The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) was founded in 1987 as an organization of psychoanalytic clinicians and scholars committed to a program that offers clinical training and a broad theoretical background. The IPSS faculty, in addition to offering traditional psychoanalytic courses, has particular expertise and interest in contemporary self psychology, intersubjective systems theory, infant research, and relational psychoanalysis. Our Institute provides clinical training and educational seminars in psychoanalysis through various courses of study.

The Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS) is committed to creating and fostering an environment that is welcoming, equitable, and inclusive of all members of our community and of prospective candidates seeking rigorous training in the practice of psychoanalysis.

IPSS regularly revises its curriculum to integrate contemporary perspectives on how differences in identities affect psychoanalytic education and practice. The Institute is dedicated to educating and developing a group of practitioners, scholars, and leaders that represents the rich diversity and scope of human experience.

IPSS is committed to offering financial aid to potential candidates who have met the criteria for admission and who have financial need. In addition, scholarships are available to qualified candidates who are members of historically underrepresented groups in the psychoanalytic profession, including candidates who are members of racial and/or ethnic minority groups, who are differently abled, or who are from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds. IPSS believes that our community and the profession benefit from these commitments.

Founding Faculty: George Atwood, PhD, Beatrice Beebe, PhD, Bernard Brandchaft, MD, James Fosshage, PhD, Frank Lachmann, PhD, and Robert Stolorow, PhD.
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IPSS has recently been approved by The New York State Education Department to offer Continuing Education Credits (CE’s) to social workers for selected classes and programs.
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Explorations at IPSS

A series of presentations and group discussions scheduled throughout the academic years.

Foundations of Psychoanalysis (ONLINE)

This program provides training for clinicians to deepen their psychotherapy practices using principles of psychoanalysis.

Four Year Program (HYBRID)

A comprehensive certificate program in Psychoanalysis.

Advanced Psychoanalytic Studies (ONLINE)

A one-year psychotherapy distance learning program, conducted live online via Zoom, for groups of clinicians located outside New York City.


2019 IPSS Graduates

2018/19 4-year Psychoanalytic Program Graduates

IPSS wishes to congratulate Michael C. Klein, Ph.D, Vanessa Grimm, LCSW, and Jenna Davino, LCSW our 2018/19 graduates of our 4-year Psychoanalytic Program. Psychoanalytic training is no easy task. It requires fortitude, and tremendous commitment. We tip our hats to our new graduates!


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