Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program Graduation Requirements

SPSI sealThe decision to graduate a Candidate from the Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program is based upon:

  • The attainment of minimal numerical standards in accordance with the requirements of the American Psychoanalytic Association.
  • Demonstration of clinical competence in conducting adult psychoanalyses
  • The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing about his/her psychoanalytic work.
  • Mastery of psychoanalytic theories of development, psychopathology, and clinical process.

One Candidate may require much more intensive supervision and/or a greater number of training cases than other Associates.

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Training Case Requirements

A Candidate must work with a minimum of three cases to graduate, and:

  • Both genders must be represented in the mix of cases.
  • All cases must be credited. For a case to be credited the Candidate must have established an analytic process within the case and have a minimum of 50 hours with a consulting analyst.
  • Ideally one case will progress to a full and natural psychoanalytic termination or be in an established termination phase.


  • A Candidate is eligible for graduation if he or she has four credited cases in psychoanalysis for a minimum of four years and if all of the consulting analysts agree that the Associate is ready to graduate.

Didactic Classes and Case Conference Requirements

  • Completion of the four-year sequential didactic classes and clinical case conferences in good standing.