Ever since the early schisms in psychoanalysis, Freudians, Jungians, Adlerians, and other psychoanalytic schools have remained fragmented. NAAP represents the first effort to reunite these psychoanalytic schools of thought in more than half a century. NAAP was created in January 1972 when psychoanalytic institute faculties from the east, southwest, and west of the United States met to discuss unification of the profession.
NAAP members must have the following minimum requirements:
- Accredited master's degree or higher
- 36 Carnegie Units/450 clock hours of courses on theory and technique in psychoanalysis
- 1,500 hours in clinical experience, including a minimum of the following: 300 hours of personal (individual) analysis with a certified psychoanalyst AND 200 hours individual supervision, with a minimum of 3 certified psychoanalyst supervisors (50 hours one case with one supervisor; 50 hours on one case or more with a second supervisor)
- 1,000 hours supervised clinical experience of which 250 hours may consist of group supervision, case conference supervision, and continuing clinical education experience.