Since its inception in 1973, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis has promoted the study and application of psychoanalytic theory in clinical practice and in society at large. Stemming from the work of Freud on subconscious motivations, psychoanalytic practice examines the root causes of unhealthy behaviors and strives to help people end these behaviors in their daily lives. Through its education of practitioners and academics and by way of its Boston-based therapy clinic, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis plays a key role in this mission.
The school offers six graduate programs in psychoanalysis, including two Doctoral programs. It also offers a Certificate program that, before the inception of Doctoral study, stood as the highest credential in psychoanalytic training. Now, the Certificate program focuses on practice while the Doctoral program emphasizes research. Furthermore, the school’s One Year Program offers psychoanalytic theory training to practicing clinicians. Across all of these programs, the school serves a diverse student body and welcomes students from all academic backgrounds.
Administratively, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis maintains a strong infrastructure headed by President Jane Snyder, PhD. Dr. Snyder has served on the school’s faculty for many years and, before accepting her current position, held leadership posts as Graduate Dean and subsequently as Provost. Dr. Snyder now maintains responsibility for all executive decisions with the additional support of the weekly-convened President’s Council. The school also maintains a strong Administrative Director’s Council, which oversees academic and policy decisions, as well as a Faculty Council that contributes to academic decisions. Student representatives visit both bodies on a regular basis.
Currently proceeding according to a five-year strategic plan, the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis now focuses on program optimization as well as the development of fundraising initiatives. By strengthening its structure and its core as well as its publicity plan, the school intends to bolster its impact on the psychoanalytic community as well as on the wider society. Its program development projects include expansion of the continuing education program as well as the introduction of a child and adolescent psychoanalytic program, and its administrative focus centers on fundraising strategy.