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Training Requirements for Program in Psychoanalysis
A. Personal Analysis.
The candidate is required to complete a personal analysis, which must extend for a minimum period of three years of continuous treatment.   In practice, the length of a personal analysis usually exceeds this requirement.  It is recommended that this analysis be conducted at four or five sessions per week, on separate days.  A minimum of three session per week on separate days is required.  Sessions should be at least 45 minutes in length.  Analysis of candidates must begin prior to or concurrent with the beginning of training unless there are special circumstances approved by the Training and Certification Committee.

Candidates are free to select and analyst from the list of MPC analysts (see "Analysts" page in this web site). The candidate should inform the Training and Certification Committee at the beginning and end of the personal analysis and include the name of the analyst.

MPC considers it of utmost importance that the personal analysis be a private, meaningful, and safe experience. Hence, it is MPC policy that the candidate's analyst not be involved in discussions or decisions about the candidate. Also, a candidate should not take a Continuous Case Seminar with his/her analyst, but may take other courses. Similarly, the personal analyst should not supervise or have previously supervised the candidate; analysis and supervison with the same analyst will not be given credit toward the completion of either requirement. The only communication allowed between the personal analyst and MPC would be in reference to the number of treatment hours completed and their frequency. These policies are designed to protect the intergrity of the personal analysis.

B. Supervision.
The candidate is required to complete at least 200 hours of weekly supervision on cases seen three or more sessions per week. There must be at least two cases and at least two supervisors. Candidates may have three or four cases and three or four supervisors, provided that each case is supervised by a particular supervisor for at least 40 supervisory sessions. There must also be at least one male and one female supervisor. It is also desirable, although not mandatory, to have both male and female analysands and to carry one case to termination. One analysand may be a child. Candidates who present cases in a Continuous Case Seminar may count those hours toward the 40 required hours if further individual sessions with the same supervisor are accumulated to a total of 40 hours

Candidates are free to select supervisors from the list of MPC analysts found elsewhere in this web site. The canjdidate should inform the Training and Certification Committee at the beginning and end of each supervisory relationship and include the name of the supervisor.

C. Course Work.
The candidate is required to take a total of twelve courses, each of 30 weeks duration. There are 2 elective courses, and the following required courses:
  • Continuous Case Seminar (3 courses)
  • Freud's Papers/Cases (1 course)
  • The Dream in Clinical Practice (1/2 course)
  • Ego Psychology(1/2 course)
  • Object Relations Theory (1/2 course)
  • Self Psychology(1/2 course)
  • Developmental Theory (1 course)
  • Technique (3 courses)
  • Technique I: Psychodynamic Assessment; Psychopathology; and the Beginning Phase of Analysis (1 course)
  • Technique II: Transference and Countertransference (1 course)
  • Technique III: Working through and Termination (1 course)
  • Electives (2 courses)

D. Scientific Paper.
The candidate is required to write a psychoanalytic paper to be read at a scientific meeting or submitted for publication. Candidates may ask for assistance from analysts and mentors in completing this project. The paper should be submitted to the Training and Certification Committee, whether or not it has been presented or published. The Committee will appoint two analysts to review the paper and make a recommendation regarding its suitability to meet this requirement.

The paper should address some idea, review and integrate pertinent literature, and perhaps use case material as supporting evidence. The paper may be theoretical, clinical, or applied.

E. Candidate Forum on Training.
Candidates will meet at least twice during the academic year with representatives of the Training and Certification Committee. The forum is the most immediate and effective opportunity for candidates to communicate and collaborate with the analysts who are involved in providing training. The goals of these meetings are to enhance accurate communication between candidates and analysts, to allow for their collaborative efforts to strengthen and enrich the Training Program, and to build working alliances which can contribute to the furute well-being of our organization. Additional meetings may be scheduled as needed.

E. Participation in MPC.
The candidate is expected to attend MPC functions, including monthly Scientific Meetings, special workshops, and such other Council activities which may be scheduled from time to time.

The expectation of participation in MPC activities is based on the view that a psychoanalytic education includes opportunities to interact with peers, colleagues, and analysts. In general, the candidate is expected and encouraged to become an active participant in the MPC community.