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  • 06/14/2021 8:08 AM | Anonymous

    The June 2022 examination was held remote with 3 applicants in Adult Psychoanalysis of which 3 passed for a 100% pass rate, and 1 applicant for Child & Adolescent Psychoanalysis who passed for a 100% pass rate.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for passing the certification examination and becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis.

    Adult Certification

    • Linda Emanuel, MD, PhD – Chicago
    • Amanda Hutchison, M.D. – Denver
    • Adam Libow, M.D. - NYPSI

    Child & Adolescence Certification

    • Amanda Hutchison, M.D. – Denver


  • 02/26/2021 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    We have posted two tentative lists of new competencies regarding:  Sex/Gender and Race/Ethnicity which  were generously shared with ABPsa by The Psychoanalytic Association of New York, Affiliated with NYU and The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. While we haven’t yet established the specific competencies, we wanted to underscore that sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, and culture are core aspects of identity that shape the experience of the self and interactions with others. They are also accompanied by various attitudes, including potential conscious and implicit biases.

    For analysts, it means that we need to be aware of these aspects of our own identities and how they affect our view of ourselves and of our patients, especially if there are differences in these identities between patient and analyst. It also means that analysts need to be open to learning from their patients about how these various aspects of identity affect individual development and how they impact patients’ interactions with the interpersonal and social surround.


    Role of Race and Ethnicity

    In our society, we are all members of various races and ethnicities which, by definition, include affiliations with cultures, religions and nationalities. These complex concepts do not lend themselves easily to singular understandings, nor should patients or analysts be reduced to “competencies about the other.” We recognize, however, that it is necessary for analysts to be cognizant and reflective about the many facets of an individual’s identity (race and ethnicity being part, not the whole) which must be understood and accepted for effective clinical work. This begins with the analyst developing competency in understandings of the analyst’s cultural context and identity. It is not that the patient is different- it is that the patient and analyst are different from one another.

    Both analysts and patients are influenced by multiple systems within society and culture. Race and ethnicity function with and within class, gender, religion, language, et al. These influences exist within current and larger historical contexts that are significant aspects of patients’ and analysts’ psychic and social lives. Developing effective clinical knowledge and skills to consider and address the role of race and ethnicity is an on-going process that requires continuous commitment to learning about oneself and one’s patients. It is important to acknowledge that understandings and expressions of race and ethnicity, how they are presented individually and within groups and communities, are dynamic and ever-evolving.

    Competencies Relating to Race and Ethnicity

    1. Aware of contemporary psychoanalytic and psychosocial theories of race and   ethnicity and how experiences of power, privilege and oppression can be analytically considered within the psychoanalytic relationship.
    2. Able to learn from the patient about their self and interpersonal experiences as shaped by racial, cultural and social factors.
    3. Aware of, and able to reflect on, the meanings and impact of one’s own and the patient’s race and ethnicity, as both intra-psychic and social experiences that are also created by the dyad within the analytic space.
    4. Able to provide analysis while acknowledging conscious and unconscious racial and ethno-cultural biases in both analyst and patient, being open to recognizing and engaging them.
    5. Understand transference and countertransference experiences related to both members of the dyad’s racial, ethnic, cultural and religious identities and how these affect the analytic process.
    6. Consider the influences of race and ethnicity in identity development through the lifecycle and how these intersect with larger sociocultural contexts.


    Sex, gender, and sexual orientation competencies

    Contemporary culture and psychoanalytic theory are evolving and now include expanded understandings of variant expressions of both gender and sexuality. From this perspective, defining gender by anatomical sex no longer fully defines the complexity and particularity of gender experience and sexuality for many people that it was once presumed to, nor does it automatically define a distinct difference in individual psychologies.

