Curriculum
Requirements for Graduation

The One-Year Program:

The Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis — The Four Year Program

One Year Program

Academic Curriculum
Each trimester is composed of ten sessions consisting of 2 classes per trimester. Classes are held weekly from September through May on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm, in various locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Candidates must satisfactorily complete a one year sequence of course work in fundamental theoretical and clinical topics. All course work will be graded as pass or fail.

Personal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Minimum of once per week psychotherapy. If the candidate decides to continue on to the four year program, s/he must increase the frequency to at least twice per week by the beginning of the second year. Analysis must be with a SIPP-approved analyst. 

Supervision
Supervision must be with an approved SIPP, full faculty member, who is five years out of his/her own analytic training. Candidates must enter supervision at the beginning of the first trimester.

Four Year Program

Academic Curriculum
Each trimester is composed of ten sessions consisting of 2 classes per trimester. Classes are held weekly from September through May on Wednesday evenings from 7-10 pm, in various locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete a four year sequence of course work in theoretical issues, personality development and psychotherapy. Case seminars will correspondingly deal with psychoanalytic methods of treatment and process. All course work will be graded as pass or fail.

The four year program is composed of twenty-four courses. Two courses, balancing lecture and reading with experiential/case seminar format, are offered each trimester.

Personal Psychoanalysis
The Institute is committed to the principle of intensive personal analytic work concurrent with training. It is required that each candidate complete 300 hours of personal analysis at a minimum frequency of three times per week for at least 150 hours, with the remaining hours completed on a twice weekly basis. Candidates will be expected to begin analysis no later than September of the second year of training.

Those candidates who have completed a three time per week analysis prior to training may request approval of the analysis from the Training Committee. In keeping with the Institute's commitment to concurrent analytic work, they will be required to complete an additional 200 hours beginning no later than September of the second year of training.

All permanent faculty of the Suffolk Institute, who are five years out of their own analytic training, are eligible to be personal analysts for the candidates, although students are welcome to find an analyst outside the Institute. In the latter case, the candidate's training analyst must be five years out of his/her own analytic training from a four-year psychoanalytic training program with personal analysis and supervision requirements similar or equivalent to those requirements of the Suffolk Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. The suitability of a training analyst will be determined by the Training Committee. If financial hardship exists, Institute faculty members will be available to treat candidates at moderate fees, to be negotiated individually.

Supervision
Supervision must be with an approved SIPP, full faculty member, who is five years out of his/her own analytic training. Candidates must enter supervision at the beginning of the first trimester.

A Four Year candidate should be supervised by at least three supervisors throughout the program. Each supervisor must be seen for a minimum of 40 hours. It is recommended that Four Year candidates work with one supervisor for 80 hours to allow for a more intensive experience.

Patient Requirements
Candidates are expected to treat three patients for a total of 600 patient hours in intensive psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. One patient must be seen for a minimum of three times per week for at least 300 hours. The other two patients must be seen at least twice weekly for a minimum of 150 hours each.

Case Presentation
To graduate from the Four-Year Program, the candidate must present a sample of his/her analytic work to a committee from the faculty in both oral and written form. The Case Presentation is used to demonstrate the candidate's advanced understanding of theoretical and technical issues.

Evaluation of Candidate’s Progress

Candidates receive a grade of pass or fail for each course, along with a written evaluation by the instructor of each candidate's performance. Each supervisor evaluates the candidate's strengths, weaknesses, and overall progress. Using the aforementioned, the Training Committee will review with the candidate his/her progress at least once yearly. The letter of completion (for the One Year Program) or the Certificate in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (for the Four Year Program) are awarded upon successful completion of the programs’ requirements.