Washington Square Institute
Training Institute

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment
1 Year Certificate Training Program

The courses offered in this 1 year program are a part of the introductory training curriculum in the 5 year psychoanalytic training program.

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory and Treatment offers an excellent foundation in psychoanalytic thought, and is useful both for mental health practitioners wishing to enhance and enrich their clinical knowledge and skills by an increased familiarity with psychoanalytic concepts, and for those who are considering analytic training in their future.

Accepting applications to register for upcoming Fall Semester beginning October, 2017

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Fall Semester 2016 - Classes begin Oct. 19

Fall Semester Tuition and Fees: $650

Principles of Psychoanalytic Treatment
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 - 15 weeks.
22.5hrs
This course addresses the difficult beginning phase of establishing a working alliance, and emphasizes early assessment of strengths and weaknesses, manifestations of resistance and transference. Clinical material serves to illustrate the engagement of the patient in the treatment process.
Instuctor: Gio Tusa, M.A., LP

Psychoanalytic Theory I - Basic Writings of Freud
Wednesdays 8-9:30pm - 15 weeks.
22.5hrs
This course provides a more thorough coverage of basic psychoanalytic theory than is usually taught in academic work. Reading and discussion of the literature emphasize primary and secondary processes, topography and structure, drive, conflict theory and defense. The classic theory of neurosis and symptom formation are presented.
Instuctor: Marc Angers, LCSW, LP

Spring Semester 2016 begins Monday, Feb 8

Spring Semester Tuition and Fees: $650

Psychoanalytic Theory II: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theory
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30 - 15 weeks (begins Feb. 10).
22.5hrs
This course focuses on the development and expansion of psychoanalytic theory by those theorists immediately following Freud through the present day clinicians who continue to broaden and shape our conceptual understandings. Ego psychology, object relations and relational theory will be among the various psychoanalytic views discussed. Clinical examples and observations highlight theoretical material.
Instuctor: Gene Guberman, LP

Psychopathology I
Mondays 6:00-7:30 - 15 weeks (begins Feb. 8).
22.5hrs
Assessment of pathology, problems of diagnosis and descriptive nosology is discussed with attention to differential diagnosis, and diagnosis as an instrument in treatment. Diagnosis from a psychoanalytic point of view including recent developments in psychoanalysis is presented. Topics illustrated by case material.
Instuctor: Natalie Riccio, Ph.D., LP, LCSW

Summer Semester 2016

Summer Semester Tuition and Fees: $150

Psychopathology II: Severe Mental Illness
12 hours (begins May 2017 TBA) 6 weeks
Work with patients who exhibit psychotic or psychotic-like traits requires the therapist's understanding of mental illness, being able to listen and to continue to do analytic work. This course explores several approaches to understanding, covering issues of conflict and failures of development, using the perspective of drive, ego functioning, self experience, and object relations.
Instuctor: Natalie Riccio, Ph.D., LP, LCSW


Dates & Times When Courses Are Offered
Fall Semester: Wednesdays 6-9 PM
Spring Semester: Mondays 6-7:30 PM & Wednesdays 6-7:30 PM
Summer: 6 Mondays in May - June 6-8 PM

Program Length
The program includes one year of study, which is comprised of two 15-week semesters, and one 6-week semester.

Application & Admissions Process

Admission Criteria: A Master degree is minimal requirement both for mental health practitioners and those in other fields who are considering a career change.

Application Requirements & Application Fee:

Once the application has been received, the applicant will be asked to participate in an individual admissions interview.

Continuing Education:
This program is approved to provide continuing education contact hours for Psychologists from the APA.


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