On September 14, 2003, the Institute celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis was founded in 1952, and accredited (provisionally in 1952 and fully in 1956) by The American Psychoanalytic Asso- ciation. It was incorporated on June 30, 1953, under the laws of the State of Connecti- cut. Incorporators were Robert P. Knight, M.D., William L. Pious, M.D., and Henry Wexler, M.D. The charter members were Professor Erik H. Erikson, Alfred Gross, M.D., Robert P. Knight, M.D., and William L. Pious, M.D. The Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis is a non-profit corporation, governed by a Board of Trustees. All matters pertaining to psychoanalytic training are the responsibility of the Education Committee.
The fundamental objectives of the Institute are three-fold (1) to advance the develop- ment of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis through continued study and further development of the ideas and concepts which stem from the discoveries of Sigmund Freud; (2) to train selected and qualified students in psychoanalytic theory and practice; and (3) to promote psychoanalytic education and research in accordance with the train- ing standards of The American Psychoanalytic Association. The core programs are Adult Psychoanalytic Training and Child Psychoanalytic Training. The Psychoanalytic Clinic offers affordable analyses for adults and children. The Institute building houses facili- ties for its educational programs, including classrooms, administrative and library space.
The primary goal of psychoanalytic education is to facilitate the development of psychoanalytic competence in individuals who have already demonstrated considerable competence and promise in their own original professional fields. Psychoanalytic competence requires an intellectual and emotional openness toward understanding the full complexity of the human mind including psychic pain and distress, an attitude of scientific cu- riosity, a spirit of inquiry for new observations, and a wish to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the accumulated body of psychoanalytic knowledge.
Policies regarding application, fees, curriculum, and progression are described in sections of the Bulletin. The Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis reserves the right to withdraw courses at any time, to change the curriculum requirements, to modify tuition and fees, and to change rules and calendar regarding participation upon notice to the affected parties.
The Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or physical handicap in the administration of its admission or educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, or any other school-administered program.