The Judy Byck Scholarship Fund

Created by donations from family, friends, and colleagues, the Judy Byck Scholarship Fund honors the memory of a remarkably gifted clinical social worker and expresses her intention that clinical social workers new to our organization be given the opportunity to study psychoanalytic concepts and approaches to psychotherapy.

Judy Byck Scholarships will be given to MSW graduate social workers who have never before taken a course at the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas. Once approved, Byck Scholars will have the opportunity to attend one course (8 or 16 weeks) with the full cost of tuition waived during the upcoming academic year.

Byck Scholarship Details

Mental health professionals holding the MSW degree should complete a Byck Scholarship Application by the deadline stated below.

Once approved for a scholarship, Byck Scholars are eligible to enroll in the introductory course, Thinking Psychoanalytically: The Basics (Course 101).

If qualified, Byck Scholars may apply to enroll instead in an electives course (900 level) or one of the Core Curriculum courses (200 level). Permission to attend an elective course or one of the Core Curriculum courses will be given at the discretion of the instructor, based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate a basic understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its application to the treatment of patients through previous coursework, training, or supervision. Further, the applicant must be actively engaged in clinical work with patients.

Once granted a scholarship, Byck Scholars will only be responsible for a $25 application fee at the time of course registration.

All application materials and information will be kept confidential.

Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate one or more of the following qualities:

  • Interest in the application of psychodynamic principles to any area of clinical care
  • Commitment to developing oneself as a psychotherapist by deepening one’s knowledge and understanding of one’s own inner processes and by learning to apply that understanding in the therapeutic relationship
  • Curiosity and intellectual capacity to undertake further psychoanalytic study

The Judy Byck Scholarship selection committee will consist of at least three members, including two social workers.

The selection committee may use application materials and any additional information it deems necessary, such as essays or interviews, in order to reach its decision. The decision of the selection committee will be final.

The application period closes on May 1.

The Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, gender, gender identity, marital status, religion, sexual orientation or identification, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and financial aid policies.

About Judy Byck, MSW (1962 – 2017)

Judy Byck, MSW, of The Judy Byck Scholarship FundAn inspiring psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor, Judy was respected and loved by her many friends, colleagues, and students. A 1990 graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work, she worked at the John Umstead Hospital and was Clinical Director at the Durham Family Counseling Service before entering private practice in Durham. Among her many contributions, Judy served as an energetic founding board member of the Psychoanalytic Center of the Carolinas.

In 2017, she was named Clinical Social Worker of the Year by the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work. The Judy Byck Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to honor Judy’s life and passionate commitment to psychoanalytic education and treatment.

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