Research Psychoanalysis Candidates complete the core curriculum, with additional requirements as follows: Research Candidates must continue analysis for at least 300 hours, and must continue in supervision of three cases on the basis of one hour per month until graduation, with one case taken to termination under supervision. A field placement internship must be undertaken of no less than ten hours per week for at least ten months in a mental health facility approved by the Psychoanalytic Center of California. Research Candidates must be registered with the Division of Licensing, Medical Board of California, as Research Psychoanalyst Students.
Preparation for Clinical Work
- Before assuming any type of clinical work, Research Psychoanalyst Candidates are required to complete a course or tutorial on Ethics and the Law and obtain liability insurance.
- Before evaluation for and approval of their first analytic control case, Research Psychoanalyst Candidates are required to complete 150 hours of supervised psychotherapy experience in the PCC-approved clinical internship referred to above.
- A summer tutorial on Diagnostics will be completed between the first and second year of training if such a course is not already covered in the internship program.
- With the prior approval of the Candidate Progression Committee, private psychotherapy cases may be undertaken after completion of the clinical internship. Private psychotherapy patients must be supervised by PCC faculty members or other PCC-approved supervisors, one supervision hour for every four hours of patient contact, with supervisors reporting in writing to the Progression Committee every six months.