Required Program Elements



Each year we use three weekend conferences, scheduled in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, to focus in depth on topic areas chosen for their contemporary interest. The function of the conferences is to look critically at the emerging ideas in these developing areas, thus training the participants to become rigorous psychoanalytic thinkers. At each weekend, we are helped in this project by a faculty of local and national teachers who are expert in the relevant fields. Each conference is aimed at developing the students’ capacities as writers, using group meetings and brief writing assignments. Each weekend includes an interactive writing workshop event, led by an experienced writing instructor, in which the group as a whole collaborates on a writing task. A detailed description of the weekends appears in the following pages.

Weekends run from 9 am Friday morning to 12:30 pm Sunday afternoon, including one evening session. The format includes both large group lectures and discussions and small group meetings, the latter primarily focusing on the participants’ writing. Each weekend offers approximately eighteen hours of continuing education credit.


In addition to writing brief essays for each weekend, the participants are encouraged to take on larger writing projects. Some participants may opt to write books or substantial papers, others may want help in writing shorter essays or pieces for oral presentation, and yet others may choose to take the Program without a formal writing goal. Those participants who choose to undertake a writing project can be assisted in this endeavor by a writing consultant chosen from an international roster, which includes many leading contemporary theoreticians. Participant and consultant will develop their own format for working together, and they may collaborate in person or by phone, fax, mail or e-mail. A listing of the current roster of consultants appears on page 20.


An optional week-long summer retreat at a vacation site involves half-day sessions composed of a two-hour writing workshop and two-hour small group discussion of ongoing writing projects. The retreat has been held in the past in Stowe, Vermont and on Cape Cod. Because the format is designed to allow time for recreation, participants may wish to bring family or friends to the destination.

Students beginning the program in the fall of 2015 would be welcome to attend the summer retreat in August 2015. For further information about the retreat, please turn to page 15.

An optional four day intensive writing retreat which allows extensive time for writing, individual consultations with writers and psychoanalysts, and small discussion groups, will be held at the Tabard Inn in Washington, DC. See page 16 for more information.


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