Low-Residency, Accelerated Track
Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya.D.) Degree 

 

The low-residency, accelerated track towards the Doctor of Psychoanalysis (Psya.D.) degree provides the opportunity for already certified psychoanalysts to earn a doctoral degree in psychoanalysis through distance learning, combining video conferencing and weekend intensives in Boston. Emphasizing advanced  comparative clinical seminars and research methodology, the program is designed to bring together a theoretically diverse group of psychoanalysts to generate more discussion and research in the field. Doctoral candidates study comparative approaches to clinical intervention and contemporary issues in psychoanalysis while contributing original doctoral research to the field.

Format
Students attend two weekend intensive sessions per semester in Boston, for two years.  The remaining classes are held via video conferencing over the internet.

Admission
To be eligible for admission, candidates will have earned a post-master's certificate in psychoanalysis. It is expected that applicants will have already earned the equivalent of at least 36 credits of post-master's psychoanalytic coursework, including psychopathology, psychoanalytic theory, developmental theory, dreams and symbolic processes, intervention, transference, countertransference, and resistance, as well as case seminars. Suitable applicants will also have significant psychoanalytic experience, will have received extensive psychoanalytic clinical supervision, and will have undergone a training analysis. Applicants submit a qualifying paper that provides evidence of the critical thinking, writing skills, and psychoanalytic understanding required to conduct doctoral research in psychoanalysis.

Degree requirements
The accelerated Psya.D. program can be completed over a two year period, with 2-3 courses per semester, in addition to the completion of the dissertation. The program requires 37 credits, including 10 credits of research methods course work, 6 credits of case seminar, 11 credits of additional coursework in psychoanalysis, and 10 credits of directed research supervision as the student works on the dissertation.

 

• Completion of 37 credits of required and elective course work.
• Successful completion of the dissertation and oral defense to the faculty

 Catalog for the Accelerated Clinical Doctoral Program

Location

Students attend two weekend intensive sessions per semester in Boston, for two years.  The remaining classes are held via video conferencing over the internet.

PLEASE NOTE:  1) Please inquire for specifics on your state of residence, since the availability of distance education is governed state by state. 2) Students in the low-residency learning accelerated track towards the Psya.D. degree have already completed psychoanalytic institute training and need to rely on that training if they plan to be licensed in psychoanalysis.  The low-residency learning accelerated track towards the Psya.D. degree is not intended to fulfill licensure requirements in New York State and BGSP will not recommend low-residency learning graduates for professional licensure in New York State.  For more information on licensure in psychoanalysis in New York State, please visit the Office of the Professions at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/