Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Studies


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The DPsa Degree.  This doctorate is specifically designed for the practicing masters-level clinician who has ‑‑‑ open-mindedly ‑‑‑ completed full psychoanalytic training at an institute affiliated with the International Psychoanalytic Association (IPA), the International Federation of Psychoanalytic Societies (IFPS), the World Association of Psychoanalysis (WAP), or the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP), and it will also be open to individuals who can demonstrate an equivalent training acquired without such affiliation. On the basis of their ongoing psychoanalytic practice, Candidates are required to take at least one Qualifying Tutorial or Seminar with one of the Institute’s Faculty.  The purpose of this learning experience is to ensure that the Candidate acquires ‑‑‑ open‑mindedly ‑‑‑ knowledge the broad range and diversity of depth or dynamic theories and practices about the functioning of the human condition.  The Candidate is expected to acknowledge that being narrowly focused on the particular lineage of her/his training may not be beneficial for her/his personal and professional growth, let alone for our understanding of the human condition.  Following this Qualifying experience of learning, the Candidate ‑‑‑ together with the guidance and mentoring of a member of the Institute’s Faculty ‑‑‑ completes a doctoral project, comprising of a singly‑authored, published paper in a journal recognized by

An example of the sort of Candidate who should come to the Parkmore Institute:  Mr. D is an accomplished clinician, who now practices psychoanalysis and has graduated a recognized psychoanalytic institute.  He is currently completing a series of seminars that will ensure his acquaintance with modes of psychoanalysis beyond the rather narrow tradition of his training.  He is also writing a paper on Donald Winnicott’s ideas in relation to the treatment of eating disorders.  When accepted for publication in a Pep‑Web journal, this paper will constitute his doctoral project.  He chose the Parkmore Institute because he wants to learn more and different ways of thinking about depth or dynamic issues, because he wants learning that is directly relevant to his clinical practice, because he does not want to have to leave his clinical practice and his home life in order to attend one of the very few universities that offers doctoral training in psychoanalysis, and because he knows that, with all his training and education, he is worthy of the title, “Doctor.”

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The Parkmore Institute's office is located in Wilmington, Delaware, USA.  However, it is currently expanding and welcomes applications from prospective students, as well as potential Faculty and Fellows, from all parts of the world.