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Adult Students



The Indian Psychoanalytical Society (IPS) (Mumbai Chapter) runs the following courses and training:


  • The Adult Clinical Training Program

  • The Child Psychotherapy Clinical Training Program. 

  • A two year Pre-clinical course - Psychoanalytic Observation Studies.  The modules in this program prepare candidates for the Clinical Training programs.


IPS (Mumbai Chapter) also offers a number of short term and modular courses apart from the clinical training programs.



A psychoanalyst is trained to listen very closely and try to understand what the person is thinking, feeling and experiencing. Those coming for analysis are there because they cannot quite understand why they are suffering. Even if they do understand, they may feel stuck or unable to do anything about it. The analyst's attempt to understand is, in itself felt to be a huge relief, but this is not all that the psychoanalyst does. The treatment seeks to help people to better understand what they are going through, how to think about their own situation and to make better choices for themselves.




This two year course is a prerequisite for those intending to enter either of the two Clinical Training programs. 

It aims to deepen understanding of human development and emotional growth. It is designed to bridge the gap between psychoanalytical concepts of maturation and the newer perspectives in child development arising from developmental psychology.

The course is also intended for a wide range of professionals including paediatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and teachers.It does not, on its own, equip a student to practice psychotherapy.


  Work Discussion Seminars: These seminars aim to enable the trainee to apply observational skills and theoretical concepts that are gained from the course to their current work situation/s. Trainees can bring accounts of their existing work from a variety of work settings. Students are required to work for a minimum of 9 hours a week at their place of work.

  • Infant Observation Seminars: Trainees are required to undertake weekly observations of a baby and mother together in their family setting, and to record their observations of each session for discussion in a seminar held once a week. At the end of the observations, students are expected to write a paper on their experiences.

  • Young Child Observation Seminars: Trainees are required to undertake weekly observations of a young pre-school child in a family setting, and to record their observations for discussion in a seminar held once a week. At the end of the observations students are expected to write a paper on their experience.

  • Psychoanalytical Theory Seminars: These seminars explore the development of Psychoanalytical theory from the early beginnings with the work of Freud, to the later ideas of Melanie Klein and beyond.

  • Child Development Seminars: The Seminar explores reviews of the historical, cross-cultural and sub-cultural perspectives in the field of Child Development and also prenatal and postnatal development, parent – infant bonding and recent research in child development on perceptual and cognitive development. Students attend and participate in 18 seminars throughout the year.

  • Personality Development: This is an optional module offering 15 seminars a year providing a brief of psychoanalytic development from pre-birth to old age with various references made from psychoanalytical literature and case studies. It is not a prescribed reading seminar for any of the courses.



This Clinical Training course starts after completion of the pre- clinical course PSYCHOANALYTIC OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES. 


Candidates are trained to provide psychoanalytic psychotherapy to children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties. The aim is to be in touch with the child’s view of the situation and to provide an intensive therapeutic relationship that is important to children who have experienced long periods of emotional distress or abuse.


Experience of actual clinical work forms the central part of the training.

Candidates now begin to work with children, adolescents and parents in clinical settings.They will attend a number of group clinical seminars, advanced theory reading seminars and have individual supervision sessions along with their own training analysis. Individual progress advisors help support the training.


To qualify as a child psychotherapist, candidates must complete 3 training cases with patients. Training cases must be seen a minimum of 3 times a week. 

1.One child between 2.5 - 5 years old

2. One latency age child

3. One adolescent.


Two of these cases must be seen for at least two years and one for one year.

A paper on any one of the cases is required.



Candidates who successfully complete the Adult Clinical training gain membership to the Indian Psychoanalytical Society (IPS), and the International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA).

Students are required to complete the Freud and Klein theory seminars and a year of the Infant Observation seminar  before they can begin the Adult Clinical Training.


Students will gradually begin to work with adults in clinical settings when they are sufficiently ready to do so.

Clinical and theory seminars as well as individual supervision sessions support their clinical work.


Candidates must see two training cases at least 4 times a week for at least two years for one case, and at least 18months for the other. They must present 1 paper on either of the cases.

Click here to view Adult Training Prospectus



Due to the pandemic, some slight adjustments will be made to the prospectus of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society, Bombay.

  • After your application is submitted, there will be 2 online interviews for acceptance to the training.

  • Post acceptance, you will start training immediately, which will be conducted online until further notice.

First Year:

  • The first year will be your personal analysis, minimum of 4 times a week.

  • This will help you become aware of your own difficulties and problems so that you don't mix them up with the patients you begin treating. In the intensity of the clinical situation you need to be aware of what belongs to the patient and keep apart what belongs to you.  Your analysis is completely private to you.

  • Weekly seminars on Freud, his early and later works, will also begin in the first year, currently being conducted online.

  • There will also be fortnightly observation seminars online, of theoretical papers, along with past students' experiences with their observations.


Second Year:

  • The Second year will comprise of actual in-person visits, where you discuss your real experience.

  • The Second year will also include weekly seminars of Melanie Klein who contributed further to Freud's work.

  • At the end of the second year, you will need to write a paper on your baby observation experience, between 4000 to 6000 words. This has to be passed before you take on your treatment of patients starting from the third year. 

Third Year:

  • In the third year, you can start 2 training cases, each minimum 4 times weekly under 2 separate weekly supervisions.

  • You will be expected to treat 1 patient for 2 years and the other for 18 months.

  • You will remunerated Rs. 500/- for each session with these patients.

  • This third year will also include advanced theory and clinical seminars twice weekly.


After the 4th & 5th year of ongoing work, following the prospectus, this course should officially be over.

  • The fees for each module will be Rs. 15,000/- per year. If there are financial difficulties, some aid is possible, after the 2nd year of the course.

  • Each Candidate will have a Progress Advisor, the link between candidate and Training Committee.

For any other information, feel free to contact our administrative staff, and we will be happy to assist you.




Students intending to apply for either the CHILD or ADULT CLINICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS are advised to discuss their potential suitability with their progress advisor as early as possible.

Applicants must fill in the form  after which they will have two interviews with different  members of the Training Committee.

They are required to be in 4-5 times a week personal analysis with a Training Analyst of the IPS. 

They must be in their analysis for at least a year before they can be considered as registered candidates with the IPS.

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