Karen Horney Clinic Post-Degree Training Program with the AIP

This two-year program provides advanced training in theory and technique of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and the opportunity to see patients in the Karen Horney Clinic and gain hours toward licensure. At completion of the program graduates receive a certificate from the Karen Horney Clinic and the American Institute for Psychoanalysis


Courses are generally given on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. An additional Case Conference takes place Thursdays from 1:15 pm  to 2:15 pm.

First Year Courses

  • Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology
    This course provides an in depth review of the DSM 5 diagnoses and of the medications that address these disorders.
  • Introduction to Horney’s Theory of the Split and Conflicted Self
    This course covers early determinants of basic anxiety, the role of culture in shaping interpersonal strategies of safety and the development of pathological character structure.
  • Trauma
    This course addresses the definition and impact of trauma as well as how to identify and treat the symptoms related to trauma from a psychoanalytic perspective.

Second Year Courses

  • Further Elaborations of the Split and Conflicted Self
    This course provides detailed descriptions of pathological character structure that emerges out of the desperate need to create an idealized unified self-representation to cope with compulsive contradictory interpersonal trends that requires extensive externalization and leads to alienation from real self.

Clinical Experience

Therapists are required to have a minimum of twelve (12) sessions per week at the Karen Horney Clinic with opportunities to see more patients over time. These hours are paid on a fee per session basis and can be applied to licensure. Given the nature of our work and the emphasis on patient care a two-year commitment is required.


Therapists receive individual and group supervision in year one and year two. In the first year supervision is by the staff supervisors of the Karen Horney Clinic. In year two the supervision is by both staff supervisors of the Clinic and by psychoanalysts of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. The group supervisions are given on Wednesday.

Individual Psychotherapy

Therapists are strongly encouraged to be in individual dynamic psychotherapy

Requirements for Admission

Ph.D. or Psy.D in Psychology

Application Procedure

Applicants may apply by emailing a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae to Dr. Craig Fuller, Assistant Executive Director of the Karen Horney Clinic at cfuller@karenhorneyclinic.org.