PSP and Candidate applications are processed throughout the year and offers of admission are made on a rolling basis until the class is full. If you wish to enter the Fall 2017 class your application must be received by June 30. After June 30 please contact Linda Kolodner, MSW at (202) 302-7082 to discuss possible options.

The Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP)


The Psychoanalytic Studies Program is a two-year program of The Washington Center for Psychoanalysis. By creatively combining three formerly separate programs of the Center -- Psychoanalytic Training, Psychotherapy Training and the Scholars Program -- we believe we have created a psychoanalytic educational experience for the twenty-first century. The PSP brings to life the mission of the Center, which is to create a community of psychoanalytic clinicians, scholars and others interested in psychoanalysis as a treatment modality, as a theory of mind and as a tool for psychoanalytic research.

SEE OUR NEW VIDEO: An Introduction to the Psychoanalytic Studies Program (PSP)

Program Features:

  • PSP is a two-year program of three classes one evening a week. Our new curriculum is a creative and in depth exploration organized around essential concepts in psychoanalysis that can be understood from multiple perspectives. The program consists of three elements:

    • Didactic education in psychoanalytic theory of the mind and its application to the clinical situation

    • Ongoing continuing case conferences for both psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis

    • Facilitating the student’s capacity for deepening self awareness

      • Mother/infant observation program

      • Individual supervision

      • Personal psychotherapy or psychoanalysis

  • Psychoanalytic scholars will be available locally and nationally to work with students with scholarly interests.

  • For individuals interested in becoming clinical psychoanalysts, PSP will be credited as the first two years of the four and a half didactic years of psychoanalytic training.

  • Thirty weeks of classes per year, held from 4:00 to 8:15pm on Tuesdays

  • Program can be taken full or part-time

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions about PSP

PSP curriculum can be found HERE

For more information about the PSP and all the Center's programs, please call 202-237-1854 or email