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Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis

Program Description

The two-year masters degree program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to their previous experience and program requirements. Students take courses in theories of early development, history of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theory, research, and clinical studies. First year students participate in Group Experience in Modern Psychoanalysis throughout their first year. Clinical studies include the completion of a 400 hour fieldwork externship in a setting where psychosis and regressed mental states can be observed.

The program provides an understanding of how people develop and function, how they are motivated, and how they interact. Students from background as varied as art, business, medicine, law, education as well as those already in the mental health field have found their careers enhanced by an understanding of psychoanalysis.



Curriculum

Maturation: In the maturational sequence, courses examine normal and pathological development, and theories of regression and fixation. Students learn how repetition of various developmental phases is enacted in the transference. Neurophysiological sequences are related to emotional development.

Theory: Courses in the theory sequence provide a sound foundation in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic concepts.

History: This sequence traces the origins of psychoanalysis, its language, growth, and development. The courses consider the widening scope of psychoanalysis from Freud and his contemporaries through the present day psychoanalytic thinkers.

Research: The research curriculum introduces students to methodological issues and guides them through the formulation of questions of study, one of which become the basis for the Master's thesis paper.

Fieldwork Externship: Understanding psychosis is central to the curriculum of the NYGSP. A NYGSP student begins by stepping into the world of the deeply regressed hospitalized patient. By learning to be with these patients in a way that does not violate the patient's stimulus barrier, the student learns how psychotic defenses operate and how to read and respond to the patient's symbolic attempts at communication. This experience is fundamental to an understanding of the roots of human motivation.

The two-year program allows for flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to their previous experience and program requirements. Students are required to take PT 184, three semesters of PT 185, three semesters PT 111, and to be in a 400 hours externship as part of the Fieldwork Program.


Course Descriptions

For course descriptions, please refer to pages 11 - 15 of the Course Bulletin.


Sample Program

<>First Semester (Credits: 9)
PT 141 Human Development: How the Mind Unfolds: Part I (2)
PT 151a Basic Psychoanalytic Theory (2)
PT 161 History of Libido Theory in Freud (2)
PT 184 Primitive Mental States (2)
GT 190 Group Experience in Modern Psychoanalysis (1)
PT 7 Individual Psychoanalysis
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Second Semester (Credits: 13)
PT 142 Human Development: How the Mind Unfolds: Part II (2)
Elective (2)
PT 171 Systematic Investigations in the Human Sciences (2)
PT 185 Fieldwork Seminar (5)
PT 111 Fieldwork Discussion Group (1)
GT 190 Group Experience in Modern Psychoanalysis (1)
PT 7 Individual Psychoanalysis
 
<>Third Semester (Credits: 12)
PT 155 Dream, Fantasy, and Symbol (2)
PT 162 History of Drive Theory in Freud (2)
PT 172 Clinical Investigations in Psychoanalysis (2)
PT 185 Fieldwork Seminar (5)
PT 111 Fieldwork Discussion Group (1)
PT 7 Individual Psychoanalysis
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Fourth Semester (Credits: 14)
PT 154 Comparative Psychoanalysis (2)
PT 185 Fieldwork Seminar (5)
Elective (2)
PT 111 Fieldwork Discussion Group (1)
For Master's Degree, PT 525 Directed Research (4)
Usually taken over two semesters <>OR
PT 1787 Master's Paper course (4)
PT 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

<>Electives:
PT 143 Latency (2)
PT 144 Adolescence (2)
PT 147 Young Adulthood (2)
PT 150 Concepts of Group Analysis (2)
PT 151b Basic Psychoanalytic Theory II (2)
PT 152 Madness and Literature (2)
PT 157 Transference(2)
PT 158 Countertransference (2)
PT 159 Unconscious Fantasy and Delusion (2)
PT 160 History of Violence: Narcissism and Aggression (2)
PT 163 Emergence of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (2)
PT 186 Beyond Psychosis: Typology of Conflict and Defense (2)


Individual Psychoanalysis

Students in the Master's Program engage in a individual psychoanalysis with an approved training analyst. Students are required to have a minimum of 15 hours of PT 7 individual psychoanalysis before beginning the fieldwork externship and to continue in the individual psychoanalysis while completing the program.


Fieldwork Placement

Understanding psychosis is central to the curriculum of the NYGSP. Whether studying for a master's degree or pursuing a certificate in psychoanalysis, a NYGSP student begins by stepping into the world of the deeply regressed hospitalized patient. By learning to be with these patients in a way that does not violate the patient's stimulus barrier, the student learns how psychotic defenses operate and how to read and respond to the patient's symbolic attempts at communication. This experience is fundamental to an understanding of the roots of human motivation.

The Program

The two-year program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to their previous experience and program requirements. Students are required to take PT 184 Primitive Mental States, and PT 186 Clinical Psychopathology, three semesters of PT 185 Fieldwork Seminar, three semesters PT 111, Field Placement Observation, and to be in a 400 hours externship as part of the Fieldwork Program.

Fieldwork students typically begin the clinical program at this level by enrolling in PT 184, the prerequisite for entering the Externship and PT 185. During this course, the student makes three visits to treatment settings for severely regressed and psychotic patients to become acquainted with the milieu.
By the second semester, the student begins the Externship. Many placement options are available. New placement options may be opened by special request to the Fieldwork Coordinator. During the second and third semester, students are actively involved in the hospital placement (seeing patients, going to team meetings, and having regular meetings with the administrative supervisor at the hospital). Students in NYGSP contracted placements take PT185 Fieldwork Seminar and PT 111 small group Field Placement Observation. Students are expected to observe three patients over the year. At the end of the third semester, the typical full-time student makes the final case presentation to the fieldwork seminar.

In the fourth semester, students enroll in PT 186. They begin the study of the less regressed pathologies.


Bulletin

Below is the 2010-2011 bulletin. Some of the information may have been revised. Such changes are reflected in the information on the web site.

DOWNLOAD BULLETIN [601 KB PDF] of the 2010-2011 NYGSP program
NYGSP Bulletin 10-11.pdf


Registration Info & Calendar

Registration Information - Spring 2011

NYGSP Registration Information Spring 2011.pdf
NYGSP Spring 2011Calendar.pdf

SPRING 2011 CALENDAR OF CLASSES
Classes Start: Monday, January 31, 2011
Classes End: Friday, May 13, 2011
Semester Ends: Friday, May 27, 2011
Exam Weeks: May 16, 2011 - May 27, 2011
No Classes
February 21-25, 2011
March 21-25, 2011
April 18-22, 2011
Administrative Office Hours
Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Holidays
Monday, February 21st, Presidents Day
Tuesday, April 19th, Passover
Sunday, April 24th, Easter
Monday, May 30th, Memorial Day




Class Syllabi – Spring 2011


PT 141.S11.Gilhooley.pdf
PT 143.S11.Melnik.pdf
PT 151a.S11.Laquercia.pdf
PT 155.S11.D'Amato.pdf
PT 156.S11.Newsome.pdf
PT 157.S11.Barz.pdf
PT 162.S11.Rothman.pdf
PT 163.S11.Kalin.pdf
PT 171.S11.Hurst.pdf
PT 172.S11.Poser.pdf
PT 184.S11.Laub.pdf
PT 185b.S11.Lippincott.pdf