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IPAEM: Institute of Analytical Existential Psychotherapy Marche

Post-graduate School of specialization in analytical existential psychotherapy

Course of study

The specialization is a four-year course of Study, covering 22 disciplines, enriched by seminars and the internship.

The course includes an in-depth analysis of the other major psychotherapeutic models.

The school provides courses according to the following three departments:

1st Department: Psychology, Clinical and Diagnostics Psychopathology

2nd Department: history, approaches, methodology and techniques of psychotherapy

3rd department: in depth study of the cultural methodological approach and clinical training

The Departments shall ensure the provision of:

a) Theoretical base subjects: a total of 468 hours

b) Theoretical specific subjects: a total of 414 hours

c) Practical - Clinical - experiential and Research Teachings: a total of 1138 hours.

Overall, the school provides 2020 hours of training over the four years of specialization.

Among the Practical - Clinical -  experiential and Research teachings the internships of student is included (600 hours) to be implemented within public and/or private facilities or services accredited with national health system. It’s also possible carry out 30 hours of internship (out of 600) in public and private medical institutions of other European and non-European Countries, through the partnerships and connections of the School with foreign institutions.

In addition to the course of studies the didactic individual and group analysis, since within the School approach both are a basic precondition of personal and professional maturation and experiential learning. This to emphasize not just the importance of the acquisition of theoretical knowledge and practical and theoretical skills,

but also the maturation of critical, introspective and relational capabilities, essential for those working in the professional dimension of mental health.


Students are required to undertake internships within accredited, public or private, structures, which have signed agreements with the school; a total of at least 150 hours per year, in each of the four years.

Students have the opportunity to carry out part of the internship (max. 30 hours) in structures located in other European and non-European Countries, making use of partnerships and links that IPAEA has with foreign institutions.

The internship is the space of practical experience where the future psychotherapist can experiment in the direct contact with patients and apply the skills and abilities acquired during the studies.

The internship is designed to enable the student:

• to confront the specificity of the training model followed by the School with real articulated users’ demand;

• to gain experience of clinical diagnostic and intervention in emergency situations;

• to acquire work experience in a multidisciplinary team within the different services.

The student, oriented by the School, will diversify the choice of the facilities for the yearly internship, in order to deal with a wide range of mental disorders as well as the widest possible audience.

The school issues a Postgraduate Diploma in Existential Analytical Psychotherapy, equivalent to the University Diploma of Specialization, valid under the laws n. 56/89 and 31/08 for the exercise of psychotherapy and participation to the public health system.



2016/2017 Academic Year - Admission now open

Admissions are open only to graduates in Psychology or Medicine, registered with their respective professional bodies/associations. Graduates, who have not yet taken the state exam, can be admitted conditionally, provided they pass the exam within the first useful session and register to their professional body within the next thirty days


The admission to the school requires an Admission Test (individual interviews).

Application deadline: 15 November 2016
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