Admissions Process and Application: Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program

If you have questions about our admissions requirements for either the Adult or the Integrated (Adult with Child and Adolescent) Psychoanalytic Program, please .

For Clinicians, please complete this application.

For Academics, please complete this application.

Please note that there is an application fee of $150 for applications submitted after June 15.


The New Center for Psychoanalysis has high standards for all applicants. We seek excellence in educational and clinical backgrounds; an aptitude for the practice of psychoanalysis; and qualities of maturity, integrity, and intellectual honesty.

NCP does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. NCP has a policy of non-discrimination for persons with disabilities otherwise qualified in accordance with California and Federal law.

For complete details about the training program, please consult the brochure and contact the New Center via . Or, you can contact the Chair of the Admissions Committee, .


The American Psychoanalytic Association has established minimum requirements for the selection of clinical associates. As an affiliate of the American Psychoanalytic Association, the New Center follows these guidelines. The requirements for clinicians include the following:

  • Applicants who have 3,000 hours of clinical experience during and beyond graduate school, 60 hours of postgraduate supervision in individual psychotherapy, and 60 hours of postgraduate relevant seminars do not need to apply for waivers.
  • To be eligible for psychoanalytic training, the applicant must possess the highest academic degree associated with the licensure of that profession. Proof of a valid license and appropriate malpractice insurance are required before matriculation.
  • Psychiatrists must hold an MD degree from a medical school accredited by ACGME, a license to practice medicine in the State of California, and have completed the second year of full-time psychiatric residency.
  • Psychologists must hold a PhD or PsyD from a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) or Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and a license to practice clinical psychology in the State of California.
  • Social Workers must hold a PhD, DSW, or MSW degree in social work from a GADE accredited program and a California license to practice clinical social work. Those with an MSW may subsequently complete at least two additional years of didactic and clinical training involving immersion in a rigorous program such as our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
  • Marriage and Family Therapists must hold an MA from an accredited graduate program and a license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. Individuals who have graduated with a clinical master’s degree that is generally recognized as the highest clinical degree within a specific mental health profession may subsequently complete at least two additional years of didactic and clinical training involving immersion in a rigorous program such as our Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program.
  • Applicants with an MSN (Master in Psychiatric Nursing) will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  • For all applicants: Psychotherapy training with close supervision is required. Supervision with a psychoanalyst is recommended.

It is desirable that applicants have didactic or practical experiences that allow a broad understanding of cultural, economic, ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds.


The Research Training Program is designed for those who are not primarily clinical practitioners and plan to maintain their professional identity as either academic researchers or professionals whose work benefits from a full clinical psychoanalytic training. 

Our aim is to equip these Research Psychoanalysts with a full clinical training in psychoanalysis. This enables them to utilize psychoanalysis to enrich their professional lives. The requirements for Academics and Professionals are:

  • Applicants must have a PhD or the highest degree available in their field or profession.
  • Applicants must hold a full-time faculty appointment at a university or its equivalent.
  • Applicants are expected, at the time of application, to have demonstrated notable distinction in their field of study or professional enterprise. 
  • Applicants must specify and document psychoanalysis’ relevance to their own field of endeavor, and be committed to the application of psychoanalytic ideas to advance their teaching, research and/or professional practice.
  • Once admitted to NCP, Research Psychoanalysts are required to obtain, either prior to beginning the didactic seminars or, on occasion, simultaneously with first-year seminars, one year of pre-clinical exposure to, and experience in, a variety of mental health settings.  NCP assists Research Psychoanalysts in finding suitable placement.
  • Research Psychoanalysts are subject to a second, formal review process administered by NCP, subsequent to the completion of at least one year of didactic seminars and personal analyses. This review determines the suitability for Research Psychoanalysts beginning psychoanalytic treatment under supervision.