Certificate in Psychoanalysis and degrees in psychoanalysis
Certificate in Psychoanalysis and degrees in psychoanalysis
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Dr. Talvitie
Long before completing his Ph.D. in Engineering at Northwestern University, Dr. Talvitie was interested in Freud’s drive theory and saw its applicability to his line of work. While a visiting professor at MIT, he began to take courses in the BGSP Certificate program. He graduated in 2001. MORE>

Certificate in Psychoanalysis

Program Description
The Certificate program provides full academic and clinical training in psychoanalysis. Until recently with the inception of the doctorate in psychoanalysis, the Certificate was the highest credential in the field. The academic and clinical studies in the two programs are similar, however, the doctoral program provides more research training and emphasizes generating research as well as clinically training to become a psychoanalyst.

As in all BGSP programs, the Certificate program aims to connect theoretical and clinical studies with emotional experience and self-examination in the classroom, the clinical setting and the training analysis. The Certificate Psychoanalytic Training program is organized into two levels, Level A or pre-candidacy (the master of arts in psychoanalysis program fulfills Level A requirements), and Level B or candidacy. At Level A, the student studies theory, psychopathology, history and basic research methods while undertaking a fieldwork externship. The externship provides the opportunity to observe primitive mental states and extremes of pathology in severely regressed patients. Upon successful completion of Level A coursework and the fieldwork externship (two years of full time study) the student is reviewed for admission to Level B, Candidacy. Students embarking on psychoanalytic studies who do not have a master’s degree complete the Master of Arts in psychoanalysis or the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling to meet Level A requirements. Students entering with advanced degrees complete Level A coursework and clinical studies.

At Level B, candidates progress at their own pace as they work with three outpatient cases in psychoanalysis under supervision while engaging in advanced studies in theory and technique as well as single case research methodology. Candidates present cases in group supervision and then complete two 50 hour control supervisions with two different supervisors. After 25 hours of control supervision, candidates present their cases to the clinical faculty for review and recommendations. The final presentation focuses on the single case study of the control case. This phase of the program takes from three to six years depending on the pace at which the student develops a caseload and progresses in meeting clinical and academic requirements. Students engage in a training analysis throughout their studies, completing minimally 450 hours for graduation.

Graduation Requirements
• Completion of minimally 450 hours of approved training analysis of which 150 hours may be group analysis
• Completion of --courses in theory, maturation, history, clinical studies, and research
• Satisfactory completion of the fieldwork externship including supervision requirements.
• Satisfactory completion of the Therapy Center internship including analyzing three Therapy Center cases weekly under supervision for minimally three years
• Satisfactory completion of all supervision requirements at Level B, totaling minimally 150 hours of supervision of which 50 hours are individual PT311 supervision and 50 hours are individual PT411 control supervision of one case.
• Satisfactory clinical presentation to the Therapy Center faculty and fellows demonstrating the ability to understand resistance, transference and countertransference dynamics in the cases.
• Satisfactory completion and presentation of the final project single case research paper.

Fieldwork Externship
Students in the Certificate program complete a three semester Field Placement Externship. The externship offers direct contact with regressed patients in mental hospitals or comparable settings, giving students the opportunity to observe extremes of pathology at the earliest levels of fixation or regression. First semester courses and training analysis prepare the student for the externship experience. The Field Placement Externship includes 400 hours in placement-related activities, including ongoing individual contacts with psychotic patients, administrative supervision and team meetings. The externship is undertaken in conjunction with the seminar on Clinical Experience in Institutional Settings (PT185a,b,c) for three semesters. Students engage in small group supervisions of Field Placement cases (PT 111) throughout the externship. The experience culminates in presentation of fieldwork cases and completion of a case study paper.

Therapy Center Internship
Once accepted to Certificate Candidacy students apply to begin their internship. During the internship, students work with at least three analytic cases weekly under supervision for minimally three years. While engaged in the internship, students enroll in the clinical seminar appropriate to their level of training beginning with PT2610, Case Management and progressing through advanced seminars. Initially students engage in group supervision, then choose individual control supervisors, one of whom covers the primary control case, the other covers two cases. Students remain in supervision while completing their single case study.

Certificate students study basic research methods in psychoanalysis with a focus on the single case study. The final research project is a study of the control case in which a research question is posed which targets the central dynamics of the case. Inferences are backed up by evidence drawn from systematic observations of the analytic process with particular attention to the transference-countertransference data.

Research projects
Robin Gomolin (2003)

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