Specific Modality Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy


The Specific Modality Training (SMT) programme is a (minimum) four year training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It is designed to meet requirements for recognition as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

The SMT comprises:

  • a clinical Masters qualification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy (minimum two years duration) such as the UCD MSc in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, the Dublin Business School MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, or equivalent.
  • a post Masters period of practice and study to complete the minimum four year period.

In other words the SMT provides a post Masters period which recognises both the Masters period and the post Masters period as a continuous (minimum) four year period of training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The SMT ratifies as having been carried out for the duration of this (minimum) four year period:

  • a trainee’s continuous engagement in their own personal psychoanalysis / psychoanalytic psychotherapy
  • a trainee’s continuous engagement in individual psychoanalytic supervision of practice
  • a trainee’s continuous engagement in small group supervision of practice
  • a trainee’s submission of a clinical paper
  • a trainee’s successful completion of a final interview

For their psychoanalysis / psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalytic supervision trainees are required to work with recognized practitioners in the field of psychoanalysis.