Comprehensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program

HamAva Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the collaboration of international prominent professors in psychoanalysis offers a three-year program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy based on the tripartite model in which academic coursework, supervised analytic cases, and personal analysis are interwoven to provide a rich and comprehensive training experience. The curriculum consists of main obligatory courses and optional complementary ones covering state-of-the-art theories in the field. This program has been specifically designed for psychologists who wish to become psychoanalytic psychotherapists. The admission of the applicants is done via interview and is based on academic background, clinical experience, knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and desire for learning. Each academic year in HamAva starts in October and is divided into two semesters- Fall-Winter and Spring-Summer.


A. Theoretical courses

The courses of this year focus on the fundamentals and basic elements of psychoanalytic psychotherapy and have been especially designed to provide a mental frame for the trainees in order to make them ready to learn the advanced topics in the following years. At the end of the first year, the trainees will be expected to have an introductory knowledge of the basic concepts in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, analytic attitude and methods of treatment.


Year one

B. Clinical Work

At the end of this year, the trainees will be able to begin practicing under supervision. At this stage, they will be expected to be able to evaluate patients, establish alliance and begin the treatment.


Year two

B. Clinical Work

At the end of this year, students are expected to apply what they have been taught in their clinical work under supervision. In addition, they should be able to form a basic psychoanalytic formulation of what is happening “here and now” between them and their patients.

Year three

A. Theoretical Courses

In this year advance courses on psychopathology, British Independent School, American object relations will be offered. In addition, in this year along with offering these theoretical courses to complete students’ theoretical knowledge we will review treatment techniques and have a comparative study of all the basic schools in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Year Three

B. Clinical Work

At the end of the third year, students are expected to give an oral presentation and a written report of the course of treatment with one of their patients, showing that they are able to understand the analytic process, design purposeful interventions, come to a psychoanalytic formulation and as a whole, their competence in doing psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

In order to meet the needs of students, our academic group is willing to add some interdisciplinary courses to the curriculum at request. These courses are specifically designed to complement the psychoanalytic knowledge of the students:
1. Psychoanalysis & Culture
2. Research in Psychoanalysis
3. Intersubjective Theory
4. Lacanian Theory
5. Philosophy & Psychoanalysis
6. Creative Writing & Psychoanalysis