One year program

One Year Program

The One Year Program enriches the work of people who are interested in understanding and working with individuals, families or groups, improving personal relationships, and enhancing their quality of life. The program introduces students to modern psychoanalytic theories and techniques in order to develop a deeper understanding of human dynamics. Often this leads to approaching old problems in new ways. Experiential learning uses real life examples and cases as a lively way to enrich the classroom experience.

Two consecutive classes are offered on one evening, on an every other week basis, each semester. The four courses cover the maturational process, transference and resistance, analytic listening, and countertransference. Students receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.

Please note: there is a non-refundable application fee of $50. Please fill out the application form and mail with application fee enclosed to: BGSP, 1581 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446.


Schedule and Course Work

This year, the One-Year program classes will be held on Thursday evenings, beginning on September 6th at 5:30pm. The classes are back to back (5:30-7:00 and 7:15-8:45), and meet every other week for 10 weeks/semester. Courses will be taught by Dr. Joan White and Dr. Barnard. The exact dates are:

For the Fall 2018 semester:

September 6
September 20
October 4
October 18
November 1
November 15
November 29
December. 13
January 10
January 24

For the Spring 2019 semester:

February 7
February 21
March 7
March 21
April 4
April 18
May 2
May 16
May 30
June 13



An introduction to the basic theories and techniques of psychoanalysis including regression, transference, resistance, and the psychosexual stages.

The Maturational Process
The class is designed to help the participant:

  1. Discuss how an infant begins to develop psychic structure, using class readings and experience.
  2. Explore how the developing structure progresses from an objectless void into a person with the ability to develop object relationships.
  3. Analyze the transformation of drives through the libidinal stages of oral, anal, phallic and genital.
  4. Explore the fundamental conflict of the life and death drives and its role in. shaping character.
  5. Analyze how these theories influence the way we understand ourselves and work with the people in our world.

Transference and Resistance
This class is designed to help the participant:

  1. Explain the terms resistance and transference.
  2. Describe the function of resistance.
  3. Demonstrate the use of observation for making inferences and interventions.
  4. Explain the meaning of narcissistic transference and resistance.
  5. Discuss what is meant by the positive aspects of the negative therapeutic reaction.
  6. Discuss the meaning of the therapeutic resolution of verbal and preverbal resistance.


An exploration of techniques for gaining access to the unconscious, using symbolic communication and induced feelings, as well as other steps in the psychoanalytic process.

Analytic Listening
The class is designed to help the participant:

  1. Discuss the concept of analytic listening.
  2. Identify symbolic communications.
  3. Identify non-verbal methods of communicating.
  4. Discuss modern analytic ways of working with dreams.
  5. Discuss the meaning of progressive communication and how to promote it.
  6. Discuss how to listen to the unconscious (one’s own as well as that of another).

The class is designed to help the participant:

  1. Define the term countertransference.
  2. Discuss the historical evolution of countertransference.
  3. Discuss countertransference resistance and how to identify and overcome it.
  4. Explain what is meant by Winnicott’s term “Hate in the Countertransference.”
  5. Discuss the idea of using countertransference as a therapeutic tool.
  6. Integrate case material into discussions.


2018 -2019

$1,200 Tuition (per semester)

$50 Fees (per semester)

Continuing Education Credit Information

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. BGSP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (BGSP) is an NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5676. The ACEP solely is responsible for this program, including the awarding of NBCC credit.

Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis is approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be a Professional Development provider. One-Year Program courses offer one CE credit per hour of meeting time. The program totals 30 hours per semester. BGSP has submitted an application for social work continuing education credits. Please contact us at ContinuingEd@BGSP.edu for the status of social work CE accreditation.

A Few Words from Our One-Year Program Graduates:

"As a therapist, everything I learned was relevant."
Bonnie Fitz-Gibbon, Psychotherapist

"Psychoanalytic education and experience have made me a more successful custody and divorce lawyer."
Tracy Galloway, Lawyer

“This was wonderful and challenging.”
Evan Margetson, LICSW

"This program helped me to understand the pathologies of my students in crisis."
Rae Nelson, Teacher at residential program

"I believe it was in the BGSP One-Year Program that I really first began to see the world."
Seth Yorra, Lawyer

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