Frequently Asked Questions

For whom is this training program in Psychoanalysis intended?

This training program is intended for those who have already become qualified to work psychotherapeutically (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychological associates, registered psychotherapists) and psychoanalysts trained at other institutes who wish to continue, deepen, and expand their psychoanalytic development. For this reason, it would not be necessary or appropriate to have this more advanced program recognized by the CRPO as providing a basic introduction to working therapeutically with patients.

Does the Program provide clinical training?

YES, a central component of this Program are the three clinical training cases, with a total requirement of 160 hours of supervision. In addition, the classroom curriculum includes ongoing continuous case seminars where clinical case material is presented, discussed and explored. Required attendance at the three annual weekend workshops with visiting faculty will also provide additional background for ongoing casework.

What are the eligibility requirements for admission?

Applicants should possess an advanced degree and current licensure in psychology, psychiatry, social work or psychotherapy, as well as experience in clinical work with patients who manifest a broad range of psychological disorders.

What option exists for an Academic participant in this Program?

Admission will be considered for exceptional candidates who do not wish to pursue any clinical work but want to deepen their understanding of psychoanalysis as it relates to their academic pursuits. The in-class curriculum is the same as the curriculum for the clinical candidates.

Can I participate by videoconference?

YES. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all academic courses at TICP are being delivered via videoconference. A hybrid delivery model will continue for this program even after in-person learning resumes. Distance learners from across Canada are welcomed.

How many candidates are accepted to this program each year?

TICP values an intimate seminar size classroom experience and therefore would not likely accept more than 15 candidates for the 2022 intake.

What is the expected workload in this program?

The Program syllabus provides all required preparatory readings for the academic seminars well in advance. The usual weekly reading load is between 80 – 100 pages. Completion of three training cases is also required, with reports submitted twice per year for all ongoing cases. Lastly, a Scholarly Paper is required; guidelines for writing the paper are available in the program handbook, discussed in the seminars, and guidance is available from faculty and your assigned mentor.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

Currently we know of no financial bursaries and OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) funding is not available. Payment for yearly tuition is accepted in 2 installments. A personal payment plan can be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Are there other candidate experiences available?

YES, All Program candidates are welcome to attend the TICP’s monthly scientific meetings and other Society events and study groups. Candidates are required to attend the three annual weekend workshops as part of the curriculum.

What is the admission process?

All applications are reviewed by the admission committee, and each applicant will have at least two admission interviews, which are held by videoconference or phone at a mutually convenient time between the interviewer and the applicant. Notification of acceptance will be sent in June; confirmation of acceptance and program deposit is required to confirm your space in the program.

What is the work/life balance required?

The yearly program syllabus is provided well in advance with a list of all required readings and preparatory items for all academic classes. Continuous Case seminars can also be planned out well in advance. Clinical casework progresses at a candidate’s own pace. We have found that candidates are well able to balance work, home life and the training program. We also encourage all candidates to communicate regularly with our Candidate Progress Committee (CPC) to address any concerns that may arise in completing either academic or training case work, and will work for individual solutions as needed on a case-by-case basis.