BPSI’s Adult Psychoanalysis program provides Candidates with a multi-faceted exploration of the theories and principles of psychoanalytic thought.  Observations regarding unconscious mental functioning, symbolic representations in thought and action, the analytic relationship, and the role of the past in the present, provide a foundation for the consideration of more than a century of developments in psychoanalytic theory and technique. Through a combination of personal analysis, close supervision, and a broad exposure to the history of psychoanalytic ideas, observations, and theories, our extensive clinical training fully prepares Candidates for the close clinical interactions inherent in psychoanalysis. BPSI is dedicated to ultimately guiding Candidates toward becoming accomplished, compassionate, broadly trained psychoanalysts.

Our training program consists of three major parts, which take place concurrently:
  • A five-year curriculum of theoretical and clinical seminars
  • Three or more supervised psychoanalyses conducted by the Candidate to enhance the understanding of others and provide intensive clinical experience
  • A Candidate’s personal analysis to enhance self-understanding and gain a deep appreciation of the dynamic interaction between analyst and patient

Psychoanalytic Candidates draw from their full capacity of learning, creativity, caring, and compassion. By interweaving scholarly training, relevance through “practical” experience, with intensive one-on-one supervision, BPSI fully prepares graduates for the clinical practice of psychoanalysis and the application of psychoanalytic concepts to many areas of clinical, scholarly, and other professional work.

Traditionally, classes are held on Thursday evenings at BPSI from 5:30pm- 7:00pm and 8:00pm – 9:30pm, with an hour free for dinner, over eight-week periods from September to June. Although BPSI has conducted some virtual classes this year, our focus is on in-person learning when safety allows and applicants are expected to be able to attend classes at BPSI, at 141 Herrick Road in Newton Centre.


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