Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training

NOBPC offers a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program designed for mental health professionals in clinical practice who want to enhance their theoretical understanding of psychoanalytic principles and improve their skill in conducting intensive psychotherapy. Our program includes classes in psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theory, as well as clinical case presentations. All applicants must be licensed in their state of residence and must carry professional liability insurance.


Eligible applicants are those who have attained a M.S.W., D.S.W., L.P.C., D.M.H., M.S. in psychiatric nursing, Psy.D., Ed.D., or Ph.D. in psychology. Eligible applicants must be licensed, professionally insured and practicing.

Graduates of a medical school approved by the American Medical Association will be eligible after satisfactory completion of the second year of psychiatric training.

The Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation or physical disability.

Questions concerning the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program and the application procedure can be directed to the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center at (504) 899-5815 or email to Early application is recommended.


Application for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

The curriculum is comprised of 26 ninety minute classes per academic year (September-May) in the two years of training. Classes will meet on either Tuesday or Wednesday evenings 7pm-8:30pm.

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training at NOBPC is divided into three major areas:

  1. Didactic curriculum comprised of 26 ninety minute classes per academic year (September-May) in the two years of training. Fellows are required to complete all courses and seminars outlined in the curriculum.

    Theory readings cover the basic concepts of psychoanalytic psychotherapy: psychotherapy process, interpretation, the phases of treatment, and the concepts of defense, resistance, transference, and countertransference. The psychoanalytic theory of drive, ego, conflict, object relations, and self will be introduced in relation to the practice of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The second year theory readings will focus on psychodynamic understanding of the various pathological organizations conceptualized as neurotic symptoms and disorders, character disorders, narcissistic disorders, and borderline and psychotic conditions. Developmental theory will be woven into the discussions as a way of relating the formation of pathology to specific stages of development: infancy, toddlerhood, oedipal phase, latency and adolescence.
    Clinical case material will be presented by faculty and participants to explore the psychotherapeutic process and demonstrate the application of theory to practice. These case conferences focus on the process of evaluation and formulation during initial interviews, the therapeutic alliance, transference, countertransference, resistance, interpretation and other theory demonstrated by the clinical material. The second year case presentations will include technical issues of working through and termination.

  2. Consultation of one initial training case will be required weekly or every other week at the discretion of the consultant during the first year. Beginning in the second year, in addition to the ongoing first case and consultation, a second consultation with another consultant will be required weekly or every other week at the discretion of the consultant for a second training case.

    Cases are to be in psychoanalytic psychotherapy minimally at once per week and preferably at two or more times per week. Consultation is expected to continue during the summer months between the first and second years.
    In order to enhance the capacity to conceptualize clinical process, each fellow is required to write-up the progression of their case(s) in consultation. The case summary write-ups are submitted to your consultant at six (6) month intervals.
    Consultants are to be chosen from Center faculty. Fees are arranged on an individual basis by the fellow and the consultant. Time in consultation is not accounted for in the continuing education credits offered but is required in order to adequately participate in clinical case conferences and as a means of evaluating each fellows’ development as a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

  3. Personal Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis concurrent with the program. Fellows must be involved in a personal psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis in order to increase sensitivity to the workings of unconscious forces and to begin to free the participant from personality conflicts that might impede the development of psychotherapeutic competence. The therapy must be a minimum of once per week, preferably with multiple sessions per week with a member of NOBPC faculty.