One-Year Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The One-Year Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is designed for beginning clinicians who wish to learn the principles of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and practice to further enhance their skills. In addition, a limited number of spaces are available to applicants without clinical licenses who are interested in postgraduate coursework study only. This program provides a practice-oriented introduction to the theory and practice of various psychoanalytic approaches to clinical work, but specializes in Contemporary Interpersonal Psychoanalytic Theory

The year-long program is divided into three trimesters, pairing a theory course with a clinical course each trimester. Overall, this dual approach, of clinical and theoretical work, is a dynamic opportunity for students to gain valuable theoretical knowledge, while also deepening their own clinical style and the way they hear and engage with patients.

Students in the one-year program are also invited to attend the various colloquia and clinical meetings sponsored by the Institute. These meetings provide a congenial forum for lively discussion and for the exchange of ideas among the presenters, candidates, analysts and guests. It is a wonderful opportunity to connect with our warm and esteemed community.


Manhattan Institute’s One-Year Program welcomes applicants from a wide range of professional and academic backgrounds. While many of our students do have prior clinical experience, it is not a requirement for application.

Applicants must have a Master’s degree or equivalent and must submit the following:

• A written application and two letters of recommendation

• Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

• $50 non-refundable application fee.

All applicants will be interviewed by Institute representatives.

Applicants that want to participate in the clinical option are required to carry their own professional liability insurance.

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Application fee

For further information please call 212-422-1221.


Training Requirements:

  • Students will complete and participate in three trimesters of academic courses. Classes are held in faculty members’ private offices on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 10:00 pm. The academic year runs from September to June.
  • Students participating in the clinical component will follow a patient in treatment throughout the academic year.  Those students will provide their own patients for supervision and would need to carry their own professional liability insurance.

For candidates in the clinical track, a certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program. For candidates in the coursework only track, a Letter of Completion will be awarded upon successful completion of the coursework.

While students are not required to be in psychotherapy, it is strongly recommended. The Institute offers low fee psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with selected faculty and graduates.  A student who chooses to do three times weekly psychoanalysis, with an accredited analyst, may use these hours toward the fulfillment of treatment requirements in the Analytic Training Program if s/he elects to continue training.


  • The cost of the program is $2450.  For candidates in the clinical track, supervision is available at no cost. Psychotherapy fees are negotiated with the individual’s therapist.
  • Graduates of the program who elect to continue into the Certificate Program in Psychoanalysis will receive a one-time tuition rebate of $300 towards their first trimester of training.


1. The Psychotherapeutic Relationship: Beginnings
Steven Spitz, PhD

The course will focus on the beginning of treatment, exploring the process of engaging a patient in therapy. How does the therapist establish a frame for the work, assess the patient, create a sense of safety, listen for the patient’s anxiety, resistances, and relationship themes? How does the therapist move from the patient’s initial concrete concerns to encouraging a sense of psychological curiosity in the patient?

2. The Psychotherapeutic Relationship: Elaborations
Vanessa Jackson, LCSW

The course will focus on ways the therapist and patient enrich the treatment process by attending to transference and countertransference themes, by exploring the patient’s nonverbal communications, by understanding mutual enactments, by discussing dreams.

3. The Psychotherapeutic Relationship: Group Supervision
Stefan Zicht, Psy.D.

The course will be structured around student concerns arising out of their clinical work and their efforts to define a professional identity. Some relevant questions are: What is curative in therapy? What is the relevance of diagnosis? How does the therapist’s theoretical orientation, personal treatment and supervision affect his work?


1. From One-Person to Two-Person Psychology
Julie Hyman, LCSW

The course will explore how the development of early interpersonal theory began to transform the understanding of key concepts in classical theory–unconscious process, motivation, development, internal structure, transference, countertransference, neutrality, anonymity.

2. The Interpersonal / Relational Model
Edward G. Mandelbaum, LCSW

The course will focus on contemporary articulations of interpersonal and relational models, exploring how they conceptualize the person and the therapeutic process.

3. Comparative Issues
Leslie Phillips LCSW

The course will focus on how the object relations, self psychology, and attachment theory approaches compare and contrast with contemporary interpersonal practice.