Pre-Graduation Program

The Pre-Graduation Board Certification Program is a two-part certification program that begins during a psychoanalytic candidate’s training with Part I, and is completed after graduation from analytic training with Part II. Candidates currently in psychoanalytic training in either Adult or Child & Adolescent programs at eligible institutes may begin the process of Board Certification when their cases are well established.

The Pre-Graduation Certification program provides candidates with the opportunity to have their work in progress evaluated blindly by the Certification Committee. Part I consists of submitting two written case reports during training, with the option to have an interview. Part II, subsequent to graduation, consists of an interview where the applicant presents process material from a total of three cases with one of them being a terminated case. Candidate Members in good standing at approved institutes are eligible to apply.

Part I of the Pre-Graduation Certification process entails writing up a report of up to but not more than 20 double-spaced pages each on two patients who are in the middle phase of their analyses. They may both be of the same gender. However, if that is the case, the third case to be presented for Part II will need to be of the other gender and requires a complete write-up. The CEC has learned that the committee gets the fullest understanding of one’s analytic thinking if in addition to reading case reports they have an opportunity to discuss the applicant’s work with the applicant. As a result, we recommend but do not require an interview for Part I.

The cases for the middle phase write-ups should demonstrate the Core Competencies as outlined in Appendix C of the ABP Certification Committee’s Standards, Procedures and Guidelines. The Certification Committee is looking for the demonstration of these basic psychoanalytic competencies in the work (additional information included with the application). While these concepts are important to consider, demonstrating the aliveness of the encounter between analyst and patient is essential in order to communicate to the reader the analytic process taking place. What is often most useful for those who read cases is that they hear a story about what has occurred between the analytic dyad, while demonstrating an understanding of basic, core psychoanalytic ideas. This can be done in a variety of ways using one's personal style of writing while weaving in essential aspects of the psychoanalytic competencies.

If the case reports are favorably reviewed, the applicant will have passed Part I of the Certification process and upon graduating and having a patient who has gone through a termination experience may go on to Part II. If the Committee concludes that additional work needs to occur, the applicant will be continued. A mentor will be recommended to assist the applicant in rethinking and editing the write-up.

In order to make the Pre-Graduation Certification Program accessible and user-friendly it is recommended that you directly contact the Chair of the Certification Committee with any questions you may have. You may also contact the ABP office with questions concerning scheduling (702 875-2040; certification@abpsa.org)

Please refer to Appendix D of the Standards, Procedures and Guidelines for a more detailed description of the program including Part II.

Pre-Graduation Certification for Candidates in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training 

The Pre-Graduation Certification program is also available for those candidates in child/adolescent training. Similar to adult pre-graduation certification, two write-ups required for Part I with both reporting on cases that are in the middle phase of analytic work. The Part I reports can be of two patients of the same gender and in the same age group. If that is the case, for Part II both genders need to be represented as well as both a latency age child and an adolescent. Specifically, the latency child either begins treatment in latency, or begins in pre-latency and transitions into latency during treatment. The adolescent case should be of a treatment begun in some phase of adolescence. An adolescent is defined, for the purpose of certification, as someone in the second decade of life who is in a psychological phase of adolescence when treatment is begun. The full written reports should each be a maximum of 20 pages.

In order to make the new Pre-Graduation Certification Program accessible and user-friendly it is recommended that you directly contact the Chair of the Certification Committee with any questions you may have. You may also contact the ABP office with questions concerning scheduling (702 875-2040; certification@abpsa.org)

Click on this link Pre-Graduation Certification Program to download a more detailed description

Download the Application

The application packet includes due dates, the application, a check off list, clerical procedures, the case face sheet (to accompany each report), and information on the research collection.

Please also read the Standards, Procedures & Guidelines as well as the Confidentiality and Data Use Agreement prior to submitting your application.

Pre-Grad Application fees

A $200 application fee is required.

Pre-Grad Examination fees

PART  I is $250.  

PART II is $750