     Competencies Relating to the Role of Sexuality and Gender

    1. Demonstrate clinically applicable understanding of contemporary psychoanalytic and psychosocial theories of gender and sexuality.
    2. Able to reflect on one’s own and the patient’s implicit and explicit attitudes and biases regarding gender, gender roles, gender identity and sexual orientation.
    3. Aware of and able to reflect upon the meanings and impacts of one’s own and of the patient’s gender and sexuality as intra-psychic and social experiences.
    4. Understand one’s own and the patient’s experience of the sex of their body.
    5. Understand transference and countertransference experiences relating to each member of the dyad’s gender and sexual identities and how these affect the analytic process.
    6. Consider developmental aspects of gender and sexuality through the lifecycle. The role of both traditional/binary and contemporary fluid models of gender and sexuality may both be considered.
    7. Demonstrate the capacity to think analytically about changes in gender and sexuality that may occur in the analysis.


  • 02/20/2021 2:08 PM | Anonymous

    The February 2021 examination was held remote with 4 applicants in Adult Psychoanalysis of which 2 passed for a 50% pass rate.  There were no applicants for the Child & Adolescent examination.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for passing the certification examination and becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis.

    Adult Certification

    • Hilli Dagony-Clark, Psy.D. – NYPSI
    • Anton Babushkin, PhD - Michigan
  • 06/22/2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    At the June 2020 Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to update the eligibility for applicants applying for the examination:

    Mental Health Education and Experience:

    Applicants must possess mental health training and related clinical experience and may demonstrate this in two ways: either

    1. the applicant must possess a post-graduate level degree in a mental health discipline, including related clinical experience, resulting in licensure or certification for the independent practice of a core mental care at the highest clinical level for that care; or

    2.  alternatively, demonstrating by reasonably satisfactory documentation their having obtained education, training and clinical experience that shows a solid foundation and practice experience in mental health care (including close supervision in individual cases), for example: psychotherapy experience; the ability to diagnose mental disorders; make differential diagnoses and biopsychosocial and psychodynamic formulations; develop individual treatment plans; and know how to use consultants or make referrals in areas outside his or her scope of practice. 

    For purposes of interpreting and applying this eligibility requirement, a license or certification solely to practice psychoanalysis shall not be deemed a licensure or certification in a core mental care discipline under clause (1). 

    An applicant with such a license or certification must separately and in addition meet the requirements either of clause (1) by possessing licensure or certification for the independent practice of a core mental health care discipline, or of clause (2) by demonstrating the described education, training and clinical experience.

    Psychoanalytic Education and Training:

    Applicants must either:

    • be graduates of Institutes accredited or approved as meeting the standards of AAPE, ACPEinc, IPA, or APsaA; (submit analytic certificate)  or
    • have successfully completed an integrated psychoanalytic training program meeting the following minimum criteria:

         A.   300 hours of in-depth training analysis, frequency of 3-5 times/week;

         B.   350 curriculum hours including course work in:

               i.   Psychoanalytic Treatment Situation and Technique; 
              ii.   Psychoanalytic Theory;
             iii.   Psychopathology;
             iv.   Development; and
             v.    Continuous Case Seminars and Clinical Conferences.

         C.  Two supervised analytic cases, each 3-5 times/week with a minimum of 200
                supervised hours but in any event over sufficient period of time to allow the
                applicant to have recognized, evaluated, and interpreted the dominant
                genetic factors and central conflicts, as well as to have allowed significant
                transference manifestations to have developed, be observed, understood and
                worked through and to have allowed for counter transference manifestations
                to be understood.

    Licensure & Ethics:

    • have an appropriate and current mental health-related license to practice in the jurisdiction in which the applicant is practicing or, if in a jurisdiction that does not require such licensure, to provide additional information
    • comply with ethical standards and professional conduct

    Analytic Experience:

      • submit written reports and be prepared to discuss at the interview cases that meet the following criteria:
      • patients of different genders
      • patients seen at a frequency of three to five times a week
      • at least one case must have a termination experience
      • be able and prepared to discuss a third patient who has been in a three to five times per week analysis
    • at least two of the three cases presented must be conducted substantially in person.
      It may be necessary that treatments be conducted remotely during quarantines, societal shutdowns or other periods when health or safety measures, such as social distancing, make in-person treatment not possible, and that the in-person requirement will be applied accordingly on a modified basis.

