The features of psychoanalytic education

Psychoanalysis is a comprehensive training which includes theoretical psychoanalytic education, psychoanalytic training (personal analysis), and supervisory support for the beginning of practical psychotherapeutic activity.

Such training is always based on existing experience, on the fact that one has already got higher education.

Psychoanalysis is not a university profession, not a profession that can be taught on the basis of objective knowledge given in advance and transmitted in stable concepts and definitions. There is no way for a future psychoanalyst to simply learn the concepts and their definitions, as it happens when transferring knowledge within any classical university discipline.

As a result of special training, one gets the ideas which enable him/her to deal with this or that situation. Special training gives you the opportunity to be ready for any occurrence. And here we are faced with the first impossibility, because occurrence is, by definition, occurrence so as to be unpredictable, unforeseen, a priori impossible.

And yet, how does a psychoanalyst get his knowledge? One of Freud’s key formulas in this regard is that psychoanalysis cannot be taught, it can only be experienced. One can’t learn it; one experiences it within his/her personal analysis.

The psychoanalyst can work thanks to a special ethical position, drawing on professional principles. That’s what enables him to use knowledge, allows him to turn to the subjective world of the other person. Not only knowledge of theory, but also ethical position training is an important part of psychoanalytic education.

How to become a psychoanalyst?

And yet, psychoanalysis is a profession, if impossible. Paradoxically, Freud asserts psychoanalysis as a profession, pointing to its impossibility as such. Psychoanalysis is just about unconsciously possible profession, because there is no particle “not” in the unconscious. In the logic of withdrawing negation, the impossible is possible. However, it is not in the conventional sense of this very “possibility”.

To become a psychoanalyst, three basic conditions must be met:

1. In-depth study of theory (texts by S. Freud and his followers).

2. Learning about yourself through personal analysis.

3. Supervising your practice

Psychoanalyst’s Formation

According to the world traditionally developed system concerning specialists’ training in the field of psychoanalysis, within the UAP professional training of specialists includes theoretical education and professional psychoanalytic training which consists of training analysis and actually psychoanalytically focused practice under the supervisor’s regular control (in accordance with Paragraph A.1. of the Regulations for Training analysis of the UAP).

It should be emphasized that training analysis is the main component and the integral part of the professional training of specialists in the field of psychoanalysis (in accordance with Paragraph A.2. of the Regulations for Training analysis of the UAP).

Having complied with the criterion of the National standard of training analysis or when still continuing the analysis and completing at least 50% (in accordance with Paragraph C.7.2. of the Regulations for Training analysis of the UAP), being a member of the UAP, a candidate can start his/her own psychoanalytically oriented practice subject to constant supervision (in accordance with Paragraph C.1. of the Regulations for Training analysis of the UAP).

The candidate, who has started his/her own psychoanalytically oriented practice, receives the status of a trainee within the framework of the UAP (in accordance with Paragraph C.3. of the Regulations for Training analysis of the UAP).

There is a Consulting center at the Institute, where both qualified specialists and IIDP graduates starting their psychoanalytically oriented practice provide psychological assistance to the population.

Who can become a psychoanalyst?
How to enter the Institute?

Advanced training in Practical Psychology, specialization “Psychoanalysis” for specialists from different branches is carried out twice a year.

The total period of training is 2.5 years.

The program covers 2,100 academic hours.

Forms of organizing the educational process:


  • day-time education (from 10:30 to 13:45)
  • evening-time education (from 18:30 to 21:45)
  • block form of education (three days once a month, including the weekends, from 10:00 to 20:00)

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