Our core program in psychoanalysis takes place over a minimum of five years through the long established three-fold process of psychoanalytic training: Didactic Seminars, Personal Psychoanalysis, and Supervised Clinical Work, resulting in Certification as a Psychoanalyst.
Didactic Seminars involve core and elective topic and casework oriented seminars. The seminars expose candidates to a spectrum of theoretical perspectives providing a broad understanding of psychoanalytic history, current theory building and clinical application. Continuous case conferences offer the opportunity to integrate theory with technique, as candidates present case work within a group setting.
Personal Analysis is the cornerstone of analytic training, providing an experiential understanding of the value of the psychoanalytic process as it facilitates one’s professional and personal development.
Supervised Clinical Work offers the opportunity to apply psychoanalytic techniques in clinical work under the supervision of Senior training Analysts. Supervisors for those cases may be any qualified analyst who meets the Training Committee’s approval.
The Certificate Program
This NPI program offers training courses in both the theory and practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The first year is open to applicants who are interested in understanding psychoanalytic thinking about human development and relationships. Both theoretical and clinical applications are presented concurrently so that students can see how psychoanalytic thought translates into psychotherapy. Coursework includes didactic courses incorporating theory and clinical application, supervised practice, and case discussions, explicating transference, counter-transference and unconscious process.
Individuals who successfully complete the one-year program receive a Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. Students have the option of further training in psychoanalytic study groups and NPI extension courses. For this reason, the topic-oriented courses are designed to articulate with those programs.
NPI requires a total of 200 hours of supervision over analytic patients in addition to the 50 hours of pre-control.
Clinical Issues – 30 weeks
Clinical Issues I – Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Setting
Clinical Issues II – Transference, Counter-transference, Unconscious Experience
Clinical Issues III – The Psychoanalytic Frame and Boundary Dilemmas
The Writings of Freud – 20 weeks
The Writings of Freud I – Freud’s early work from 1895 on dreams, hysteria, sexuality, and other topics
The Writings of Freud II – Freud’s works from about 1910, development of theories on sexuality, the unconscious, psychoanalytic technique, and other topics.
Developmental Theories in Psychoanalysis– 30 weeks
Developmental Theories I – Infancy, Toddlerhood, Early Childhood
Developmental Theories II – Later Childhood & Latency
Developmental Theories III – Puberty and Adolescence
Comparative Theories in Psychoanalysis – 10 weeks
Dreams in Psychoanalysis – 10 weeks
Ego Psychology – 10 weeks
The British Independent Tradition – 10 weeks
The Writings of W.R.D. Fairbairn and H. Guntrip – 10 weeks
The Writings of Melanie Klein I – 10 weeks
The Writings of Wilfred Bion – 10 weeks
The Writings of D. W. Winnicott – 10 weeks
Self-Psychology and Intersubjectivity – 10 weeks
Advanced Clinical Issues I – Regression, Abstinence, and Provision – 10 weeks
Advanced Clinical Issues II – Impasse and Termination – 10 weeks
10 Continuous Case Conferences
10 Elective Seminars – these courses are offered throughout the candidates training. Some Examples:
Independent Study – as arranged
For more detailed information on certification requirements please see our catalog here
The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the California State Medical Board of Medical Quality Assurance to register Research Psychoanalysts. Persons with Ph.D.s in fields related to Psychoanalysis ( Anthropology, History, Literature, etc.), who are not licensed to practice psychotherapy, can be trained in this category. Research candidates must have taught or done research.
A registered Research Psychoanalyst is an individual who has graduated from an approved psychoanalytic institution and is registered with the Medical Board of California. Research Psychoanalysts may engage in psychoanalysis as an adjunct to teaching, training or research. Additionally, students who are currently enrolled in an approved psychoanalytic institution and are registered with the Medical Board as a Student Research Psychoanalyst, may engage in psychoanalysis under supervision.
A Research Psychoanalyst may engage in psychoanalysis as an adjunct to teaching, training or research. “Adjunct” means that the Research Psychoanalyst may not render psychoanalytic services on a fee-for-service basis for more than an average of one-third of his or her total professional time including time spent in practice, teaching, training or research. Such teaching, training or research shall be the primary activity of the Research Psychoanalyst. This primary activity may be demonstrated by
Students and graduates are not entitled to state or imply that they are licensed to practice psychology, nor may they hold themselves out by any title or description of services incorporating the words: psychological, psychologist, psychology, psychometrists, psychometrics or psychometry.
For a copy of the laws and regulations related to Research Psychoanalysts proceed to the webpage listed below for the Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations.
Verification of the current registration for Research Psychoanalysts may be obtained by selecting the webpage link below, or contacting the Medical Board’s Consumer Information Unit at (916) 263-2382.
For any other information related to Research Psychoanalysts, you may directly contact the Medical Board at:
Medical Board of California
Attn: Research Psychoanalyst Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone: (916) 263-2382
This law was established and gave certain Institutes State approval to train research psychoanalysts. A person who is accepted as a Research Candidate with NPI must apply to the State for approval.
Research Candidates can start classes at NPI and then apply to the state, but cannot begin supervised cases until approved from the state is received.