Analyzing and Supervising Candidates


This program is open to graduates of Columbia's adult psychoanalytic training program. Following the pilot phase, the program may be open to graduates of other institutes.

In order to participate, an analyst must:

  • have graduated from training three or more years prior to entering CAPE
  • currently be conducting two analyses, at least one of which was begun after graduation
  • provide Senior Supervisor Assessments completed by two Columbia supervisors, each showing an average rating of "meets expectations" on the Center's Senior Learning Objectives - or - obtain certification through the American Board of Psychoanalysis
  • have three or more years of experience in conducting psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision of mental health trainees, including one ongoing supervision
  • have experience teaching at the Center, a psychiatry residency, or a doctoral psychology program
  • be in good professional and ethical standing at the Center as demonstrated by a letter from the director

Course Components

This two-year training program combines three components: monthly seminars, monthly individual supervision, and monthly peer group supervision, all focused on developing the skills specific to those roles. 

Course Completion

After completing the program, participants will go on to assume the responsibilities of analyzing and supervising candidates. Program completion entails full participation in the seminars, full participation in the individual supervision, and full participation in the peer supervision group.

After course completion, all participants will have the opportunity and responsibility to continue to develop their own skills, especially in particularly challenging areas identified through program feedback. The Faculty Advancement Committee can arrange supervision and mentoring to enhance continuing self-study. Those who complete the seminar series may decide whether they wish to take on the functions of TSA (combined) or SA only.

In order to ensure a sufficient number of supervisors to meet the Center’s teaching needs, all those who wish to serve as training analysts must also supervise candidates. All will be expected to have two or three candidates in supervision at a time and to prepare and discuss written educational assessments with the candidates twice yearly.