This track leads to a New York State License. Candidates are responsible for being aware of the New York State Department of Education’s requirements and cognizant of the fact that they may change. Please check their website periodically for updates.



The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, in conjunction with The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, an Office of Mental Health (OMH) licensed clinic, 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 and be paid if you’re carrying 10 hours or more. Social workers who are unable to work 14 hours have the additional option of working a minimum of 10 unpaid clinical hours to qualify for the LCSW in six years. After completing MITPP's two-year Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Program, clinicians would continue in individual and group supervision and take a minimum of one course per semester in the Adult Program until they have accrued the necessary hours for the LCSW.



The New York State licensing law has specified which professions can practice psychotherapy. The new designation “Licensed Psychoanalyst” is one that allows clinicians, who hold a Master’s Degree from other disciplines not previously licensed and who complete a Program leading to a Certificate in Psychoanalysis to practice psychotherapy privately and in other settings. For further information about Licensure and Practice of the Mental Health Professions in New York State, visit Applicants who are not certified or licensed in psychology, social work, psychiatry or psychiatric nursing, or working toward such credentials, will be evaluated on a case-by-case 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.

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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. Psychoanalytic Licensure Program candidates complete two courses of supervision consisting of 50 hours of supervision on one case with one supervisor and 100 hours of supervision on one or more cases with another supervisor. To graduate, candidates need a third course of 40 hours of supervision. The three supervisions may be conducted in a sequence to be determined by the supervisory dyad.
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.


• Successful completion of all coursework, including Research and Ethics courses, which are required by New York State for the  license in Psychoanalysis.

• 750 hours of supervised clinical practice with patients of the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health.

• 50 hours of individual supervision on one case with one supervisor and 100 hours of supervision on one or more cases with another supervisor.

• A minimum of 135 hours of group supervision.

• A minimum of 300 hours of personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy on at least a twice weekly basis.

• In good standing with MITPP and MCMH.

Candidates who have met all of the requirements for the Certificate in Psychoanalysis and wish to receive a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, must complete these additional requirements:

• An additional 40 hours of individual supervision with another supervisor.

• Successful completion of a written and oral case presentation

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A candidate who has satisfactorily completed all other Certificate requirements is eligible to submit a written case presentation to the Director and present it orally before an evaluation committee. The writing of the case study and the presentation before a committee demonstrates the candidate’s integration of clinical and theoretical concepts and clinical understanding. Standards, procedures, and an outline for the final case presentation are available from the Registrar.

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