applicant must be certified or licensed in psychology, social work, psychiatry or psychiatric nursing, or working toward such credentials. Counselors and others who hold a Master's degree can qualify as licensed psychoanalysts under NY State licensure laws while working toward a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Other applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis.
The applicant will also be evaluated as to whether he or she meets the guidelines: emotional maturity, a capacity for an inner focus and an awareness of inner processes, curiosity and interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, capacities for self-reflection, observation and empathy, and an ability to tolerate anxiety, ambiguity and differences.
Supervision can be a major additional expense beyond tuition. At MITPP, outstanding supervision is offered as part of an all-inclusive tuition package with no additional fees for individual or group supervision.
Candidates select an individual supervisor from the list of MITPP Supervisors. Supervision is held in the supervisor's office and is arranged between candidate and supervisor at a mutually convenient time. A course of individual supervision consists of forty (40) weeks per year. Three (3) consecutive courses of supervision are required with three (3) different supervisors. Candidates may opt to take a second, simultaneous supervision with an MITPP supervisor at a very reduced rate.
Candidates are required to attend weekly group supervision. Group supervision is held throughout the year on-site at MCMH and is offered on a number of different days and at various times.
Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is required during training and is the medium for attaining a deeper and more personal understanding of the theoretical and clinical issues under study.
Therapy/analysis must be at a minimum of twice a week. If a candidate is in treatment at the time of application, approval of the therapist/analyst as a training therapist/analyst must be obtained from the Director. A therapist/analyst who is a graduate of a chartered training institute with a psychoanalytic orientation and has proven experience in psychoanalytic practice would, in general, meet the criteria for approval. Fees for personal psychotherapy/psychoanalysis are arranged privately between candidate and psychotherapist/psychoanalyst. Candidates not in treatment at the time of application may request to be referred to a therapist/analyst. The Director will make every effort to assist the candidate in locating a well-qualified therapist/analyst whose fees are affordable.
- Successful completion of all coursework.
- 750 hours of supervised clinical practice with patients of the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health.
- A minimum of 120 hours of individual supervision.
- A minimum of 135 hours of group supervision.
- A minimum of 300 hours of personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy on at least a twice weekly basis.
- Successful completion of a written and oral case presentation.
- In good standing with MITPP and MCMH.