Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is Modern Psychoanalysis?
Modern Psychoanalysis emerged from the clinical research of Hyman Spotnitz, as a logical extension of Sigmund Freud’s approach. Freud contended that successful psychoanalytic treatment required a transference relationship developing between patient and therapist. Freud also believed that those who suffer from severe narcissistic disorders, such as schizophrenics, could not be helped by analysis because they were unable to develop a transference relationship or respond to interpretation. However, Spotnitz developed different techniques for treating even severely ill schizophrenic patients. These interventions helped patients develop a narcissistic transference that would lead to the formation of an object transference. Those special techniques became the basis of Modern Psychoanalysis.
How much do your courses cost?
Full semester 12-week courses cost $350. The cost of our mini-course workshops varies according to length.
Do you offer Continuing Education (CE) classes for NYS-licensed social workers?
Yes! The Center for Human Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers, #0023. We offer three ways for you to satisfy your continuing education needs:
- Semester Courses
- June Workshops
- Open House Events
Social workers, psychologists, counselors, and educators, who are interested in continuing education credits, can contact the administrative office via phone (212-642-6303) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Do you offer courses to maintain my CASAC credential?
All courses may be used to maintain the CASAC credential.
How long does the LP track take to complete?
Students can complete the program within four years. Each course (with the exception of C105) meets for 12 one hour-and-a half sessions. Upon completion of program requirements—32 courses; training analysis hours; supervisory hours; and the Final Paper and Presentation—students will receive a Certificate in Psychoanalysis and will be able to sit for the NYS licensing exam in Psychoanalysis to get their LP credential (licensed psychoanalyst).
Who can enroll in your NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst-Qualifying program?
At licensure-qualifying training institutes such as CHD, New York State enforces the following student admission criterion: “To be admitted to the [institute] program, the program shall require the student to have completed a master’s or higher degree program in any field registered by the NYS Education Department. This [conforms to] Part 52 of the Regulations, Section 52.35(b).” Students applying to the CHD Psychoanalytic Program, therefore, must have completed both baccalaureate and master’s degrees from accredited colleges and universities in order to be admitted to CHD.
Can I take classes without applying to your program?
Yes, you do not have to apply to take a class at CHD. But if you are going to continue you’ll need to fill out an application. This application will help us keep track of the classes you take.
Who can attend CHD?
CHD offers anyone the opportunity to learn and our students come from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Whether you are a mental health or business professional, CHD offers many options:
- NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst-qualifying program
- Continuing Education for licensed Social Workers
- Maintain CASAC credential
- Expand professional skills
- Personal growth and development
The Center for Human Development admits all students without regard for age, ethnic background, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.
How does Modern Psychoanalysis differ from Freudian Psychoanalysis?
Freudian psychoanalysts focus on the oedipal stage of development, and have primarily one intervention — interpretation. Modern psychoanalysts work at the preoedipal stage of development (birth to about 2 years) and seldom use interpretation. Modern psychoanalysts employ techniques developed by Hyman Spotnitz, MD., that help address difficulties in early life. Freudian and Modern psychoanalysis are similar in that both work with transference and resistance and both share the ultimate goal of resolving the patient’s transference resistance.