The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute Training Program

Frequently Asked Questions

What does The WTCI offer?
The WTCI is a unique institute offering the only feminist postgraduate psychotherapy training program in the country. We have developed a theoretical guideline for practice informed by our commitment to social justice, with a deep understanding of how the personal is political and how that enters the consultation room.

During the Training Program, you will learn to do depth psychotherapy, understanding human suffering from an intersubjective perspective, including how social, economic, political, gendered, racial and symbolic realities always affect psychic structure and are written on our body/selves.

Who is eligible for the program?
Applicants must be licensed Masters or Doctoral-level mental health professionals (or license eligible, under supervision). Applicants are required to be in their own psychodynamically-oriented treatment for the duration of the training program.

What is the time commitment?
Classes meet once a week on Thursday evenings beginning in September, 2019. There are 30 sessions in each academic year for a total of 60 class sessions. There are reading assignments for each class. You are also required to meet individually with an educational consultant (paired with you by the Institute.) You will meet a total of 40 times with your educational consultation for 45 minutes each. Students will present a final project/presentation in order to graduate. Students may focus their educational consultant meetings in one of two ways: via a clinical track or an applied track. If you would like to pursue the clinical track, you are required to be working clinically with individuals or groups in a private practice or agency setting. The Institute does not provide cases. If you wish to pursue the applied track, you will identify and develop a project to work on over the course of your studies. This could be a research project, a community-based group or offering, a scholarly article or presentation, etc.

What is the application process?
Please see below.

What is the cost of the program?
Please see below.

What is the curriculum?
A high-level overview of the current program curriculum is available here.

Does the faculty represent the material?
The current faculty is listed here. The WTCI is an intersectional program and we strive to center academic content around experiences of underrepresented voices. It is our top priority, and an ongoing one, to reflect this in the Training Program faculty makeup.

What else does The WTCI offer?
A deeply rooted feminist community. We encourage sharing of personal experience in order to more fully comprehend and contextualize our curriculum.

Application Information

- Licensed psychotherapist or license-eligible clinician - Postgraduate degree - Psychodynamic treatment throughout the course of the program

- Essay: Why are you interested in this program; what experiences led you to apply to the WTCI training program, and why are you pursuing it at this point in your career? Include your areas of expertise and the areas you are hoping to enrich. (750 words maximum)
- Two letters of recommendation based on professional experience Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institution

- One or two interviews

Program applications are due May 15, 2019. Decisions will be made made by July 15, 2019. The next Training Program begins in September 2019.

- The application fee ($50) must be included with your application. Checks should be made payable to: The WTCI.
- Submit application in both electronic and hardcopy formats to:
Aimee Pelletier, Training Program Administrator,
The WTCI Re: Training Program Applications 562 West End Avenue, Suite 1C New York, NY 10024

2019-2021 Tuition and Fees

The total tuition for the 2019-2021 two-year program is $4,200. A deposit of $500 (towards tuition) is due by August 1, 2019. The first tuition payment of $925 is due by August 15, 2019. The second tuition payment of $925 is due by December 20, 2019. The third tuition payment of $925 is due by August 15, 2020. The fourth tuition payment of $925 is due by December 20, 2020.

Educational consultation sessions are 45 minutes in length and scheduled in advance by the student with the assigned consultant. 40 sessions are required for graduation. The fee of $75 per session ($1500 per year) is due by August 15, 2019 and August 15, 2020.

2019-2021 Scholarship Application Guidelines

The Women's Therapy Centre Institute offers a limited amount of tuition scholarship assistance to qualified applicants. (Please note that scholarship assistance is not available for the individual consultation requirement of the two-year training program.)

Scholarship priority consideration is given to individuals who:
demonstrate intense desire, passion and commitment to clinical learning through an intersectional feminist lens
- plan on utilizing their WTCI training experience to deepen their writing, research and clinical engagement with marginalized or under-represented communities
- see themselves as potential leaders in a social justice context

If you would like to apply for scholarship assistance, please submit a supplemental essay of 500 words in connection with your application to the training program. In your essay, please address the following:

  1. In relation to a specific social justice issue or project, describe in detail how the scholarship would contribute to both your shorter-term and longer-term goals and passions around this concern.
  2. Describe what makes you stand out as someone who would best utilize this scholarship in line with the WTCI's mission and philosophy.
  3. Describe any specific financial circumstances you wish to make us aware of in considering you for this scholarship.