Training Analysis

The foundation of psychoanalytic training is the personal or training analysis. This analysis illuminates unconscious attitudes that might hamper psychoanalytic treatment and facilitates the acquisition of self-analytic skills. Although most training analyses extend beyond four years, the frequency and duration of the analysis are determined by the training analyst and candidate. In accordance with the Minimum Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association:

  • It is recommended that a candidate begin personal analysis before starting the seminars, ideally a year or more prior to matriculation.
  • The candidate must be in analysis with a training analyst for a substantial period of time that overlaps with the supervised casework.
  • The candidate’s personal analysis is conducted in person at a frequency of four to five times a week through termination, except when special circumstances require a temporary change of frequency.

The psychoanalytic curriculum encompasses a four-year period; completion of the required supervised and independent clinical work may require more time. The curriculum is based on multiple paradigms. Psychoanalytic concepts are reconsidered throughout the four-year period, building on the student’s increasing experience and theoretical insights. We invite upper level candidates to participate in curriculum development. The Center's curriculum is evaluated on an ongoing basis, reflecting new developments in psychoanalysis and the feedback of our students and faculty.

The academic year consists of two semesters, or approximately nine months. Most classes occur in small seminar groups on Wednesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Candidates must attend all seminars unless other arrangements have been made in writing and approved by the Progression Committee. Participation in the Institute Analysis Conference (IAC) and the Infant Observation Course, outside of regular seminar hours, is also required.

After the completion of formal seminars, candidates are required to take two seminars, one theoretical and one case conference, per year until graduation.

Supervised Clinical Work

Each candidate undertakes supervised clinical work with the authorization of the Progression Committee. Approval is dependent on the candidate’s total progress in training.

The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to work analytically. After presenting each case at the Institute Analysis Conference (IAC), a minimum of 50 supervision hours per case is required. The minimum standards for graduation require that the candidate treat three supervised psychoanalytic cases and complete 200 supervision hours total, with three different supervising analysts. Supervised cases must include both genders and a clinic case. At least one case should be in the advanced phase of analysis or evidence successful termination of treatment.


The Center's requirements for graduation are in accordance with those established by the Board of Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. They include:

  • The successful completion of all required courses and seminars
  • A personal training analysis
  • A minimum of three psychoanalytic control cases
  • The presentation of case reports at the IAC, with the approval of supervisors and the Progression Committee, before commencing psychoanalytic treatment
  • The completion of the requirements for the Ph.D., Psy.D. or Colloquium

The Center informs the American Psychoanalytic Association about the completion of training. All graduates of the Center are eligible to apply for full membership in the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association.

The Psy.D.

NCP offers a Doctor of Psychology in Psychoanalysis, a degree focused on the practical application of theoretical frameworks and therapeutic techniques.

Candidates for the degree must complete the full curriculum including clinical seminars, with a high degree of excellence and a course in psychoanalytic research methodology and another in epistemology.

Candidates must also write a thesis that passes the scrutiny of the doctoral committee. This thesis may also be based on a problem in theoretical, applied or clinical psychoanalysis. It must demonstrate a broad knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and must be of a quality suitable for publication in a psychoanalytic journal. The clinical associate will have instructional and consultative assistance in determining and organizing an approach to a topic of interest as early as possible in the course of their training. Students are required to select a thesis advisor who, along with two additional thesis readers, will be available for discussion of the projected paper and for consultation as progress on the paper proceeds. The ultimate step in the education of psychoanalytic scholars involves the public defense of the ideas, methods, findings and implications of the candidate's doctoral research project at an NCP forum, directed by the chair of the doctoral research committee.

Prospective applicants should be aware that the accreditation for NCP’s PsyD in Psychoanalysis program has been given by the Accreditation Council for the Psychoanalytic Education (ACPE, Inc.) NCP is an approved institute by the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA), and along with that, was granted an exemption by the California Bureau of Private Post-secondary Education (BPPE) to operate in California. When the BPPE exemption expires January 1, 2019 accreditation by the ACPE Inc. will continue until further review.

The Colloquium

The Colloquium is an oral examination of the candidate’s knowledge of psychoanalytic theory and technique. Candidates take the Colloquium in the year following the fourth year of seminars. Two active analytic cases are required to take the Colloquium.