Our Education and Training

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training

For those who seek to improve their clinical skills as psychotherapists and to enhance their understanding of psychodynamic concepts, the Institute at PANY offers a two year training program in adult psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Virtual and In-Person Learning for 2023-24

For the upcoming academic year 2023-2024, PANY will offer some hybrid learning opportunities. These will be determined per program, and will evolve during the admissions season, as we determine our class, community, and faculty needs. The final learning format will be communicated to those enrolled as admissions is finalzed. 

As psychoanalysts, we believe in the importance of our work, in some ways especially so during these stressful times; and as hardy New Yorkers, we are committed to maintaining our presence as educators, psychoanalysts, and psychotherapists for the New York City community.

  • Overview

    Our aim is to deepen the clinician's understanding of patients’ emotional lives, particularly as they are experienced within the therapeutic relationship.

    The program investigates the mind from the perspective of current psychoanalytic theories. The roles of development, unconscious processes, and intra-psychic conflict in the formation of personality and psychopathology are explored. An important aim of the program is to integrate theory and technique, so that students have a deeper understanding of how to work with patients. 

    The core of the program is a series of seminars, taught by faculty members of PANY. Instructors are highly trained analysts with extensive clinical and professional experience. 

    In addition to academic study, training is enriched by ongoing case conferences and clinical psychotherapy supervision provided by PANY faculty. Patients are drawn from the clinical practices of students. Candidates are also required to be currently undergoing their own personal psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis as an essential facet of their training. Successful completion of the program leads to a certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.

  • Eligibility

    The psychodynamic psychotherapy training program is a post-graduate clinical program for individuals who are licensed mental health professionals and professionally insured who are practicing psychotherapy. If you are currently in psychiatric residency or in a psychiatric fellowship, you may be eligible to begin training.

    LMSW's are encouraged to apply for the Prelude to Training program.

  • Location and Schedule

    Classes are held in PANY’s classrooms at NYU Langone Health, Department of Psychiatry at 1 Park Avenue (at 32rd Street), in Manhattan. Classes occur on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., from mid-September to mid-May. The two-year program is divided into three 10-week trimesters, two classes each evening for each year.

  • Components of Training


    The curriculum is comprised of courses in psychoanalytic theory, development and technique. There are also continuous case seminars in which students present case material. Classes are taught as seminars where student participation is welcomed and encouraged. 


    View the curriculum here.



    Each student meets with one supervisor per week the first year and two supervisors per week in the second year. Supervisors are PANY faculty members. The $50 fee per session for supervision is payable to the supervisor. The supervisory process is intended to focus intensively on the ongoing treatment of patients.


    Personal Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    One's own personal psychotherapy or psychoanalysis is an important part of the educational process and is discussed in the admissions interview. It is not required that one's psychotherapist or analyst be affiliated with PANY, but a member of the Psychotherapy Committee will review the therapist's credentials. Referrals for personal treatment are available. 

  • Curriculum

    • Technique I: The Therapeutic Situation
    • Technique II: The Process of Psychotherapy
    • Psychodynamic Theory I
    • Psychopathology I
    • Psychopathology II: Character Pathology
    • Assessment
    • Continuous Case Seminar I and II
    • Development I
    • Development II: Latency, adolescence & Adulthood
    • Advanced Theory
    • Issues of Technique in Practice


    Download the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program Curriculum (.doc)

    Download the Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program Curriculum (.pdf)

  • Tuition & Fees

    Annual tuition is $3,135, payable in installments. Fees for supervision, $50 per session, are paid directly to the supervisor. Reduced fees for personal psychotherapy and psychoanalysis may be requested. Candidates are charged $120 for an annual subscription to the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing database (PEP). This fee is waived for candidates who have PEP access by some other means. (Fees are subject to change.)

  • How To Apply

    To apply for the program, submit the application form, including names of references. An interview with a faculty member of the Admissions Committee will be conducted. A $125 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted with your application. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. The deadline for application submissions is May 15.


    We welcome your inquiries. Further information may be obtained by emailing the Program Chairs:


    Sharon Lavon, LCSW This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Monica Michell, MD This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  • CME/CE

    ACCME Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership
    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and Psychoanalytic Association of New York (PANY). The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 credit per classroom hour of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


    IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.


    Psychoanalytic Association New York, affiliated with NYU Langone Health is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0124.

    Psychoanalytic Association of New York (affiliated with NYU Grossman School of Medicine) is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0112.

Psychoanalytic Association of New York
NYU Department of Psychiatry
One Park Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Telephone: 646-754-4870
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