Washington Square Institute
Training Institute

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training
Program Description

As of March 2020 the Training Programs are closed.

Certificate: Upon completion of the program all candidates receive a Certificate in Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Licensure: WSI is a NYSED Licensure Qualifying psychoanalytic training institute. Candidates who complete our program are for eligible to apply for the New York State License in Psychoanalysis (LP).

WSI is an approved setting for candidates to fulfill experience hours towards LCSW and LMHC licenses.

Components of the Training Program


Tauber teaching Although the course requirements of the program can be completed in four years by taking an average course load of 2 courses per semester, WSI allows candidates to go at their own pace with regard to time and course load.

Classes start in October, February with the exception of two 6 weeks courses which start in June. Applications are accepted and processed all year.

Matriculated candidates (beginning 2nd year):

  1. Candidates participate in once weekly individual supervision.
  2. Candidates attend twice weekly personal analysis with an WSI approved-analyst, or WSI faculty analyst.
  3. Candidates see 5-9 patients weekly in the WSI Treatment Center.

Personal Analysis (Training Analysis)

Candidates attend twice weekly personal analysis with WSI approved-analyst or a WSI faculty analyst for the duration of training for a total of no less than 350 hours.

Clinical Internship and weekly supervision

Newly matriculated students begin their clinical experience by conducting a series of Intake Interviews. Students are required to demonstrate clinical competence in conducting intake interviews before being assigned patients. Having a patient case load is a prerequisite for entering the 2nd year Courses.

Throughout the duration of their training, students see assigned patients at the Treatment Center and receive weekly clinical supervision at no charge.

The studentís practicum consists of a maximum of 7-9 patients weekly for which a small stipend ($10.00) paid per treatment hour.

Senior candidates may take on additional patients with the permission of their clinical supervisor and the Training Director.

Control Supervision

Advanced candidates are required to have an additional 50 hours of a control supervision (ongoing therapy with one patient and a control supervisor). Application to begin Control Supervision is based upon upon approval by candidate's supervisor and Director of Training.

Case Presentation

The culmination of training is represented by a written paper and the formal presentation of a case in treatment to members of the faculty.

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