Applicants for the Research Candidate program are not mental health professionals nor have they have been educated in the field of mental health. Rather, they must have received a doctorate or, alternatively, the highest degree in their field of study.
Potential candidates must have studied or have had a verifiable interest in psychoanalysis or psychoanalytical theory before seeking admission as a Research Candidate. For example, teaching psychoanalysis at a school, college or university or publishing a psychoanalytically informed paper in an academic journal. ICP will consider candidates strategically placed to carry psychoanalytic influence into the environment in which they work.
ICP offers two categories of Research Candidate: the Research Candidate (RC) and the Clinical Research Candidate (CRC):
- An applicant for Research training must meet the criteria for eligibility originally established by the APsaA and now accepted by ICP. This means that the candidate cannot be a mental health professional, nor can he/she have been educated in the field of mental health. Rather, he/she must have been educated in the humanities, broadly speaking, and received a doctorate, or, alternatively, the highest degree offered in the field of study. The potential candidate must have done some kind of work in the study of psychoanalytic theory, or have had some verifiable interest in psychoanalysis, before seeking admission as a Research Candidate. The potential candidate may have taught psychoanalysis at a school, college, or university. He/she might have published a psychoanalytically informed paper in an academic journal. He/she might be strategically placed to carry psychoanalytic influence into the environment in which he works or teaches.
- The potential candidate must meet the criteria for admission established by ICP for all of its potential candidates in training for psychoanalysis.
- If the applicant wishes to train as a Clinical Research Analyst, he/she must apply to be registered at the Board of Medical Assurance. If the applicant is interested only in didactic Research Analyst Training, there is no need for such registration.
- If the applicant wishes to train as a Clinical Research Analyst, he/she must have at least a year of supervised work in a clinical setting. This training can begin after the candidate is accepted and begins matriculation, but it must be completed before the individual can begin a Control Case.
- Once the Clinical Research Candidate has been accepted, has had the required year of supervised work in a clinical setting, and his been registered by the Board of Medical Assurance, his/her performance will be monitored in precisely the same way as any other candidate in training. What follows are ICP’S criteria for candidate evaluation.