Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic Teachers' Academy

If you are a non-psychoanalyst who teaches psychoanalytic therapy or theory and would like help and support in becoming a more effective, engaged teacher, we invite you to apply for the American Psychoanalytic Association's Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic Teachers' Academy. Each year, the Teachers' Academy selects six teachers - two social workers, two psychiatrists and two psychologists - to participate in the program.

The next application cycle will begin in Spring 2018.

Teachers’ Academy Mission

The mission of the Teachers' Academy is to nurture and support non-psychoanalysts who teach psychoanalytic therapy or theory to medical students, psychiatric residents, social work trainees, psychology trainees or psychotherapy trainees.  The goal of the Psychoanalytic &  Psychodynamic Teachers' Academy is to help all teachers who participate to become more effective and engaged in the transmission of psychoanalytic ideas within training programs.

Benefits of Participation

Teachers who are selected for the Teachers' Academy will come to APsaA's National Meeting in New York and participate in a specially designed program including:
Teaching Scholar Certification
Selected teachers who complete the program will be awarded a certificate as an APsaA Teaching Scholar.
Participation in APsaA’s 2018 National Meeting
Selected teachers will attend sessions at APsaA's 2018 National Meeting in February.
Paid Travel Expenses to APsaA’s 2018 National Meeting
The Academy funds airfare and travel expenses, provides four nights hotel accomodations (beginning Wednesday night, February 14, 2018 and departing Sunday, February 18, 2018), and a per diem stipend toward food.
Each selected teacher will be assigned a teaching mentor.  After an initial in-person session at the National Meeting, teacher and mentor will meet once a month over the ensuing year.  Mentor meetings may be in person if location allows, or may be via telephone or video chat.  
Academy Program
The Academy program at the national meeting includes group discussions of each teacher's educational projects; numerous master classes with senior analyst educators; and social activities to foster collegiality amongst the teachers group, Teachers' Academy committee and mentors. 
Teachers who have participated in the Academy are invited to join a listserve for ongoing support from fellow teachers and from Academy mentors and committee members.


Please click on the following link for Eligibility and Application Information.

2018 Teachers

The Teachers' Academy's 2018 teachers are:
  • Joanna E. Bettmann Schaefer, Ph.D., M.S.W.
  • Rebecca S. Lundquist, M.D.
  • Natalie Peacock-Corral, M.S.W.
  • Gillian L. Sowden, M.D.
  • Courtney D. Stahl, Psy.D.
  • Sigal Zilcha-Mano, Ph.D.

More Information

For more information about the Teachers' Academy experience, click on this article from The American Psychoanalyst.