Advanced Degrees

Advanced Degree Programs and Course Of Instruction.


The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute is pleased to offers courses of study  leading to advanced degrees and certificates in Psychoanalysis.  Our degree offerings include:

Doctor of Psychology in Psychoanalysis (Psy.D.) *

Certificate in Psychoanalysis

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychoanalysis (Ph.D.)*

Research Psychoanalyst Registration

Doctor of Psychology in Psychoanalysis (Psy.D.)*
Certificate in Psychoanalysis

Our core program in psychoanalysis takes place over a minimum of five years through the threefold process long established in psychoanalysis: Didactic Seminars, Personal Psychoanalysis, and Supervised Clinical Work, resulting in Certification as a Psychoanalyst and the awarding of the Psy.D. degree.

Didactic Seminars involve core and elective topic and casework oriented seminars. The seminars expose candidates to a spectrum of theoretical perspectives providing a broad understanding of psychoanalytic history, current theory building and clinical application. Continuous case conferences offer the opportunity to integrate theory with technique, as candidates present case work within a group setting.

Personal Analysis is the cornerstone of analytic training, providing an experiential understanding of the value of the psychoanalytic process as it facilitates one’s professional and personal development.

Supervised Clinical Work offers the opportunity to apply psychoanalytic techniques in clinical work under the supervision of Senior training Analysts. Supervisors for those cases may be any qualified analyst who meets the Training Committee’s approval.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychoanalysis (Ph.D.)*

After the Certification and the Psy.D. is completed, the student may wish to continue on to earn their Ph.D. The requirements for this program include three additional didactic classes, selected dissertation research and writing, and the completion of an original scholarly doctoral dissertation.

Research Psychoanalyst Registration

The Newport Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the California State Medical Board of Medical Quality Assurance to register Research Psychoanalysts. Persons with Ph.D.s in fields related to Psychoanalysis ( Anthropology, History, Literature, etc.), who are not licensed to practice psychotherapy, can be trained in this category. Research candidates must have taught or done research.

A registered Research Psychoanalyst is an individual who has graduated from an approved psychoanalytic institution and is registered with the Medical Board of California. Research Psychoanalysts may engage in psychoanalysis as an adjunct to teaching, training or research. Additionally, students who are currently enrolled in an approved psychoanalytic institution and are registered with the Medical Board as a Student Research Psychoanalyst, may engage in psychoanalysis under supervision.

Adjunct Defined

A Research Psychoanalyst may engage in psychoanalysis as an adjunct to teaching, training or research. “Adjunct” means that the Research Psychoanalyst may not render psychoanalytic services on a fee-for-service basis for more than an average of one-third of his or her total professional time including time spent in practice, teaching, training or research. Such teaching, training or research shall be the primary activity of the Research Psychoanalyst. This primary activity may be demonstrated by

  1. A full-time faculty appointment at the University of California, a state university or college, or an accredited or approved educational institution as defined in Section 94310 (a) and (b), of the Education Code.
  2. Significant ongoing responsibility for teaching or training as demonstrated by the amount of time devoted to such teaching or training or the number of students trained; or
  3. A significant research effort demonstrated by publications in professional journals or publication of books.

Students and graduates are not entitled to state or imply that they are licensed to practice psychology, nor may they hold themselves out by any title or description of services incorporating the words: psychological, psychologist, psychology, psychometrists, psychometrics or psychometry.

For a copy of the laws and regulations related to Research Psychoanalysts proceed to the webpage listed below for the Business and Professions Code and the California Code of Regulations.

Verification of the current registration for Research Psychoanalysts may be obtained by selecting the webpage link below, or contacting the Medical Board’s Consumer Information Unit at (916) 263-2382.

For any other information related to Research Psychoanalysts, you may directly contact the Medical Board at:

Medical Board of California
Attn: Research Psychoanalyst Program
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1200
Sacramento, CA 95815
Telephone: (916) 263-2382

This webpage will provide a link to the application process:

This law was established and gave certain Institutes State approval to train research psychoanalysts. A person who is accepted as a Research Candidate with NPI must apply to the State for approval.

  • Graduates must persist in their primary profession and cannot work more then one-third of his or her time in psychoanalysis.
  • As a student, he or she must have at least one year clinical training – often at a clinic – seeing patients while working under supervision.
  • NPI cannot accept Research Candidates from other states unless they have complied with California State law.

Research Candidates can start classes at NPI and then apply to the state. He or she cannot begin supervised cases until approved by the state.

     *Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, the following will happen: 

  • The institution must stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.

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