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04 Oct Training at Access Institute

Dear Friends,

Access Institute’s dual missions—to provide psychological services to those who would not otherwise be able to afford them, and to provide training to the next generation of community-minded clinicians—are intricately interwoven. The 20 pre-doctoral and post-masters interns who train at Access Institute provide outstanding care to their patients and they, in turn, receive unparalleled training that will benefit them for the rest of their professional lives.

As graduation nears, we hear interns reflect upon their experiences at Access Institute and in those reflections, an awareness of how significantly they have changed over the course of their two year internship. They now feel ready to move into the world of professional psychology, secure with the foundation their training has provided and with the place they have found within the psychoanalytic tradition. Join us on June 26th as our new graduates speak meaningfully about their time at Access Institute

Access Institute’s service and training missions are mutually supportive in a myriad of ways. Most importantly, the training has a psychoanalytic foundation; this theoretical model helps interns learn to focus beyond their patients’ symptoms to deeper psychological structures and dynamics in order to facilitate fundamental and long-lasting change. The two-year training model also benefits both our interns and our patients because it allows for more in-depth treatments and more extensive training. Interns participate in an intensive, carefully-curated, developmental curriculum that teaches them the theoretical and technical foundations of psychotherapy. In addition, their individual supervision is designed to help them think deeply about their patients and to provide personalized clinical care.

Remarkably, each class and supervision hour is donated by senior clinicians in the Bay Area clinical community, representing more than 2000 hours of volunteer service every year and signifying the analytic community’s high regard for the training program and our intern – clinicians. It also gives our therapists a crucial introduction to key members of the professional community with whom they will continue to work and learn.

Our interns have the benefit of choosing a specialization. They can receive training in working with children in schools, older adults in community settings, performing diagnostic assessments, or managing telephone intake screenings and triage. Each of these tracks provides interns with specialized training in their areas of personal interest. This, in turn, links to our overarching goal to help each intern find their own voice within the psychoanalytic tradition. We select for diversity in our intern classes so that a variety of clinical and personal styles are represented in their conversations.

Finally, because the program is independent and not tied to government funding, we have flexibility regarding what and how we teach. Constant innovation helps us meet both intern and patient needs. For example, this training year we are introducing a pilot program to ensure that sociocultural factors are better integrated into every facet of our curriculum.

I hope to see you on the 26th when you will hear from our graduates directly about how their internship experience has had a profound effect on both their professional development and their lives.


Thank you,

Ruth Simon, Ph.D.

Director of Training


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