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Training Programme

The training courses are held in the Dutch language only.

NPAG trains the profession of psychoanalyst for adults, although the possibility also exists for training as a child analyst. The training consists of three parts:
- the personal (training) analysis,
- the training-course,
- the (control) analyses under supervision.

The training analysis

Applicants start their training analysis with a NPAG training analyst when they have been accepted for training and he/sheb vedecides to start training. Training analysts are specified in the Membership List. The training analysis should be financed throughi the candidates own funds. If candidates have already started their analysis at this point the analysis can be continued as analysis for training under specific conditions. The training analysis holds a central place in the training because the emotional developmental process is, besides the theoretical learning process of foremost importance. Candidates need to be still in analysis when they start undertaking analysis themselves to profit from the chance to learn about their experience of working with their patients especially where transference and counter transference are concerned.

The course

The training courses are held in the Dutch language only.

Total duration of the course is five years. Clinical application is central. Much attention is given to the initiation of analyses with non analytic patients in own private practice or in a different work setting. During the entire course a practice seminar will be run. Much emphasis is put on knowledge of infantile development and on the analysis of children. Child analytic training is fully integrated into the course for adult analysis. Analysts working with adults profit from knowledge of the theory and familiarity with the practice of child analysis.

The course organization aims at scheduling full semester blocks with one teacher. Teachers are expected to be analysts in full active analytical practice, having ample experience in doing analysis transmitting motivation and enthusiasm for analysis besides teaching specific expertise.

Each semester block consists of both classical and modern literature. The student groups are homogeneous in objective: all want to be analysts, in their ways of experiencing: all are in analysis, and in interest: more focused at deepening of understanding, the why of things( the practical ‘how-to-do-it’). One can find the course programme by clicking here.

Starting to analyse under supervision

Candidates can start doing analysis under supervision starting in the second year of the course.

Student progress in the course, the clinical seminars and the supervised analyses are discussed with the candidate at least once a year. A starting point for these progress assessment is the written evaluations of course teachers and supervisors. These evaluations follow transparent criteria as much as possible.

Three analyses are required for membership, one of which can be a child-analysis. Termination of one analytic case under supervision is required, which eventually after having become a member. When the training progresses well a candidate can become a member after six years. Candidates conclude thei training by giving case-presentation and discussion on one of thei analyses at a scientific meeting of the NPAG. The candidate should be doing at least two analyses at the time of graduation to membership.

The (tax-deductible) training-tuition amounts to approximately € 1200,-- a year not including the fees for the training analysis and those for supervisions. The (reduced) NPAG-candidate membership dues amount to € 150,-- per year

The present text on training is a summary and meant as an introduction. For the full text click on Training Regulations.