Our Education and Training

Prelude to Training

An introductory sampling of psychoanalytic ideas and their practical applications. 

  • Overview

    This 18-session program is designed to meet the needs of psychiatry residents, graduate students, and early-career clinicians interested in learning about practice and treatment approaches in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. The seminars, taught by PANY faculty, have a practical focus, providing participants with an opportunity to hear and discuss clinical material. Most sessions are structured around a key clinical or theoretical concept, including psychodynamic approaches to specialized topics, and may include optional readings. Participants may request a letter of completion upon meeting the requirements at the conclusion of the Prelude program.

    The program includes the option of arranging, at no additional cost, two private mentoring sessions with a psychodynamic clinician to help explore your path as a professional in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, social work, and mental health.

    One component of the Prelude to Training program is a 6-week seminar series in the Introduction to Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (click here for more information). This course also may be taken as a stand-alone option; click below for more information. The Prelude to Training also contains a Fellowship track (click here for more information).


    Download our Prelude to Training Schedule (.pdf)



  • Schedule and Topics

    Saturday mornings, 18 sessions, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

    Location: NYU Langone Department of Psychiatry, One Park Avenue at 33rd Street, 8th Floor, Manhattan

    Refreshments (coffee and bagels) are offered.

    Within these eighteen weeks there is a six-week course on psychodynamic theory and technique. Additional topics have included clinical case presentations, psychodynamic approaches to couples therapy, child treatment, substance abuse, and psychosis, as well as the use of dreams, and addressing technology and money in the treatment setting.


    September 21: Case Presentation
    October 5 & 19: Psychosis and Psychoanalysis
    November 2, 9, 16 & 23; December 7 & 14 (6-week seminar):
    Introduction to Theory and Technique in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
    January 11, 2020: Making Gabriel Byrne (InTreatment) a better therapist
    January 25, 2020: Dreams and Psychoanalysis

    February 8,2020: Money in the Psychoanalytic Situation

    March 7, 2020: Bullying: Emotional Development, Symptom Formation, and the Impact on the Treatment Process

    March 14, 2020:  Topic: Mindfulness 

    April 4, 2020: Topic: Trauma

    April 25, 2020: Topic: Groups

    May 2, 2020: Midlife Matters

    May 9, 2020: Couples Therapy Skills for the Dynamically Trained Clinician


    Download our Prelude to Training Schedule (.pdf)

  • Eligibility

    The program is open to clinicians of all levels of background and experience. One need not be licensed to practice, but study or practice in the mental health field is required. Space is limited to 24 people.
  • Cost

    The program fee is $580A $350 payment must accompany the registration form. The balance is due on November 15. Checks should be made out to “Psychoanalytic Association of New York.” NYU Langone Health trainees (residents and fellows in the Department of Psychiatry) may attend at no charge.

    Payments can also be made online through PayPal. Click the "Apply Now" button above.

  • Registration & Application

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Application deadline is September 1.

    Seats are limited; early application is encouraged. 


    To apply, download a registration form. Please be sure to include your CV and your $350 initial payment (follow instructions on registration form).



    Application (.doc)

    Application (.pdf)

  • Location

    One Park Avenue (at 33rd Street), 8th Floor, convenient to the 6 Train (33rd Street station).

  • CME/Social Work CE Credit

    ACCME Accreditation Statement for Joint Providership This activity (Prelude to Training) 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 the 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 [number of credits] 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 of New York
NYU Department of Psychiatry
One Park Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10016

Telephone: 646-754-4870
Fax: 646-754-9540
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