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Advanced Psychotherapy Training

About the Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATPPP)

Advanced Training Program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ATPPP)

The ATPPP is a program of the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society (TPS) that is designed to help front-line mental health professionals apply the knowledge and clinical techniques from psychoanalysis to their work with patients and clients.

The ATPPP offers a two-year course of integrated seminars combined with case supervision by Psychoanalysts, and is based on a tri-partite model of didactic lectures, clinical supervision and personal psychotherapy.

The program is open to mental health professionals who have demonstrated knowledge, skill, and aptitude for psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Clinicians from the fields of Counseling, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work will be considered for admission.

In addition to an undergraduate university degree, all applicants must have an advanced degree and/or at least two years of clinical experience. In addition to the written application process, all applicants will be given clinical interviews by two senior clinicians associated with the program.

Psychoanalysis is an intensive form of investigation, theorizing, and psycho-therapeutic treatment requiring specialized education and training over many years. This approach to certain forms of mental illness and emotional and behavioural disorders was articulated and organized first by Freud and his followers. The evolution of its findings, theories, and techniques has continued to the present day, informing many contemporary schools of psychodynamic and other psychotherapies. Psychoanalytic psychotherapists are among the most highly trained practitioners in the field of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

The ATPPP is a two-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, with a new class starting every two years. It was inaugurated in 1991 and has graduated over seventy trainees from a wide variety of disciplines, including social workers, psychologists, family doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, lawyers, and clergy. During the rigorous training, trainees develop a sophisticated understanding of the clinical techniques and theoretical complexities of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and its application to a wide range of patient/client populations.

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