This track leads to a New York State License. Candidates are responsible for being aware of the New York State Department of Education’s requirements and cognizant of the fact that they may change. Please check their website periodically for updates.



The Metropolitan Institute for Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, in conjunction with The Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, an Office of Mental Health (OMH) licensed clinic, offers social workers the opportunity to be paid for clinical hours while working toward LCSW licensure and a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Work a minimum of 14 clinical hours weekly to qualify for the LCSW in three years and be paid. Social workers who are unable to work 14 hours have the option of working a minimum of 10 unpaid clinical hours to qualify for the LCSW in six years. 


A candidate may change from one status to another with the permission of the Director and any variations in the course of study are subject to the approval of the Director.


An applicant for the LCSW Track must be certified or licensed in psychology, social work, psychiatry or psychiatric nursing, or working toward such credentials. Counselors and others who hold a Master's degree can qualify as licensed psychoanalysts under NY State licensure laws while working toward a certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Other applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis.

The applicant will also be evaluated as to whether he or she meets the guidelines: emotional maturity, a capacity for an inner focus and an awareness of inner processes, curiosity and interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, capacities for self-reflection, observation and empathy, and an ability to tolerate anxiety, ambiguity and differences.


- Successful completion of all coursework.
- 750 hours of supervised clinical practice with patients of the Metropolitan Center for Mental Health.
- A minimum of 120 hours of individual supervision.
- A minimum of 135 hours of group supervision.
- A minimum of 300 hours of personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy on at least a twice weekly basis.
- Successful completion of a written and oral case presentation.
- In good standing with MITPP and MCMH.



Supervision can be a major additional expense beyond tuition. At MITPP, outstanding supervision is offered as part of an all-inclusive tuition package with no additional fees for individual or group supervision.

Candidates select an individual supervisor from the list of MITPP Supervisors. Supervision is held in the supervisor’s office and is arranged between candidate and supervisor at a mutually convenient time. A course of individual supervision consists of forty (40) weeks per year. Three (3) consecutive courses of supervision are required with three (3) different supervisors. Candidates may opt to take a second, simultaneous supervision with an MITPP supervisor at a very reduced rate.

Candidates are required to attend weekly group supervision. Group supervision is held throughout the year on-site at MCMH and is offered on a number of different days and at various times.

Candidates who carry 14 or more patient hours may be assigned an additional supervisor by MCMH at no additional cost. If a candidate wishes to have the additional supervision count toward his/her LCSW, he/she must make sure that the supervisor is licensed appropriately. In order to avoid disappointment when applying for the LCSW, candidates must stay informed about any new requirements from the New York State Education Department by periodically checking the New York State Education Department website. 


Personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is required during training and is the medium for attaining a deeper and more personal understanding of the theoretical and clinical issues under study.

Therapy/analysis must be at a minimum of twice a week. If a candidate is in treatment at the time of application, approval of the therapist/analyst as a training therapist/analyst must be obtained from the Director. A therapist/analyst who is a graduate of a chartered training institute with a psychoanalytic orientation and has proven experience in psychoanalytic practice would, in general, meet the criteria for approval. Fees for personal psychotherapy/psychoanalysis are arranged privately between candidate and psychotherapist/psychoanalyst. Candidates not in treatment at the time of application may request to be referred to a therapist/analyst. The Director will make every effort to assist the candidate in locating a well-qualified therapist/analyst whose fees are affordable.


Candidates see clinic patients at MCMH, a separate entity with which MITPP is associated. All decisions on treatment, patient assignments, or use of space at MCMH are in the sole discretion of MCMH’s Director of Clinical Services or his or her designee. Further information is contained in the Policies and Procedures Manual of MCMH.

The range of patients’ problems at MCMH may include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, borderline conditions, pathological narcissism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and character pathology. MCMH has a team of psychiatrists, a 24-hour answering service for emergencies, a Medical Director, and full-time Administrative and Clinical Directors. Support is always available to candidates treating MCMH patients.

Candidates can fit their clinical work into their schedules, as MCMH is open weekdays from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. MCMH’s main office is located on the Upper West Side at 160 West 86th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues. A second location is at 336 Central Park West, at 94th Street; a third location is at 1090 St. Nicholas Avenue in Washington Heights, which includes a substance abuse program in addition to all of the current MCMH programs. All three sites are convenient to public transportation.



Courses are held in instructors’ private offices on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:25 PM to 7:55 PM and from 8:35 PM to 10:05 PM.* There are two (2) semesters per year, Fall and Spring, each consisting of fifteen (15) weeks of classes. The course of study may be completed in three (3) years. Most candidates train on a part-time basis and extend their training over a longer period. All courses are taught with an emphasis on clinical relevance. Small classes allow for individual attention. All courses are 15 weeks unless stated otherwise and have been approved for 22.5 contact hours (CEUs). See course descriptions below regarding the number of contact hours for shorter courses. 

*Courses will be offered based on adequate candidate enrollment.


