Training at Blanton-Peale

Earn a Certificate in Psychoanalysis

Blanton-Peale is training the next generation of mental health professionals for New York City. Its Psychoanalytic Training Program is a rigorous and unique program that leads to a certificate in psychoanalysis. Those who complete the program, if not already licensed, may sit for an exam to become a New York State licensed psychoanalyst.

What is distinctive about the Blanton-Peale approach?

  • Deep integration of psychoanalysis with spirituality, broadly defined
  • Solid grounding in both Freudian and Jungian theories and their contemporary manifestations
  • Rich opportunity for clinical experience at a robust mental health clinic
  • Active engagement in a vibrant, socially aware and uniquely multi-cultural community

Blanton-Peale endorses the ABAP Core Competencies

Besides the classical psychoanalytic components, three major emphases are also offered:

-Contemporary Psychoanalytic thought
-Spirituality (broadly defined)
-Diversity, Inclusivity and Culture

Blanton-Peale welcomes anyone with a master’s degree who is interested in psychoanalytic training. Applicants to the program come from a broad range of backgrounds, including the traditional mental health disciplines of psychology, social work, and medicine, as well as religion, education, the arts, humanities, and law.

Graduates of Blanton-Peale’s program hold positions in many professional settings around the world, including mental health agencies, educational and religious institutions, and business entities. Many maintain private practices.

The Program, modeled on traditional psychoanalytic training, consists of three components:

  • Comprehensive course work, which can be completed in four years,
  • Clinical Experience under supervision, and
  • The candidate’s own experience of psychoanalysis.

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Training Tracks at Blanton-Peale

There are three Training Tracks in the Blanton-Peale Psychoanalytic Training Program. The course work and personal psychoanalysis components are the same for all tracks. Which track a Resident will enter will depend on the background and previous training of the Resident.

The Already-Licensed Track is designed for those who are able legally to practice psychoanalysis within the jurisdiction where they will be completing their clinical experience. In New York State that includes licenses that contain psychoanalysis in the scope of practice (LP, LCSW, PhD or PsyD in Psychology, MD, NP, PA). Applicants from outside New York State should speak with the Director of Training to discuss considerations for the jurisdiction in which that applicant lives and/or will be practicing.

The LCSW Track is designed for those who hold an LMSW license or an MSW degree with a New York State-issued Limited Permit, and want to become an LCSW. Since these residents may not practice independently, they will work with patients at the Blanton-Peale clinic under the supervision of an LCSW.

The LP Track prepares Residents to sit for the NY State License in Psychoanalysis (LP). Entrance into this track requires a master’s degree in any discipline from a recognized institution of higher learning. Anyone who is either unlicensed or who holds a New York State license that does not include psychoanalysis in its scope of practice (LCAT, LMHC, LMFT) must train in this track. Students in this track may not begin taking courses until they have been fully accepted into the program. Residents in this track practice under psychoanalytic supervision. Students with a master’s degree from another country should speak with the Director of Training.

Licensure as a Psychoanalyst

The Blanton-Peale Psychoanalytic Training Program is recognized by the New York State Education Department.  Graduates of the LP Track may sit for the New York State License in Psychoanalysis, in order to become “LPs.” Graduates of all tracks are eligible to become registered psychoanalysts with the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP), and the Psychoanalytic Training Program is currently in the accreditation process by the American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis (ABAP).