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The Academic Associate Program offers a four-year course of psychoanalytic studies to scholars, researchers and academics who wish to enhance the work they do in their respective disciplines. Academic Candidates enroll with Clinical Candidates in the core didactic psychoanalytic training program which is two years of study of human development, contemporary psychoanalytic theories of gender and sexual identity, symptom formation, character, psychopathology, the impact of culture and other courses. The program also includes clinical seminars in which theory and practice are related.

A required meeting once per month with a consultant enhances learning and its application to the academic’s specialty. There is a fee for these monthly consultant meetings. During the first two years the consultant will help the candidate integrate his/her course work with his/her specialty and with a preliminary paper/project. During the second two years, the consultant will help the candidate with his/her final paper/project. Additional course work beyond the core two-year curriculum is not required, but may be elected during the second two years in order to complete the scholarly project that is required of Academic Candidates. This program does not require mental health education or personal therapy or analysis.

Our community is enriched in many ways by the interdisciplinary discourse generated by the Academic Candidacy Program. Upon graduation, academic candidates may join the Baltimore Washington Psychoanalytic Society as Academic Associates. For more information about the program click here.

Faculty Advisor

The Education Committee appoints a Training and Supervising analyst as Faculty Advisor at the time of the Candidate’s acceptance in order to assist the accepted applicant with all aspects of training until graduation. The Candidate may choose to discuss any matter with the Faculty Advisor, including training and supervisory fees. The Advisor facilitates communication between the Candidate and the Faculty. The Candidate may request for a change of Faculty Advisor from the Education Committee. The Education Committee will consider the request and make a new appointment whenever feasible.

A meaningful and constructive Advisor/Advisee relationship will allow latitude for individual styles and needs of both individuals while providing the Candidate a consistently high level of assistance and guidance in the development of her/his psychoanalytic training.

The Advisor should be knowledgeable about the Candidate’s progress in course work and supervision. The main roles of the Advisor are to guide the progression of the Candidate’s training and to keep the Education Committee apprised of the Candidate’s progression in training throughout the academic year. The Candidate-Advisor relationship is primarily an educational one, and confidentiality cannot in general be assured. Any aspects of discussion between Candidate and Advisor may, at the discretion of the Advisor, be reported to the Education Committee.

At an initial meeting, the Advisor will explain her/his role and discuss individual matters of progression. The Advisor will meet with the Candidate in conjunction with each of the twice-yearly Student Reviews. Reporting changes in the Candidate’s academic status, conveying recommendations, and offering advice and guidance to the Candidate, among other things, can be accomplished during these meetings. At this time, the Advisor will also discuss any problem areas raised by the Candidate, such as difficulty getting cases or issues pertaining to class participation, and assist the Candidate in considering ways to address such problems. General areas of professional development, including participation in Society activities and in the American Psychoanalytic Association, also can be discussed. The Advisor will welcome additional contact via phone or in person, as needed.