|The Society provides two training
courses, one to qualify as psychoanalysts that meet the standards
of the International psychoanalytic Association, and the other,
to become psychoanalytic psychotherapists certified by the
Japanese Psychoanalytic Society. Actual training is done at
the Psychoanalytic Institute set up under the Education and
The objectives of the training course for psychoanalysts are
to endow enrollees with the knowledge and ability required for
clinical practices and the creative pursuit of psychoanalytic
studies, and to help them establish an identity as psychoanalysts
that comply with international standards. The course for psychoanalytic
psychotherapists is designed to provide them with the knowledge
and ability appropriate for studying and practicing psychoanalytic
psychotherapy and to help them establish an identity as psychoanalytic
Application and acceptance
Those wishing to undergo training to become either psychoanalysts or psychoanalytic psychotherapists must fulfill the following minimum requirements :
they have graduated from a university`s school of medicine or have completed
master`s degree program at a graduate school ,and have subsequently accumulated
five or more years of clinical experience.
To be accepted, they must first be interviewed by two psychoanalysts
officially approved by the Japanese Psychoanalytic Society.
Then, they must undergo examining analysis for one year by the
training analysts officially approved by the Society: psychoanalyst
candidates four times a week or more, and psychoanalytic psychotherapist
students once or twice a week or more. Only those judged to
have the necessary qualities for the training programs will
then be officially accepted and registered as psychoanalyst
candidates (hereinafter referred to as candidates) and psychoanalytic
psychotherapist students (hereinafter referred to as students)
after the approval of the Education and Training Committee.
The training courses consist of the following three programs.
1) Training analysis
Those registered are required to undergo personal analysis by
training analysts officially recognized by the Society: candidates,
four times a week or more, and students once a week or more.
Most of these sessions continue for more than two years and
not infrequently for more than five. The experience will contribute
to a smoother and flexible communication with the unconscious
of one's self and help cultivate the ability to face and continually
embrace the various mental realities that unfold in the unconscious.
Apart from technical knowledge, that ability is the most important
and fundamental quality required of psychoanalytic clinicians,
who offer their own minds to therapeutic activities.
Candidates and students will be required to receive and complete
at least two acceptable supervisions of psychoanalytic treatment
of adults during the training period. The proffered treatment
should be conducted at least four times a week in the case of
candidates and once a week in the case of students. Each supervision
should continue for at least two years with a frequency of supervisory
session of at least once a week during the first year.
Supervision should be conducted by supervisors officially recognized
by the Society.
Candidates and students are required to attend seminars on psychoanalytic
theories and techniques planned by the Education and Training
Qualifying for certification
Candidates and students who have completed the required training
shall submit documents and forms concerning their training and
studies, and apply for certification to the Selection Committee.
The report of the Education and Training Committee on training
performances will also be taken into account. Candidates who
have passed the examination by their papers and the interview
conducted by two committee members will be given qualification
as a psychoanalyst and registered as an associate member of
the Japanese Psychoanalytic Society and the International psychoanalytic
Association. Students who have passed similar examinations will
be certified as psychoanalytic psychotherapists by the Japanese
Associate members, after two years or more have elapsed since
the qualification, and when they have made noteworthy research
achievements, are recognized as having ample experience and
ability as a psychoanalyst, and are regarded to possess the
capacity as educator in the field, shall be registered as a
full member of the Japanese Psychoanalytic Society and the International