The Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia

Psychoanalytic Training

The full analytic training program consists of four years of coursework, supervised analytic work, and personal analysis. Our curriculum makes use of a combination of in-person and distance instruction. We have designed our program so that it closely follows most of the standards set forth by the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPE), with exceptions made thoughtfully when our training philosophy or individual circumstances suggest the need for greater flexibility within the general confines of the standards. 

The personal analysis component is expected to be initiated prior to the beginning of supervised clinical work. While the duration of an analysis depends on individual variables, the minimum requirement, as set forth by ACPE, is two years (300 hours), at a frequency of at least three times per week.  While we do have guidelines regarding the length of post-graduate experience of the candidate’s analyst, we do not subscribe to a training analyst system, and in most cases, candidates have been able to work with an analyst of their own choosing. Additional details regarding the personal analysis requirement can be discussed individually with members of the Board.

Candidates are required to engage in a minimum of two analytic cases, with a minimum of three years of supervision divided between them. As with the personal analysis, these treatments are to be conducted at a minimum frequency of three sessions per week. The minimum requirement is for two or more years of individual, weekly supervision with one case, and one or more years of supervision with a second. The requirement for an additional year of supervision, beyond the three required to be on analytic cases, may be met in a combination of ways, including supervision of weekly cases, groups, or community projects (for a combined total of 160 hours of supervision). Supervision can be sought from any analyst on the faculty of the Stephen A. Mitchell Center in New York, or any analyst from the local IRPP faculty. Supervisors who do not fall into either of these two categories may be considered, in consultation with the Board.

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