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 14 clinical hours weekly to qualify for the LCSW in three years. Social workers have the additional option of working a minimum of 10 unpaid clinical hours to qualify for the LCSW in six years. Candidates in the LCSW track program will be assigned an MCMH supervisor free of charge.
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.
An applicant for the LCSW Track 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.
Candidates who carry 14 or more patient hours may
be assigned an additional supervisor by MCMH at no additional cost. If a
candidate wishes to have the additional supervision count toward his/her
LCSW, he/she must make sure that the supervisor is licensed
appropriately. In order to avoid disappointment when applying for the
LCSW, candidates must stay informed about any new requirements from the
New York State Education Department by periodically checking the New
York State Education Department website.
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.