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Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research

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The Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research was founded in 1945. It is part of the Department of Psychiatry of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. It offers training in adult and child psychoanalysis, adult and child psychotherapy and parent-infant psychotherapy. Training is open to licensed psychiatrists and clinical psychologists. The Center also offers low-cost psychoanalysis to people in New York. Additional information is available on the Center's website at

Faculty members include psychiatrists and psychologists who specialize in American object relations theory, ego psychology, self psychology, Kleinian theory, attachment theory and neuropsychoanalysis. Several current or former members of its faculty are well known within psychoanalysis and psychiatry, including Fredric Busch, Susan Coates, Arnold Cooper, Norman Doidge, Robert Glick, Richard Isay, Otto Kernberg, Roger MacKinnon, Robert Michels, Robert Pollack, Sandor Rado, Abram Kardiner, Roy Schafer, Daniel Schechter, Theodore Shapiro, Robert Spitzer, Eve Caligor, Deborah Cabaniss, Beatrice Beebe, and Daniel Stern, Didier Anzieu.

The center's trainees are a mix of clinical psychologists and psychiatrists. The curriculum averages 5 years and generally begins after the candidate has completed all other training (e.g., a psychiatry residency for physicians and clinical internships for psychologists). Candidates attend classes, conduct analyses, obtain supervision, and undergo their own analysis.

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