Preliminary Year

In addition to a year-long Case Seminar, preliminary year candidates are also required to attend three additional weekend courses: Psychopathology 1 & 2 (two weekends), Psychodiagnosis (one weekend), and Ethics (one weekend plus one additional Friday evening).  These meet on Friday evenings from approximately 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Case Seminar

Faculty: Caryn Sherman-Meyer, LCSW; Sharyn Leff, LCSW & Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, LCSW

This three-part seminar will introduce candidates to the world of psychoanalysis. Ideas about what psychoanalysis is and what psychoanalysts do will be considered from a variety of perspectives. The seminar will also address anxieties and insecurities — and also the excitement — that arise as candidates interact with patients and the Institute for the first time.

Through group discussions, readings, case examples and initial experiences with patients, candidates will begin to address those issues that come up in the beginning phase of treatment: making contact with the patient and scheduling sessions; initial meetings and creating a sense of safety; frame matters including fees, cancellations, vacations; what to do/say/not say in initial sessions and "mistake-making"; history taking and listening perspectives. In the second and third trimesters, the course will introduce concepts such as psychoanalytic conceptualizations of diagnosis and transference/countertransference, sexual, gender and cultural diversity and working with special populations of patients with sexual trauma, eating and other substance use disorders

Weekend Seminars

Psychopathology I
Instructor: Art Baur, LCSW

This course is designed to take a broad look at different views on what is psychopathology and what leads to its development. Issues such as culture and societal norms will be discussed as aspects of what might be considered pathological.

The course will also follow the evolution of the concept of psychopathology from Freud to current theoreticians. Early developmental issues, narcissism, trauma and dissociation, attachment theory, and super-ego distortions will be discussed. Also, we'll look at specific concerns in working with patients with borderline personality disorders, addictions, and those who use perversion as attempts to cope with psychological problems. A central focus of the course is how all psychopathology is an attempt at self-cure, and how these "self-cures" are resistant to analysis.

Each candidate will be asked to present two cases. This material will be helpful in showing how psychopathology appears in the clinical setting. We will focus on how the clinical material relates to the theories covered in the course readings.

Psychopathology II
Instructor: Art Baur, LCSW

This course is a continuation of Psychopathology I, covering contemporary formulations on theory and technique regarding psychopathology.

Instructor: Mimi Spiro, LCSW, JD

This course will introduce candidates to the basics of psychoanalytic diagnosis. It is designed to help cultivate the ability to think critically and creatively from a diagnostic standpoint that is human, flexible, empathic, relational, and non-judgmental. The emphasis is on understanding the "real" person that one meets in the consulting room.   Candidates will learn how to listen deeply to patients' communications for clues about cognitive, affective, relational, and personality patterns and problems – with a patient-centered attitude.  Candidates will develop skills in psychoanalytic interviewing and case formulation to make decisions about appropriate diagnosis, treatment planning, and referral where appropriate. 

Instructor: David Koch, PhD

The purpose of this course is to provide candidates with a forum for the consideration of ethical issues in psychoanalytic practice. We will review selected ethical principles and discuss their application across a broad range of topics. Emphasis will dually be on cultivating alertness to ethical matters and on the unique capacity of the psychoanalyst to consider and illuminate ethical ambiguities and dilemmas. It is hoped that candidates will have an opportunity to explore ethical matters openly with each other and with the instructor. Participants are encouraged to bring up ethical issues encountered in their own work for the purpose of group consultation in the context of the class.

Other Seminars

Child Abuse Detection & Reporting:

This course is on the identification and reporting of suspected child abuse and maltreatment.  Most candidates will opt to take this class online.

Please note:  Students must have completed the Child Abuse Detection & Reporting course prior to seeing patients in the NIP Treatment Center.

Curriculum Requirements Following the Preliminary Year

Toward the end of the preliminary year, candidates who wish to do so may apply for acceptance and integration into NIP's 4 year Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis & Comprehensive Psychotherapy.  Acceptance into this program is not guaranteed.  LQP candidates who have been admitted into the Adult Program are expected to fulfill the same academic and clinical requirements as all other Adult Program candidates.  In addition, they must also attend two weekend-long seminars and adhere to slightly different supervisory requirements due to differences in New York state's licensing requirements for psychoanalysis.  The seminars are typically in the second and third years of the program.  Each seminar is held over the course of two weekends from Friday through Sunday.  The seminars are:

  • Sociocultural
    Mimi Spiro, LCSW, JD

  • Psychoanalytic Ethics & Research
    David Koch, PhD