Adult & Child/Adolescent Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program

ACAPP is a one- to three-year certificate-granting program, designed to improve therapists’ clinical skills and to demonstrate the usefulness of applying contemporary analytic thinking in a wide variety of situations. ACAPP welcomes social workers, psychologists (including interns), psychiatrists (including residents), psychiatric nurses, and other qualified professionals. This program may also be of interest to non-mental health professionals who wish to apply the psychodynamic perspective to their own field of work.


The ACAPP curriculum integrates theory with technique to explore how people think, make choices, adapt to inner conflicts, and relate to others. Courses are taught through the lens of multiple psychoanalytic perspectives with an eye towards treatment implications and application. There are four sequences of classes: the Developmental Sequence, the Assessment and Beginning Treatment Sequence, the Adult Topics Sequence and the Child Topics Sequence. Rather than taking the entire ACAPP program, students can elect to take as a one-year, stand-alone program just the Developmental or the Assessment and Beginning Treatment sequence of classes on a stand-alone basis. There are two tracks: the Adult Track and the Child Track, which differ in the sequences taken.

The Developmental Sequence studies the continuities and discontinuities of developmental transitions that organize an individual’s character and personality structure.

The Assessment and Beginning Treatment Sequence provides an in-depth study of psychodynamic assessment and diagnosis and their importance in early therapeutic work. The complexities of the treatment relationship and how to engage the collaboration and curiosity of the patient are explored in a continuous case conference with the second year class. Each course attempts to address current controversies and includes rich clinical material.

Adult Topics focuses on the application of psychodynamic therapy to specific clinical issues such as ethics, dreams, trauma, termination, couples work and addictions. Throughout the program there are opportunities for students to present their own clinical process material.

Child Topics addresses many different aspects of working with children and adolescents, including topics such as parent work, play therapy, developmental traumas, and gender development.

The Assessment, Developmental and Adult Topics sequences together make up the 2-year adult track.

The Developmental Sequence and Child Topics sequences together make up the 2-year child/adolescent track.

Supervision & Treatment

Each clinician in the program is required to have weekly consultation with a supervisor from the MPI faculty to discuss patients in their practices. Times, locations and fees of consultations are arranged individually.

It is strongly recommended that each program participant be involved in his/her own personal psychodynamic psychotherapy or psychoanalysis concurrent with the program, in order to increase the sensitivity of the participant to the workings of unconscious forces and to begin to free him/her from personality factors which might impede the development of psychotherapeutic competence.

Michigan Psychoanalytic Society (MPS) Membership in MPS is required for all ACAPP students. This provides access to PEP-Web and includes the registration fee for the Annual Symposium.


An advanced degree (minimum Masters’ level) is required. Students seeing patients must be licensed in their state and have malpractice insurance. Experience with psychodynamic supervision is recommended. Those without such experience might want to consider taking the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship program first.

Membership in MPS ($200) is required for all ACAPP students. This includes access to PEP-Web for course readings, free CME/CE credits for classes, and the registration fee for the Annual MPS Symposium.

Tuition, Schedules & Locations

Tuition: $2,400 per year and due on August 15

Tuition can be paid each academic year in two or three installments, as follows:

August 15 and November 15, with a 1.5% additional fee: 2 payments @ $1,218 -OR- August 15, November 15 and January 15, with a 2.5% fee: 3 payments @ $820

Classes meet in the evening, once weekly (two classes per week) during the academic year, and are taught by faculty of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. Classes are taught at both our Farmington Hills and Ann Arbor offices and participants in the program are expected to attend classes in both venues.

Application Form

Application Procedure

Complete the application form and submit it along with a $40 nonrefundable application fee, a copy of the applicant’s license to practice in the State of Michigan, the face sheet of the applicant’s professional liability insurance and two letters of reference by June 30. A personal interview with faculty is required for acceptance into the ACAPP program.

Applications received after June 30 will be accepted according to space and the agreement of the program Director(s). Early application is encouraged.

Financial Aid

The Drs. Samuel G. and Geraldine G. Reisman Scholarship was established using a generous gift from the Reismans to the Michigan Psychoanalytic Foundation in December 2000 to support candidates and students enrolled in clinical training programs.

The Cassandra M. Klyman, M.D. Scholarship Fund for Psychiatric Psychoanalytic Training was established to help physicians, often financially burdened by medical school debt, to both deepen and expand their understanding of their patients’ mental lives through psychoanalytic training. A total of $5000 is available to be awarded each year to eligible applicants; individual amounts will depend on the number of qualified applicants. These gifts were inspired by the wish to make the Institute’s training more accessible. Partial assistance for tuition will be awarded annually by early September on the basis of merit and documented need.


CME/CE Credits

Continuing Medical Education Credit for Physicians This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)(TM)(1 credit equals 1 hour). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit for Social Workers The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

Continuing Education Credit for Psychologists The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists may be awarded fewer credit hours.

If you have further questions, contact Lana Jaeger-Barstad at (248) 851-3380 at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute Administrative Office.

Early application is encouraged

Applications received after June 30 will be accepted according to space and the agreement of the program Director(s).
Questions may be directed to either program directors or program administrator.


To meet our faculty and current students and hear about our programs, you are welcome to join us at the Annual MPI Open House.

Program Administrator

Program Administrator

Lana Jaeger-Barstad

248 851 3380

ACAPP Adult Track Program Director

ACAPP Adult Track Program Director

Erika Homann, Ph.D.

734 995 2725

ACAPP Child/Adolescent Track Program Directors

ACAPP Child/Adolescent Track Program Directors

Meryl Berlin, PhD & Gail van Langen, PhD

734 623 4447 & 734 622 9885