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What’s Unique about BGSP

It’s not just an education.... it’s a transformative experience

The integration of theoretical learning with emotional learning is the hallmark of the BGSP classroom experience. This innovative learning approach is unique to the school. It is based on the idea that understanding unconscious resistances can be applied, as it is in psychoanalysis when working with patients, to the teaching and learning of psychoanalysis as well. When students are able to connect their emotional experiences with theoretical concepts, then gains have been made towards personal growth, making possible a new level of academic excellence.

It’s not just an’s strong clinical training

The reputation of BGSP’s clinical program draws students who are new to the mental health field. The program also attracts practicing clinicians with advanced degrees in social work, psychology, or medicine who are looking to fill a gap in their understanding of human nature and motivation.

BGSP students begin the clinical experience by sitting with psychotic patients during the Fieldwork Externship. During the field placement, students not only learn the nature of primitive mental functioning, but also come to understand how they struggle with this early state in themselves. Later, advanced students complete a Therapy Center internship, in which they work with a minimum of three ongoing psychoanalytic cases under supervision. They complete two fifty-hour control supervisions in this phase of the program, while integrating theory, clinical knowledge and clinical case observation in a series of proseminars.

The externship and internship experiences, combined with relevant courses, case management seminars, ongoing supervision, and a training analysis, provide a foundation for coherent and rewarding clinical work. BGSP students graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience to apply their clinical training to a range of patients in a variety of settings.

It’s not just an’s a community

BGSP’s diverse student population sets the stage for a vibrant, cohesive and supportive student community. The students are drawn together by their passion for the study of psychoanalysis and their interest in learning from the faculty and from each other. The BGSP Student Association organizes student led study groups, publishes a newsletter and runs a theater group.

Many people, attracted to the manageable size of the school, develop close relationships with fellow students and faculty. As one student puts it, “ There is a family feeling here, a real aliveness.”