Psychoanalytic Training at NPI


Certificate in Psychoanalysis



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.

NPI’s program in Psychoanalysis

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 certification in Dynamic  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.


  • Complete personal training analysis through the second control case and 400 hours.
  • Complete 50 hours of pre-control supervision designed to facilitate analytic thinking with patients.
  • Complete 3 supervised control cases with approval of the Faculty Training Committee.

NPI requires a total of 200 hours of supervision over analytic patients in addition to the 50 hours of pre-control.

  • One control case may be conducted at three patient session hours per week on three different days.
  • The other two cases must meet a minimum of four patient hours per week on four different days.
  • All meetings must be in person.
  • To qualify as a control case, a patient must be an adult of 18 years or older.
  • The additional 50 required hours of supervision may be on any case that is seen 3 to 4 times per week. NPI suggests that these 50 hours be used to continue a control case through termination if possible.
  • Complete required core courses (20 required core courses for certification in Psychoanalysis).
  • Complete 10 elective courses.
  • Complete 10 Case Conference courses (2 Introduction to Case Presentation I & II, 1 Introduction to Case Conference, a maximum of 2 Pre-Matriculation Case Conferences, and a minimum of 5 Matriculation Case Conferences. Psychoanalytic candidates must present in at least one continuous Case Conference course.
  • Complete a clinical paper or clinical project with theoretical integration. The certification paper or project is a non-published clinical paper protected by the constraints of confidentiality.


Core Seminars

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:

  • Freud III
  • Winnicott II
  • Dreams II
  • The Writings of Andre Green
  • Clinical Writing
  • Relational Psychoanalysis
  • The Treatment of Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders
  • The Life and Writing of Sandor Ferenczi
  • The Clinical Contribution of Harold Searles
  • Freud’s Project for a Scientific Psychology and Modern Neuroscience

Independent Study – as arranged

For more detailed information on certification requirements please see our catalog here

Research Psychoanalyst Registration

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.

Adjunct Defined

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

  1. A full-time faculty appointment at the University of California, a state university or college, or an accredited or approved educational institution as defined in Section 94310 (a) and (b), of the Education Code.
  2. Significant ongoing responsibility for teaching or training as demonstrated by the amount of time devoted to such teaching or training or the number of students trained; or
  3. A significant research effort demonstrated by publications in professional journals or publication of books.

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.

  • Graduates must persist in their primary profession and cannot work more then one-third of his or her time in psychoanalysis.
  • As a student, he or she must have at least one year clinical training – often at a clinic – seeing patients while working under supervision.
  • NPI cannot accept Research Candidates from other states unless they have complied with California State law.

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.