Freud’s Writings I
The development of Freud’s thought is traced through 1914 with an emphasis on the interdependence of clinical and theoretical advances. The first part of the course traces the progress of Freud’s self-analysis in order to demonstrate the inseparability of theory and practice in psychoanalysis. The remainder of the course focuses on the clinical aspects of Freud’s thought through 1914.

Psychoanalytic Technique I: Beginning the Treatment
The beginning of the course will be devoted to the cultural context of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and will aim to sensitize clinicians to different populations. The balance of the course will focus on beginning the treatment with a perspective on how psychoanalytic theory informs technique. The consultation, opening phase, and practical aspects of treatment will be considered. Emphasis will be placed on the therapeutic stance, active listening, understanding of transference manifestations, and how the therapist engages the patient in the process of therapy. Candidates will be exposed to the broad range of analytic literature dealing with these issues and candidate case material will be used.

Psychoanalytic Theories of Development I
This course offers an overview of the beginning psychological development of the human infant from a psychoanalytic perspective. Early development will be considered from the vantage point of psychosexual stages and of drive and ego development in the oral and anal phases and from the standpoint of Attachment Theory. The development of object relations and the emerging sense of self will be addressed. The contributions from infant research will be covered. Readings will include Freud, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Spitz, Winnicott, Mahler, Pine, and Kohut. Candidates will have the opportunity to think about clinical material from various theoretical perspectives.


Freud's Writings II
Freud’s basic theoretical thinking from 1914 to 1937 is studied intensively through a close reading of his essential papers. Central concepts such as narcissism, the dual instinct theory, “beyond the pleasure principle,” masochism, and the structural model are highlighted. Application and relevance to clinical practice are emphasized. 
Prerequisite: Freud’s Writings I or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Psychoanalytic Technique II: Classical and Contemporary Approaches
This course focuses on the basic components of psychoanalytic treatment: transference, countertransference, resistance, acting out, and working through. Each concept is explored theoretically and clinically, integrating classical and contemporary thought. The course emphasizes the application of theory to clinical work.
Prerequisite: Psychoanalytic Technique I or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Psychoanalytic Theories of Development II
This course continues an exploration of Freud’s basic stage theory and its ramifications for normal and psychopathological character structure. There will be emphasis on the Oedipus complex as the nucleus of neurotic conflict. The writings of Freud, as well as the writings of more contemporary theorists will be studied. This will include readings and discussions of gender and sexuality, including contemporary theories of femininity, female sexuality, and homosexual and lesbian perspectives.
Prerequisite: Psychoanalytic Theories of Development I or with permission from the Director of MITPP.


Psychopathology I: Theory of Psychic Conflict
The psychoanalytic theory of psychic conflict will be studied from the perspective of the various contemporary models of the mind in order to lay the groundwork for an understanding of psychopathology, specific diagnostic entities, and clinical treatment. Using readings from the literature, class discussion, and case presentations, concepts covered will include: psychic structure, id, ego and superego functioning, unconscious processes, anxiety, conflict, regression, defense mechanisms, symptom formation, psychopathology, and character structure.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Psychoanalytic Technique III: Technique With the More Disturbed Patient
This course will focus on the unfolding treatment process with an emphasis on issues encountered in the treatment of patients with a variety of ego structures. Work with pre-verbal experiences, identifications, and primitive defenses will be explored. The nature of the therapeutic atmosphere will also be considered. Candidates’ clinical material will be used in combination with readings from Freud, Mahler, Spitz, Pine, Leowald, Winnicott, McDougall and Riviere.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Psychoanalytic Theory of Dreams
Both theoretical and clinical aspects of the use of the dream in psychotherapy will be covered. Approximately half of each class meeting will be devoted to a discussion of an aspect of dream theory and half to clinical case material. Readings will cover historical and current theoretical issues including the works of Freud, Sharpe, Erikson, Altman, Jones, Brenner and Arlow, and Grinstein. Ample opportunity will be provided to each candidate to present pertinent case material including dreams.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.


Psychopathology II: Neurosis
The psychoanalytic theory of neurosis will be reviewed and discussed in order to develop an understanding of the classical neuroses, e.g., hysteria, obsessive-compulsive neurosis, anxiety and phobias, etc., their etiology or origin in earlier developmental conflicts and their role in the formation of character. Critical concepts such as the Oedipus complex, infantile neurosis, drives vs. object relations, and the role these concepts and developmental issues play in the formation of neurosis will be considered. The adequacy and relevance of the classical formulation of neurosis in the context of changing patient presentations (e.g., borderline and the more severe character disorders) which seem to predominate in treatment at this time will be addressed. The course will draw on readings from the literature, case presentations, class discussion, and presentation of assigned material.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Psychoanalytic Technique IV: Transference and Countertransference With the More Disturbed Patient
Special transference and countertransference problems in the treatment of patients who present borderline, narcissistic, and psychotic pathology will be addressed. Specific technical problems with these patients, e.g., acting out, negative therapeutic reactions, eroticized and psychotic transference, silences, perversions, and treatment crises will be considered. Readings will be drawn from authors who are making or have made major contributions to the literature on transference and countertransference. Candidates will be expected to organize, write about and orally present a case following the Outline for Final Case Presentation.  Candidates will attempt to meet the Standards for Final Case Presentation, which are available from MITPP ( When they request the Standards, they will also receive the Procedures for Final Case Presentation and Outline for Final Case Presentation.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Unconscious Processes
This course will study primary process, fantasy, and symbolism as essential keys to understanding the unconscious. This study will attempt to enhance the capacity to listen for unconscious conflict and fantasy and to decipher their meaning in the clinical material. Both Freudian and Kleinian approaches toward fantasy and symbolism will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the relevance of understanding character pathology and differential diagnosis in order to communicate effectively to the patient about unconscious fantasy.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year Courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.


