Why Choose NPAP for your Psychoanalytic Training?

Academic Program

NPAP’s psychoanalytic training program is rigorous and comprehensive and provides a plurality of theoretical viewpoints. The curriculum includes a thorough grounding in the psychoanalytic literature including Freud’s drive theory, the British and American object relations schools, self psychology, ego psychology, relational and inter-subjective perspectives and attachment theory. There is a consistent effort to integrate theory and practice in classes throughout a candidate’s training. We also offer opportunities to pursue psychoanalytic research.


NPAP is distinguished from most other psychoanalytic institutes in that following the legacy and vision and legacy of Theodor Reik, it provides sound, comprehensive training for competent practice to all qualified applicants, including those from outside the tri-disciplines of psychiatry, clinical psychology, and social work. We believe that mature, intelligent, empathic individuals from the arts, the social sciences, and even the physical sciences bring a unique richness to their practice of psychoanalysis and to their understanding of the human psyche and the human condition.

NPAP does not discriminate with regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, creed, military status, genetic information, employment status or any legally protected category in admission of Members and Candidates; selection, assignment and promotion of faculty and administrative staff; application of scholarship programs; evaluation of Candidates in their progress through the Training Program; membership policies; referral services and all other aspects of NPAP function.

Foreign Students

Our candidates come from five different continents and we welcome foreign students with F1 Visas.


NPAP is a New York State approved psychoanalytic training institute. Completion of our license-qualifying program will prepare candidates for eligibility to apply for the New York State License in Psychoanalysis. NPAP is also a New York State approved site where LMSWs may accrue the hours needed to qualify for the License in Clinical Social Work (LCSW).


The candidate organization, the Members-In-Training Organization, or MITO, is an equal partner in the governance of the Training Institute. The chair of MITO sits on the Institute Board and members of MITO are members of all Institute standing committees. They are full voting members of each body. MITO holds monthly meetings and periodic presentations on psychoanalytic theory, training and practice. It’s also the main social organization for candidates, holding periodic gatherings and hosting the MITO Facebook page.

Mentoring Program

Candidates are able to select a mentor from the NPAP membership. Mentors can help candidates get information about requirements and courses and also advise candidates on all aspects of psychoanalytic training.


Two scholarships, the Lou Berkowitz Scholarship and the Ernest Angel Scholarship, have been established at NPAP. Detailed descriptions may be found under Scholarships in this Bulletin. PUT LINK HERE.

Clinical Experience

As a candidate at NPAP you will have the opportunity to begin receiving patient referrals from the Theodor Reik Clinical Center for Psychotherapy (TRCC) after passing the Readiness for Clinical Practice or the Matriculation evaluation. For those candidates seeking either the License in Psychoanalysis or the License in Clinical Social Work, office space, low fee supervision and a small stipend are provided for clinical work with patients seen through TRCC. Already licensed candidates may begin seeing patients (under supervision) right away.

Distinguished Faculty

NPAP has an excellent and distinguished faculty, including many published authors. Our journal, The Psychoanalytic Review, published since 1913, is the oldest continuously published psychoanalytic journal in the world. NPAP candidates are eligible to publish papers in The Psychoanalytic Review.

Open House

NPAP holds two Open Houses, in the spring and fall, for people interested in learning more about psychoanalysis and our Training Institute. Current candidates as well as members of NPAP take part, sharing their experiences in pursuing psychoanalytic training as well as what it’s like to be an analyst. We also provide information about our training. To find out when the next Open House will be held and to RSVP, contact info@npap.org or 212 924-7440.