Child Psychoanalytic Training Program Graduation Requirements

SPSI sealThe decision to graduate a Clinical Associate from the Child 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 child and adolescent 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 Clinical Associate may require much more intensive supervision and/or a greater number of training cases than other Associates.

Training Case Requirements

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

  • Both genders must be represented in the mix of cases
  • One case must be an adolescent
  • One case must be a latency-aged child
  • The other case is preferably a prelatency child, but in some circumstances a second latency aged child or another adolescent is acceptable
  • All cases must be credited. For a case to be credited the Clinical Associate must have established an analytic process within the case and have a minimum of 50 hours with a consulting child analyst.
  • One case must progress to a full and natural psychoanalytic termination. (We recommend that this case be a latency aged or adolescent child to conform with the certification requirements of the American Psychoanalytic Association, if the clinical associate is interested in pursuing certification.)

Didactic Classes and Case Conference Requirements

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