Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program

NCP's Adult Psychoanalytic Training Program is dedicated to exploration of the full spectrum of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Training is based upon the “tripartite model”—personal analysis, seminars and supervision of psychoanalytic work. The Center’s curriculum embraces a range of educational opportunities. Along with a review of the works of Sigmund Freud, we explore the most current evolution of contemporary psychoanalytic theory and technique. Our candidates are encouraged to approach their studies with an attitude of critical inquiry. The goals of the training program are to:

  • Educate and train qualified applicants in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and analytic psychotherapy
  • Promote the application of psychoanalysis in the mental health professions and in academia
  • Provide psychoanalysis on a low-fee basis
  • Promote research on the functioning of the human mind
  • Engage with other organizations serving the community in matters of mental health awareness and education

With the approval of the Progression Committee, candidates in the General Psychoanalytic Training Program may enroll concurrently in the Child Program.

"The heartbeat of any analytic training program is your own analysis, and in my analysis I learned the psychoanalytic relationship is ancient, ordinary, and mysterious in the way it houses our birth and transformation. I learned wholeness is found in accepting our limits and sanity achieved in embracing our mortality. I learned salvation resides in our vulnerability and redemption is found in our dependency on one another. Analytic training at NCP not only recovered my faith in open-hearted living -- it also gave me another chance at life."

Gabrielle Taylor, PhD, recent graduate

Program Overview

The foundation of this training program is personal analysis, sometimes known as training analysis. This provides first-hand experience and assists in the development of self-analytic skills. Students are encouraged to begin their analysis prior to training, if possible, and are required to start no later than December 1 of their first year. Guidance is offered if requested, but normally students choose their own training and supervising analysts.

Weekly seminars held over the span of four+ years expose students, known at NCP as Clinical Associates (CAs), to a range of analytic thought that begins with Freud and includes a wide array of psychoanalytic theories. The program requires 36 weeks of an infant observation class, usually taken in the first year. NCP has among its faculty notable educators who are themselves practicing clinicians. 

The program provides academics with a thorough knowledge of the theory and clinical technique of psychoanalysis, so that they may use psychoanalytic perspectives and insights to enrich their research and practice.

During training, CAs must conduct three supervised control cases, one with an analysand from NCP’s low-fee clinic. Two of the three cases must be seen in supervision for at least two years; a minimum of 200 supervisory hours are required for graduation. All students must complete one theoretical and one clinical course each year until graduation. The length of time needed to complete the Program varies with the individual.

"My experience at NCP has expanded and developed my clinical thinking beyond what I had expected and even hoped for. This began with infant observation, where I was first able to set aside thinking in terms of diagnosis and textbooks, and rely on my capacities to observe and describe what I was observing. Since then I have experienced an ever-tightening thread connecting my experience in infant observation to my own analysis, clinical work with patients, psychoanalytic reading, seminar instruction and discussion, and supervision. This developing network has allowed me to generate the space and capacity to think more thoroughly about patients, and has enabled me begin to understand certain patients that I think I would not have been able to help otherwise."

- John Kelleher, MD, Clinical Associate

For complete details about the training program, please consult the catalog and contact the Center via email at: .

NCP does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender/gender identification, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and scholarship programs. In accordance with California and federal law, NCP has a policy of nondiscrimination for persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified for training.