Training in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis or Couple and Family Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is organized into two cycles, respectively lasting two years each, making a total of four years.
The first cycle is of a generalist nature and, therefore, over the course of two years, fundamental concepts are reviewed, originating either from Systemic Theories, the Study of Groups or Psychoanalytic Epistemology; specific authors and concepts of psychoanalytic theories and techniques relating to the family and the couple are studied. The trainee acquires knowledge of these contents by attending seminars, which constitute mandatory thematic modules. The second cycle is dedicated to deepening a central theme for each year, also developed in regular seminars.
The POIESIS training program aims to build a solid theoretical basis for sustained clinical practice. Training and Certification in Couple and Family Psychoanalysis or Couple and Family Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy includes three training components, which are linked to each other:
- Theoretical Seminars and Clinical Seminars
- Clinical Practice
- Supervision of Clinical Practice
1. Theoretical Seminars and Clinical Seminars
Theoretical and Clinical Training is developed over four years, for a total of 344 hours. They are distributed as follows:
– 200 hours of training in Theoretical Seminars;
– 84 hours of attendance at Clinical Seminars;
– 60 hours of Complementary Training: conferences, workshops, or other activities organized by Poiesis, by AIPCF (Association International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis) or by the EFPP (European Federation of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy).
2. Clinical Practice
It consists of systematic contact with clinical activity with couples and families, individually or in co-therapy.
POIESIS is not responsible for assigning clinical cases to candidate partners, this being the sole responsibility of the trainee.
Clinical cases of couples and families, from public institutions or private entities, are accepted.
3. Supervision of Clinical Practice
Clinical practice must be supervised, from the beginning of Training, by one (or more) supervisor(s) recognized by the POIESIS Scientific Committee. It should tend to have a weekly regularity, and may be individual and/or group.
The stay with a supervisor/supervision group will last for at least one academic year.
At the end of the training process, each trainee must have received supervision from at least two supervisors recognized by Poiesis.
25 hours of supervision must be carried out during the 1st year and 45 hours in each of the other years of training, totaling 160 hours.