Adult & Child/Adolescent Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program

Meryl Berlin, Ph.D., and Gail van Langen, Ph.D. — Co-Directors

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.

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.

Sequences Timetables
Assessment and Beginning Treatment 1st year, 9 courses
Developmental 3 courses in 1st year
3 courses in 2nd year
Adult Topics 2nd year, 9 courses
Child Topics 3rd year, 6 courses
Requires completion of years 1 and 2


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 their 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 enable them to engage most effectively in work with patients.

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.


Each clinician in this program must be licensed to practice psychotherapy in the State of Michigan and have professional liability insurance.

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. The Reisman Scholarships will be supplemented by additional funds as they become available. The total will be awarded to support students who are enrolled in or may wish to apply for clinical training in the following programs:
  • Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training
  • Adult and Child/Adolescent Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (ACAPP)
  • Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship

Scholarships will be awarded by early September 2020.

Scholarship Application

Where and When

Ann Arbor/Farmington Hills as scheduled September to May, Mondays from 6:45 — 9:45 p.m.

Application Deadline

June 30



$2400 per year for 2 classes a night. Tuition is $1200 for Developmental Sequence alone and $1800 for the Assessment and Beginning Treatment Sequence alone. Required MPS membership (includes access to PepWeb and Annual Symposium registration): $200.

Application Form

Application Procedure

Complete the application form and submit it along with a $40 nonrefundable application fee, a copy of your license to practice in the State of Michigan, the face sheet of your professional liability insurance policy 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.

CME/CE Information

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation 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 these Live Activities for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ (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.

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.

SOCIAL WORKERS: The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative.

If you have further questions, contact Lori Boetsch 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.

ACAPP Co-Director

Meryl Berlin, PhD

734 623 4447

ACAPP Program Administrator

Lori Boetsch

248 851 3380

ACAPP Co-Director

Gail van Langen, PhD

734 622 9885