    • submit process notes for a minimum of three cases at the examination

    The reports of applicants for Child & Adolescent Certification, should include, in addition to above:

    • one case of a child in the latency phase of development
    • one case of an adolescent
    • a brief child report on a third child/adolescent patient (five pages) 


  • 06/17/2020 6:11 PM | Anonymous

    The June 2020 examination was held remote with 3 applicants in Adult Psychoanalysis of which 2 passed for a 66% pass rate and 1 applicants in Child & Adolescent of which 1 passed for a 100% pass rate.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for passing the certification examination and becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis.

    Adult Certification

    • Navah Kaplan, Ph.D. – NYPSI
    • Andrew Klafter, M.D. - Cincinnati

    Child & Adolescent Certification

    • Van DeGolia, M.D. – Los Angeles
  • 02/28/2020 8:31 AM | Anonymous

    At the February 2020 Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted to update the eligibility for applicants applying for the examination:

    • have an appropriate and current mental health-related license to practice in the jurisdiction in which the applicant is practicing or, if in a jurisdiction that does not require such licensure, to provide additional information  (updated)
    • at least two of the three cases presented must be conducted substantially in-person  (new)
  • 02/11/2020 7:35 AM | Anonymous

    The February 2020 examination was held in New York, NY with 7 applicants in Adult Psychoanalysis of which 5 passed for a 71% pass rate and 2 applicants in Child & Adolescent of which both passed for a 100% pass rate.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for passing the certification examination and becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis.

    Adult Certification

    • Nancy Bakalar, M.D. – International Institute Psychoanalytic Training / Denver
    • Jeanne Johnson, M.D. - Oregon
    • Joshua Loewenstein, Ph.D. - Pine / Boston
    • Lisa Price, M.D. - Boston
    • Elizabeth Wilson, M.D. – Western New England

    Child & Adolescent Certification

    • Stephanie Brandt, M.D. – New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute

    • Kevin Udis, Ph.D. – Denver

  • 06/20/2019 8:32 AM | Office ABPsa (Administrator)

    The June 2019 examination was held in San Diego, CA with 8 applicants in Adult Psychoanalysis of which 6 passed for a 75% pass rate.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for passing the certification examination and becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis.

    Adult Certification

    • Lynne Gillick, Ph.D. – Denver
    • Janet Noonan, LICSW – Boston
    • Matthew Shaw, PhD – Western New England
    • Malini Singh, PhD – PANY
    • Gail VanLangen, PhD - Michigan
    • Laura Whitman, MD – PANY
  • 02/05/2019 5:24 PM | Office ABPsa (Administrator)

    The February 2019 examination was held in New York, NY with 8 applicants in Adult or PreGrad part 2 Psychoanalysis of which 7 passed for a 87.5% pass rate, and 1 applicant in Child Psychoanalysis of which 1 passed for a 100% pass rate.

    We would like to congratulate the following individuals for passing the certification examination and becoming a Fellow of the American Board of Psychoanalysis.

    Adult Certification

    • Susan Chance, PhD - Emory
    • Sara Gardiner, MD - Oregon
    • Linda Gold, LMSW - Michigan
    • Kelly Hill, MD – Cincinnati
    • Jill Ragozzino McElligott, LCSW - Philadelphia
    • Stefanie Speanburg, LCSW, PhD - Emory

    Child & Adolescent Certification

    • Anthony Bram, PhD – Boston
  • 10/12/2018 8:06 AM | Office ABPsa (Administrator)

    The American Board of Psychoanalysis is pleased to welcome Dr. Leslie Jordan, who will assume the role of Chair of the Research and Development Committee in February 2019. Dr. Jordan is a psychoanalyst and educator at the Denver Institute who has an abiding interest in research.  She was a research fellow at the IPA Research Training Program in London taught by analyst-researchers from around the world. She has been involved in the evaluation of learning for many years (see Jordan, L & Emde, R (2006) "How do we Evaluate Learning from the Curriculum?" JAPA 54:231-249). She is currently Chair of the Research Committee at the Denver Institute and co-directs the Colloquium Project for evaluation of learning.

    The ABPsa wishes to express its deep appreciation to Dr. Sydney Anderson for her valuable contribution as Chair of RDC since 2015.

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