Psychopathology III: Borderline and Narcissistic Disorders
Narcissistic and borderline disorders will be studied from the point of view of psychic structure, developmental deficits, the aggressive drive, and the world of internal objects. Attention will be given to the dynamics of the treatment process, transference and countertransference problems special to this group, and the use of parameters.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Integrative Case Seminar I
This seminar integrates psychoanalytic theory with clinical practice in preparation for the Final case Presentation.   Each candidate will select an appropriate case for presentation. There will be an emphasis on understanding the significance of the history of the patient and the unfolding of the therapeutic process as well as on a diagnostic formulation and conceptualization of the case. Candidates will organize the patient's history and the progression of the treatment with clarity. Each candidate will have a number of class meetings in which to discuss the selected case and to present one or more preliminary versions of the written presentation.   By semester's end, it is anticipated that each candidate will have achieved a clear sense of direction with regard to writing the Final Case Presentation.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP. 

Object Relations Theory
This course will examine the concept of the object and object relations in the work of different theorists. Freud’s concept of the object will be the starting point; further attention will be given to Mahler, M. Klein, Fairbairn, Winnicott, M. Balint, Bion, Leowald, and Ogden. How each theorist’s understanding of the importance of the object in individual development conditions his/her understanding of pathology, diagnosis, and treatment approach, especially in regard to the use of transference, will be studied.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.


Psychopathology IV: Psychosis
More serious psychopathology, e.g., schizophrenia and severe ego disturbances, is viewed in terms of differential diagnosis. Drive derivatives, affect states, and internalized object relations are considered. Clinical material is used to enhance understanding of psychotic states, with an emphasis on how technique must be adapted to work with these conditions.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Integrative Case Seminar II
This seminar will continue where Integrative Case Seminar I left off, with special emphasis on the Final Case Presentation. Readings may be suggested where appropriate. The focus will be on finalizing each candidate's case presentation through class presentation and discussion. Once Final Case Presentations are completed, those who have not yet presented before a committee will continue work on their cases. An additional focus will include the termination process to help candidates who may be ending treatment with their patients.
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Self Psychology
This eight-session course will focus on the historical development of both the theory and clinical practice of self psychology. Emphasis will be given to such key issues as the empathic mode of observation, self-object transferences, and psychic structure building. A re-evaluation of major concepts will include countertransference, resistance, drive theory, and the self as the superordinate agency of the mind. Candidates’ clinical work will be discussed in depth to demonstrate self-psychologically informed psychoanalysis. Readings will include the writings of Kohut, Ornstein, Wolf, Bacal, Fosshage, and Stolorow. This course has been approved for 12 contact hours (CEUs).
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Relational Perspectives in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
This seven-session course will provide an overview of relational perspectives in psychoanalysis. The evolution of relational ideas will be traced from their beginnings to contemporary theory with its roots in object relations and interpersonal psychology. Concepts of the two-person transference-countertransference matrix, mutuality and a shift in views about authority, the role of affect, trauma, and the phenomenon of neurological information processing will be explored. Readings will be drawn primarily from Ferenczi, Fromm, Mitchell, Bromberg, Aron, and Altman. Clinical applications of theoretical concepts will be emphasized. This course has been approved for 10.5 contact hours (CEUs).
Prerequisite: Completion of all First and Second Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.


Ethical Issues in Psychoanalysis *  

 This 15-week course will cover the ethical issues that clinicians may encounter in clinical practice. Codes of Ethics will be explored. Topics such as exploitation, issues regarding the analyst’s competence and the impact of the analyst’s countertransference as a force in leading to compromising ethical behavior will be covered in depth.                                    

Prerequisite: Completion of all First Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP.

Psychoanalytic Research * 

This course teaches candidates the scientific method as a way of knowing and provides an overview of the research methods most commonly used in social science research and their epistemological underpinnings. Candidates will examine what research is and what is its purpose and method. Candidates will consider qualitative research, both group designs and the case study method. They will also review survey (descriptive), experimental and single-system designs. The emphasis in this course is on the differing purposes of each type of design and the varying ways each typically approaches such issues as sampling and data collection. Coherence of design is emphasized. Examples of recently published studies of types of research will be examined in depth in order to understand each type of design in use. Research ethics will also be considered because they are basic to all sound research designs. Psychoanalytic, psychological and social work research takes place in a diverse world: Enhancing the cultural competence of one’s approach to research will be considered.                                                

Prerequisite: Completion of all First, Second and Third Year courses or with permission from the Director of MITPP

* Required only for Psychoanalytic Licensure Program candidates.