Certification Requirements


Candidates must satisfactorily complete 36 points of coursework, chosen with the guidance of faculty from among the Program's diverse areas of study. Enrollment in a minimum of two credit points per semester is required. New students are required to register for a seminar specially designed for entering students in their first semester; all other courses may be chosen from the Program's extensive list of course offerings. The program affords candidates the opportunity to study with faculty representing major orientations in psychoanalytic theory and practice. Students are therefore encouraged to take courses reflecting differing points of view and to work with supervisors who have diverse theoretical approaches. However, since some individuals apply to the Program so that they may work within one orientation, the Program provides several options: The student may select a systematic course of study in a Contemporary Freudian, an Interpersonal, or a Relational orientation. Alternatively, the student may choose to combine courses from the three orientations, as well as courses not aligned with any particular one (Independent). The curriculum thus fosters an intellectual community in which theoretical diversity may thrive and a rigorous comparative psychoanalysis is encouraged.


The candidate is required to treat two patients for 200 hours each, for a total clinical requirement of 400 hours. Such treatment must be done under supervision, with patients provided through our psychoanalytic clinic. Candidates are to begin work with a clinic patient by the beginning of their second year in the Program, and they are to continue clinic work until the 400-hour clinic requirement is met. In performing the clinic requirement, students are expected to follow all guidelines outlined in the Postdoctoral Clinic's policy and procedures manual, which is updated regularly. Students write progress reports on their clinic patients toward the end of each academic year.


Candidates in the Program are required to complete 300 hours of personal psychoanalysis at a minimum of three sessions per week; each session must take place on a different day of the week and must be at least 45 minutes in duration. This analysis must begin prior to initiating work with a training case provided by our clinic, and it must be concurrent with at least one year of the treatment of the clinic patient. The candidate's training analyst must have had, at the commencement of the candidate's analysis, five years of experience following graduation from an analytic training program. Moderate-cost psychoanalysis is made available to candidates by many members of our faculty. For further information regarding moderate-cost analysis, candidates may speak with the Program Director.


Candidates are evaluated by faculty following completion of each course, and by Clinical Consultants following each supervisory experience. Candidates' progress is monitored by the Progression Committee, which may require a candidate to complete additional coursework, consultation, clinical experience, or personal analysis.

NYU Postdoc's Ethics Committee offers educational and consultation services in ethical matters to the Postdoctoral faculty and candidates. Ethical dimensions and dilemmas that may arise in the course of all aspects of professional practice, including supervision, treatment and teaching, are considered. The committee is available for informal consultation, presentation and investigation of formal complaints--possibly leading to a resolution of the complaint. Any faculty member or candidate may contact one of the co-chairs or any other member of the committee to arrange for an informal consultation or to initiate a more formal investigation. For more information, please contact the Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Goren.

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