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Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute Application Instructions

We will be accepting applications for the class of September 2014 during the period from September 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014. Download our PDF application.

For questions about the application, or more information about our programs, please contact:

Completed Applications include TWO COPIES of the completed forms, a Curriculum Vitae and a check for $25.00 payable to the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute.  Please submit to:

Ms. Rose Jordan, Administrator
Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute
Tufts House, Suite 302
Ridgewood Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404.727.5886
Fax: 404.727.0508
Email: rjordan@emory.edu

This application is for all applicants to the Institute:

  • Core Program: You would like to begin by enrolling in the core curriculum
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program: You would like to enroll in the core curriculum and begin the track to conduct therapy cases supervised by the Emory Institute faculty
  • Clinical Psychoanalytic Program: You would like to enroll in the core curriculum and begin the track to conduct psychoanalytic cases supervised by Emory Institute faculty

Applicants to the Core Program:

Applicants to this program have a serious interest in the study of psychoanalysis and they hold a doctoral or other professional degree or are enrolled in a doctoral or other professional degree program. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis regarding these educational prerequisites. Each applicant will be interviewed by two members of the Candidate Selection Committee. The interviews will focus on matters of interest, scholarly achievement, motivation for study and capacity to participate fully in classroom work.

Letters of reference: Please see below. Letters similar to those for Clinical Psychoanalytic Program are desirable.

Applicants to the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program:

Applicants to this program must be licensed in a clinical discipline (social work, psychology, psychiatry, counseling and others). Each applicant to the PPP will be interviewed by two members of the Candidate Selection Committee. In addition to the interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, scholarly achievement, motivation for study and capacity to participate fully in classroom work, the interviews will include an assessment of suitability for this level of clinical work. An experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an expectation for candidates in this program.

Letters of reference: Please see below. Letters similar to those for the Clinical Psychoanalytic Program are desirable.

Applicants to the Clinical Psychoanalytic Program:

Applicants to this program must be:

  1. Licensed physicians in a psychiatric residency or graduated from psychiatric residency;
  2. Licensed clinical psychologists with a PhD or PsyD degree;
  3. Mental health professionals who have graduated from an accredited mental health degree program with a clinical master’s degree.  This degree must be generally recognized as the highest degree within the specific mental health profession. In addition, these individuals must have completed two years of post-degree didactic seminars and two years of weekly clinical supervision approved by the Institute.

OR

  1. Physicians with specialties outside of mental health; or mental health clinicians who do not meet criteria for post-graduate study or clinical immersion.
  2. Scientists, academics, scholars, administrators and others for whom psychoanalysis is a relevant discipline as an enhancement of their primary field. Applicants may also be individuals who have distinguished themselves in their field or post-masters degree students with outstanding potential.

Each applicant to the Clinical Psychoanalytic Program will be interviewed by three members of the Candidate Selection Committee. Each interviewer may ask the applicant for one or more interviews. As above, the interviews will focus on matters of interest, scholarly achievement, motivation for study and the capacity to participate fully in classroom work. In addition, these interviews will include an assessment of suitability for clinical work and an exploration of the applicant’s life history in some depth, including one’s emotional life and attachments.  For those accepted to the Clinical Psychoanalytic Program falling in category (D) or in category (E), the Emory Institute will be required to apply to the American Psychoanalytic Association for a waiver.

References

  1. We will write to the individuals you list as references to obtain a total of three letters.  Release of information forms are included for you to sign.  The name of the person you list first should be in a position to give an overall evaluation of your work in that institution from access to composite records. Examples include:
    • The Dean of the Medical School; Chair of the Department or Director of Graduate Studies where your graduate degree was or is being obtained.
    • The Director of Internships.
    • The Director of Residency or of Post-doctoral Fellowships.

    Choose two additional individuals who know you personally and know your work well. If you are applying for the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program or the Clinical Psychoanalytic Program, at least one of these letters should be written by someone familiar with your recent clinical work.

  2. We will never ask you for a release to contact your personal psychoanalyst or psychotherapist for any reason.  However, during your interviews, we do routinely ask you to tell us about your experience(s) in treatment.
  3. Once we receive your letters of reference (this often takes up to two months), we will contact you to set up your interviews with the Candidate SelectionCommittee. Sometimes the applicant or the committee may prefer to begin with a preliminary informal meeting. One member of the committee will be available to discuss questions you may have about the selection process or about the Institute’s programs or to clarify any questions we may have about your application.