The Vermont Psychoanalytic Study Group Training Program in Psychoanalysis follows the tripartite model of the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA). The three parts of training include a personal training analysis with an IPA approved training analyst, four years of seminars, and completion of three supervised control cases (one at one year duration and two at two years duration, at a minimum frequency of four times per week). Supervision must be at a frequency of once per week for a minimum of 40 weeks per year.
Applicants to the program must be in psychoanalysis at the time of submitting an application or seek a waiver from the VPSG Training Committee. The training analysis, at a minimum frequency of four times per week, should commence with admission to the program. Each candidate is required to complete a minimum of 480 hours of personal training analysis at a minimum frequency of four times per week and/or throughout the duration of their control case requirements, whichever is longer. This is a minimum requirement and most candidates consider the personal analysis the core of their training experience and determine the optimal length of treatment, together with their analyst. The personal training analyst reports to the training committee only on the number and frequency of sessions. All other information is confidential.
Information regarding seminars can be found on the seminar and teaching philosophy pages.
Each candidate is required to complete three supervised control cases, one case will be one year at a minimum of 160 sessions and two cases each for two years and 320 hours total per case. Control cases must be seen at a minimum frequency of four times per week. Supervision must be at a frequency of once per week per case at a minimum of 40 weeks per year. Supervision must be by an IPA Training Analyst, approved by the VPSG Training Committee. It is recommended, but not required for graduation, that one case be kept in supervision until termination of the case. All candidates will be required to be in supervision for each case until graduation, the frequency of which will be determined by the individual supervisor in consultation with the Training Committee.