Advanced Psychoanalytic Certification Program Information

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NJI offers a postgraduate training program for licensed mental health professionals as well as graduate level professionals in a variety of disciplines.  This program gives its Candidates the ability to begin or expand their private practice while enhancing their clinical expertise.  Our program is the first formal psychoanalytic training program for non-medical professionals in the State of New Jersey to be accredited by the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis, Inc. (ABAP).  Our training programs are committed to developing and enhancing excellent clinical skills in an atmosphere of stimulating dialogue and instruction.

The Advanced Psychoanalytic program has been designed to enrich the work of clinical practitioners and professionals in various disciplines by introducing them to psychoanalytic principles, theories, and techniques. This program provides Candidates with a multi-faceted exploration of the theories and principles of psychoanalytic thought.  Observations regarding unconscious mental functioning, symbolic representations in thought and action, the analytic relationship, and the role of the past in the present provide a foundation for the consideration of more than a century of developments in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Through a combination of personal analysis, close supervision, and a broad exposure to the history of psychoanalytic ideas, observations, and theories, our extensive clinical training fully prepares Candidates for the close clinical interactions inherent in psychoanalysis.  NJI is dedicated to ultimately guiding Candidates toward becoming accomplished, compassionate, broadly trained psychoanalysts.

This training program consists of four major parts, which take place concurrently:

  • A 5-year curriculum of theoretical and clinical seminars
  • Four or more supervised psychoanalyses conducted by the Candidate to enhance the understanding of others and provide intensive clinical experience
  • A Candidate’s personal analysis to enhance self-understanding and gain a deep appreciation of the dynamic interaction between analyst and patient
  • Case presentation

Psychoanalytic Candidates draw from their full capacity of learning, creativity, caring, and compassion. By interweaving scholarly training, relevance through “practical” experience, with intensive one-on-one supervision, NJI fully prepares graduates for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to many areas of clinical, scholarly, and other professional work.  In the course of study a Candidate can expect to enhance his/her therapeutic skills, generate new insights and develop more effective ways of interacting with patients. Through teaching, mentoring and supervision a Candidate will gain the support and confidence necessary for professional practice in agency and private practice settings.

Each of the five academic years consists of two semesters, with three classes offered each semester.  Two of the classes each semester are theoretically oriented, and the third is a case presentation class.  Classes typically meet on either Wednesday or Thursday evenings, but some classes have opted to meet during the day.

Candidates who choose to accept referrals from the Clinic and see patients there, may take those patients with them into their private practices, once they have completed all requirements of the five year program and graduated from it.


Registration is open to mental health professionals and/or individuals associated with the helping professions who possess a minimum of a Master‘s Degree or its equivalent.  A member of the NJI’s admissions committee will interview potential Candidates for admission.

Program Requirements

  • Personal Analysis — Candidates must complete personal analysis comprised of a minimum of 450 hours with an Institute-approved psychoanalyst.
  • Course Work — The curriculum comprises 30 courses. A maximum of four courses may be taken each semester. Candidates are encouraged to proceed at their own pace.
  • Supervision — Throughout the program, all clinical work is supervised by Institute supervisors and control analysts.  Control analysis is the term given to focused and continuing psychoanalytic supervision of a psychoanalytic case.  First-year Candidates and those who are working on meeting the requirements for affiliation with the Clinic of NJI, Inc., must be in psychoanalytic supervision.  Candidates are engaged in control analysis on a weekly basis from the time they affiliate with the Clinic of NJI until their training has been completed.
  • Advanced Candidacy — After completing 4 clinical supervisions, supervision continues until graduation with a focus on case presentation.
  • Once accepted into a program, it is recommended that a candidate become a student member of NAAP (

Tuition and Fees

  • Registration, PEP-Web Online Psychoanalytic Library, and PACO Membership fees: $115
  • Tuition per course: $350
  • Payment plan available
  • Registered candidates pay a nominal fee to attend our Fall conference and Spring workshop. In addition, NJI offers many events that are free of charge.

Class Schedule and Time

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    Fall Semester -begins first week of October
    Spring Semester – begins mid-February


The New Jersey Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis
121 Cedar Lane, Suite 3-A
Teaneck, NJ 07666

*Subject to change

Click on Course Descriptions below to see a summary of materials covered in each class

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Contact Us

For admissions questions regarding this program, please contact NJI at 201-836-1065.