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 2021-22

The determination has been made to start the 2021-22 academic year as Virtual Learning. The advanced training programs (PSA and PTY) will be Virtual through the first trimester. Prelude to Training, Graduate Society Events, and Fellowship will also be held virtually through the end of the calendar year.

Our ultimate goal is to return to in-person learning after this period. Except for the pilot virtual opportunities in the advanced training programs, we don’t anticipate offering having hybrid learning (mix of in person and virtual participant/instruction). There are of course exceptions, such as guest instructors joining by Zoom, or classes already scheduled and agreed upon in this format. The program chairs will continue to provide input regarding their programs, and all scenarios can be dealt with individually, to determine feasibility.

  • 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 $2,850, 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 $110 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 June 1.


    Application (.doc)

    Application (.pdf)


    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.

    Elizabeth Horwitz, 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.

  • Virtual Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    For academic year September 2020-May 2021:

    Due to precautions in response to COVID-19 at NYU Langone Health, all PANY events and training will be held via Zoom Videoconference until further notice. We anticipate this to continue through the end of the 2020-21 academic year.


    For academic year September 2021-May 2022:

    New and returning candidates/participants:

    - As vaccination availability and access continues to expand, we earnestly hope to offer in-person training and events for the Fall 2021 academic year. As an affiliate of NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Health, we are responsible for following the policies of our partnering health Institution. All of PANY’s activities are held at NYU Langone Health locations. Public health institutions are appropriately conservative regarding their policies, so we cannot guarantee that full capacity in-person activities at institutional locations will be possible by the start of the upcoming academic year. 

    - If in-person is not feasible at class/event locations, then class/events will be held by Zoom videoconference. If full capacity in-person is possible, then ALL candidates and participants will be expected to attend in person.


    New virtual pilot program for advanced training (psychoanalytic and psychotherapy program) applicants for Fall 2021:

    A pilot program has been approved for 1-2 virtual seats for those in remote locations, for advanced training for each program. These applicants would participate via Zoom videoconference with their in-person cohort class.    

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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