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Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis 

Program Description

The two-year masters degree program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to both their previous experience and to the program requirements. Students take courses in theories of early development, history of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theory, research, and clinical studies. First year students participate in the Educational Environment Orientation Group Experience. Clinical studies include the completion of a 400-hour fieldwork externship in a setting where psychosis and regressed mental states can be observed.

The program provides an understanding of how people develop and function, how they are motivated, and how they interact. Students from backgrounds as varied as art, business, medicine, law, education, as well as those already in the mental health field, have found their careers enhanced by an understanding of psychoanalysis.

Curriculum

Maturation: In the maturational sequence, courses examine normal and pathological development and theories of regression and fixation. Students learn how repetition of various developmental phases is enacted in the transference. Neurophysiological sequences are related to emotional development.

Theory: Courses in the theory sequence provide a sound foundation in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic concepts.

History: This sequence traces the origins of psychoanalysis, its language, growth, and development. The courses consider the widening scope of psychoanalysis from Freud and his contemporaries through the present day psychoanalytic thinkers.

Research: The research curriculum introduces students to methodological issues and guides them through the formulation of questions of study, one of which become the basis for the Master's thesis paper.

Fieldwork Externship: Understanding psychosis is central to the curriculum of the NYGSP. A NYGSP student begins by observing patients at a psychiatric hospital or similar mental health setting. By learning to be with these patients in a way that does not violate the patient's stimulus barrier, the student learns how psychotic defenses operate and how to read and respond to the patient's symbolic attempts at communication. This experience is fundamental to an understanding of the roots of human motivation.

The two-year program allows for flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to both their previous experience and to the program requirements. Students are required to take PT 184, three semesters of PT 185, three semesters of PT 111, and to be in a 400 hours as part of the Fieldwork Program.

Course Descriptions

For course descriptions, please refer to pages 11 - 15 of the Course Bulletin.

Sample Program

First Semester (Credits: 12)
PTNY 141 Human Development: How the Mind Unfolds, Part 1 (2)

PTNY 151a Basic Psychoanalytic Theory (2)

PTNY 161 History of Libido Theory in Freud (2)

PTNY 171 Systematic Investigations in the Human Sciences (2)

PTNY 184 Primitive Mental States (2)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Second Semester (Credits: 12)
PTNY 142 Human Development: How the Mind Unfolds, Part 2 (2)

PTNY 172 Psychoanalytic Research (2)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

PTNY 185 Fieldwork Seminar and PTNY 340 Fieldwork Externship (5)

PTNY 111 Fieldwork Discussion Group (1)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Summer (Credits: ⅔)
PTNY 111s Fieldwork Discussion Group (⅔)

Third Semester (Credits: 12)
PTNY 155 Dream, Fantasy, and Symbol (2)

PTNY 162 History of Drive Theory in Freud (2)

PTNY 525a Directed Research (1)

PTNY 525b Directed Research (1)

PTNY 185 Fieldwork Seminar and PTNY 340 Fieldwork Externship (5)

PTNY 111 Fieldwork Discussion Group (1)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Winter (Credits: ⅓)
PTNY 111w Fieldwork Discussion Group (⅓)

Fourth Semester (Credits: 12)
PTNY 154 Comparative Psychoanalysis (2)

One elective course chosen from list below (2)

PTNY 185 Fieldwork Seminar (5)

PTNY 185 Fieldwork Seminar and PTNY 340 Fieldwork Externship (5)

PTNY 111 Fieldwork Discussion Group (1)

PTNY 525c Directed Research (1)

PTNY 525d Directed Research (1)

PTNY 7 Individual Psychoanalysis

Electives:

PTNY 140 Sociocultural Influences on Maturation and Psychopathology (3)

PTNY 143 Latency (2)

PTNY 144 Adolescence (2)

PTNY 147 Adulthood (2)

PTNY 150 Concepts of Group Analysis (2)

PTNY 151b Basic Psychoanalytic Theory II (2)

PTNY 152 Character Studies in Literature (2)

PTNY 157 Transference (2)

PTNY 158 Countertransference (2)

PTNY 159 Unconscious Fantasy (2)

PTNY 160 Narcissism and Aggression (2)

PTNY 186 Beyond Psychosis: Typology of Conflict and Defense (2)

Individual Psychoanalysis

Students in the Master's Program engage in a individual psychoanalysis with an approved training analyst on a weekly basis. Students are required to have a minimum of 15 hours of PTNY 7 individual psychoanalysis before beginning the fieldwork externship and to continue in the individual psychoanalysis while completing the program.

Fieldwork Placement

Understanding psychosis is central to the curriculum of the NYGSP. Whether studying for a master's degree or pursuing a certificate in psychoanalysis, a NYGSP student begins by observing patients at a psychiatric hospital or similar mental health setting. By learning to be with these patients in a way that does not violate the patient's stimulus barrier, the student learns how psychotic defenses operate and how to read and respond to the patient's symbolic attempts at communication. This experience is fundamental to an understanding of the roots of human motivation.

The Program

The two-year program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to both their previous experience and to the program requirements. Students are required to take PTNY 184 Primitive Mental States, three semesters of PTNY 185 Fieldwork Seminar, and three semesters PTNY 111, Field Placement Observation.

Fieldwork students typically begin the clinical program at this level by enrolling in PTNY 184, the prerequisite for entering the Externship and PTNY 185. During this course, the student makes three visits to treatment settings for severely regressed and psychotic patients to become acquainted with the milieu.

By the second semester, the student begins the Externship. Many placement options are available. New placement options may be opened by special request to the Fieldwork Coordinator. During the second and third semester, students are actively involved in the placement (seeing patients, going to team meetings, and having regular meetings with the administrative supervisor at the hospital). Students in fieldwork take PTNY 185 Fieldwork Seminar and PTNY 111 small group Field Placement Observation. Students are expected to observe three patients over three consecutive semesters, including one winter-break and one summer. At the end of the third semester, the student makes the final case presentation to the fieldwork seminar.

Bulletin

Below is the 2019-2020 bulletin. Some of the information may have been revised. Such changes are reflected in the information on the web site.

DOWNLOAD BULLETIN of the NYGSP program

Spring 2020 Schedule of course offerings, registration information, and calendar

Fall 2019 Schedule of course offerings, registration information, and calendar