The ATP welcomes applications from licensed psychotherapists, including social workers, licensed mental health counselors, psychologists, nurses, psychiatrists and others.


  • The ATP is a continuing education program for licensed psychotherapists, who retain individual legal responsibility for their own clinical work.
  • Students may also enroll in the ATP if their psychotherapy practice is part of their employment in a licensed clinic, hospital, or similar organization that retains legal responsibility for the clinical work.
  • Each student must carry adequate professional liability insurance coverage before taking on a supervised psychotherapy case through BPSI.  The present minimum coverage is $1,000,000/$1,000,000.  Record of malpractice insurance policy and licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should be updated annually with the administrative office.
  • In the case of students who are not independently licensed, their work must be covered by the malpractice insurance policy of their employer.


Applications are due April 11, but are welcomed earlier in the year.

  • Complete the application form and return to Karen Smolens  or via mail to Karen Smolens at BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Center, Newton MA 02459.
  • Mail a non-refundable application fee of $50 payable to Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, mailed to the same address.
  • You will be asked to include past professional information, three references, and a brief personal statement.
  • Following receipt of an application, BPSI will contact the applicant for interviews with two faculty members. Our goal is for these interviews to be a mutually informative experience in which you will learn more about our training program and community, and we can discuss your professional experience and goals.
  • The admissions committee meets in May and June, and admissions decisions are usually made before July 1, and often earlier.


Contact Information

For administrative issues in the admissions process, please contact Karen Smolens at the BPSI office, 617 266-0953.  The Co-Chairs of the Admissions Committee for the ATP are also available to answer questions: Alison Phillips or  Jessica Barton.  The Director of Psychotherapy Training, Richard Gomberg, is also happy to talk with prospective students, and he can be reached at (617) 796-8804.


  • 2017-2018 Tuition for seminars: $2,200, billed in July.
  • Our Financial Office can set up a payment plan for your tuition. Please email Paul Brennan, Business Manager, or call him at 617-266-0953.
  • During the post-seminar period (the time between finishing classes and when graduation requirements are met), students continue to pay tuition to remain students in good standing. The current fee is $490.00 per year and allows access and use of BPSI facilities and mentors.For the 2016-2017 academic year, fee will be $505.00.
  • The Board of Trustees reviews the budget and decides on tuition charges each year.


  • The ATP pooled fee system is designed to balance the financial needs of the supervisees with the requirements of the supervisor. The supervision fee is negotiated between each individual student and supervisor and is based on the student’s ability to pay. The standard fee should be considered to be $100, however this can be reduced if the student has financial need. If a student needs to negotiate a reduced fee, we believe it would be appropriate to ask the student what the average fee that they receive from all of their patients is, and to use this as the supervisory fee.  If a student has adequate financial resources, a supervisor can charge up to their usual private practice supervisory fee, as well.  In the past few years we have had some supervisees paying very reduced fees, and some supervisees paying up to $150 a session.
  • All supervision fees are combined into one account by BPSI, and each supervisor is paid the same amount per supervision session.
  • The administration is aware that determining a fee is a sensitive issue and strongly encourages students to engage in a frank conversation with prospective supervisors, and for supervisors to model the direct and open discussion about financial matters that students may need to have with their patients. There is a need to maintain supervisory fees at a reasonably high level in order to attract excellent supervisors. On the other hand, no student is expected to pay more than he or she can afford. In providing supervision through the ATP Pooled Fee System, the supervisor will accept the average pooled fee as payment in full for supervision, and will not “balance bill” the supervisee or accept any additional fee from the supervisee, even if the supervisee is agreeable to this


  • Personal psychotherapy fees are arranged privately with the personal psychotherapist.


  • BPSI is committed to supporting training for those applicants with limited financial resources. Scholarship funds are limited and distributed based on financial need.
  • Upon acceptance, all ATP students are eligible to apply to help finance their psychotherapy training. Click here for more information.

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