The two-year masters degree program is designed with flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to their previous experience and program requirements. Students take courses in theories of early development, history of psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic theory, research, and clinical studies. First year students participate in Group Experience in Modern Psychoanalysis throughout their first year. Clinical studies include the completion of a 400 hour fieldwork externship in a setting where psychosis and regressed mental states can be observed.
The program provides an understanding of how people develop and function, how they are motivated, and how they interact. Students from background as varied as art, business, medicine, law, education as well as those already in the mental health field have found their careers enhanced by an understanding of psychoanalysis.
Maturation: In the maturational sequence, courses examine normal and pathological development, and theories of regression and fixation. Students learn how repetition of various developmental phases is enacted in the transference. Neurophysiological sequences are related to emotional development.
Theory: Courses in the theory sequence provide a sound foundation in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic concepts.
History: This sequence traces the origins of psychoanalysis, its language, growth, and development. The courses consider the widening scope of psychoanalysis from Freud and his contemporaries through the present day psychoanalytic thinkers.
Research: The research curriculum introduces students to methodological issues and guides them through the formulation of questions of study, one of which become the basis for the Master's thesis paper.
Fieldwork Externship: Understanding psychosis is central to the curriculum of the NYGSP. A NYGSP student begins by stepping into the world of the deeply regressed hospitalized patient. By learning to be with these patients in a way that does not violate the patient's stimulus barrier, the student learns how psychotic defenses operate and how to read and respond to the patient's symbolic attempts at communication. This experience is fundamental to an understanding of the roots of human motivation.
The two-year program allows for flexibility so that students may proceed at a pace suited to their previous experience and program requirements. Students are required to take PT 184, three semesters of PT 185, three semesters PT 111, and to be in a 400 hours externship as part of the Fieldwork Program.
NYGSP is full accredited under the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.
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