Frequently Asked Questions
Question: Where are classes held?
Answer: Classes are held in Manhattan, in the private offices of our faculty. Because class size is usually fewer than 10 people, the intimacy and community of the class is supported by the informal feel of meeting in a teacher's office or home.
Question: How are classes structured?
Answer: Reading assignments are given each week for every class which are then discussed during class time. The teachers each have their own style, but most emphasize discussion of the readings and theories and encourage applying newly-learned theory to case examples. Small class size and supportive, down-to-earth faculty encourage the safety of sharing ideas and asking for help with cases. Many classes have a group-supervision component in which students learn to present cases and get feedback from their teacher and peers.
Question: Is there a supervision requirement?
Answer: Students in the psychoanalytic psychotherapy program are required to complete a total of 100 hours of supervision. This is divided into 50 hours with two different supervisors usually over the course of the final two years of the program. NYSPP's program recognizes the different learning styles and situations of its students, though, and is able to be flexible with the timing of supervision.
The school matches students with seasoned NYSPP supervisors based on each student's learning needs. Supervision is provided at a reduced rate of $50 per session.
Question: What is supervision like?
Answer: While each supervisor and student dyad have slightly varying styles, supervision is generally a weekly 45-50 minute meeting in which the student presents case material to the supervisor and gets his/her feedback and direction. They follow the same case for the entire 50 sessions of supervision, completing and discussing process recordings, so that the depth and breadth of the case is captured.
Question: Do students have to participate in their own therapy?
Answer: NYSPP believes that the process of becoming a therapist is complemented by the experience of also being a patient. Therefore, participation in twice-weekly psychoanalytic psychotherapy is a component of the NYSPP learning process.
Question: What are the requirements for graduation?
Answer: A student graduates with a certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy when s/he has fulfilled the following requirements:
- Six semesters of coursework
- 100 hours of supervision
- Presentation of a case paper to a faculty committee.