Psychoanalytic Training

Psychoanalytic Training

Sally Rosenberg, D.O. — Adult Program Educational Committee Chair
Bernadette Kovach, Ph.D. — Child and Adolescent Program Chair

MPI offers specialized advanced clinical training to experienced clinicians with graduate degrees in the fields of psychiatry, clinical psychology, clinical social work, or counseling who wish to graduate as adult or child psychoanalysts. Academic applicants from other university departments and non-clinical fields of study are eligible to apply for Academic candidacy.  The Michigan Psychoanalytic Society (MPS) is the professional membership organization of graduate psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists that is a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA). MPI is in process of applying for accreditation to the Accreditation Council for Psychoanalytic Education (ACPEinc) and is a member of the American Association for Psychoanalytic Education (AAPE).

Adult and Child Training

Candidates applying to the Adult program may also choose to join the Child and Adolescent program. It is also possible to have child and adolescent psychoanalysis as the main focus of training. All candidates in both programs take all the seminars. Child and Adolescent candidates also attend eight evening seminars a year.

Integrated Curriculum

Psychoanalysis is a rich, complex, and evolving field. The five year curriculum provides candidates with a thorough familiarity with psychoanalytic theories of motivation, development, and technique. The curriculum reflects an awareness of psychoanalysis as an evolving theory and practice. Contemporary theory and technique are studied in light of both historical development and current controversies. Child development courses, including child and adolescent clinical analytic case material, are an integral part of the curriculum. The goal of the seminars is to facilitate lively and creative discussion among candidates and faculty.

Supervised Psychoanalytic Treatment of Patients

Each candidate in the Adult Program is expected to analyze three adult patients, at least one male and one female, at a frequency of four or five times per week on separate days, with a different supervisor for each patient. Adult Program candidates who are also in the Child and Adolescent Program must additionally see three child cases at different developmental stages (preschool, latency, adolescence; the adolescent case may overlap with one of the required adult cases). Candidates with a focus on Child and Adolescent training are required to see one adult case in addition to their three child cases. Any candidate may obtain cases through MPI’s Treatment Clinic or their private practice and usually begin this supervised work as early as the midpoint of their first year of training.

Personal Psychoanalysis

Coming to terms with their own emotional lives allows talented clinicians to take full advantage of their training and develop their full analytic capacities. Every candidate is required to undertake a personal analysis (preferably five, minimum four times per week) with a Training Analyst vetted by APsaA to analyze candidates. It is required that the candidate be in this analysis at least six to eight months before taking seminars, though a year or more is usual.

Admissions Eligibility

Experienced clinicians with psychiatry training or at least masters’ level degrees in psychiatry, clinical psychology, counseling, or clinical social work are eligible to apply. Additional psychodynamic courses or training programs in psychoanalytic therapy are often helpful to supply missing theoretical and clinical background recommended before beginning analytic training (see ACAPP, p. 5). MPI has been approved by SEVIS to issue I-20 certificates to fulltime clinical and academic candidates eligible for F1 visas. International clinical candidates are required to attend classes and be in analysis in person in Michigan for 2 years of training. Following returning to their country, analysis, classes, and supervision take place via distance videoconferencing. There is no residency requirement for academic candidates.

Personal Suitability

MPI accepts applicants based on prior education and experience, interest in the workings of the human mind, and personal integrity, maturity, and a capacity to engage in and benefit from their own analyses. Applicants most suited to become psychoanalysts are psychologically-minded, empathic, tolerant, capable of academic rigor, and willing and able to learn through self-reflection.


Application Form

Admissions Procedure

Suitability is determined by the Admissions Committee on the basis of the written application, letters of recommendation, transcripts of previous educational experience, and interviews by members of the faculty. The Admission Committee is committed to making the process of applying for full psychoanalytic training as easy as possible. The Chair and members of the Committee will be available to help at every step.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to clinical cases, graduation requirements for the Adult or Child and Adolescent programs include: the satisfactory completion of the curriculum; the writing of a scholarly analytic paper on a topic of interest to the candidate; a 20-page written summary of one case; achievement of personal and professional maturity; demonstrated fundamental understanding of psychoanalytic theory and method; and demonstrated competence in functioning independently as a clinical psychoanalyst. Refer to the Candidates’ Manual for detailed requirements.

Where and When

Farmington Hills/Ann Arbor as scheduled.
Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
A half-time schedule is possible.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2019

Tuition and fees

$4000 – $9000 per year, depending on program and stage in training. A Candidate Loan Fund has been established by supporters of analytic training.

Adult Program Educational Committee Chair

Sally Rosenberg, D.O.

248 626 7735

Admissions Committee Chair

Melvin Bornstein, M.D.

248 642-3343

Child and Adolescent Program Chair

Bernadette Kovach, Ph.D.

734 812-1157

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

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. Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on need and merit. Applications are available from the office (248) 851-3380 or downloaded below.

Reisman and Klyman Scholarships will be awarded by early September 2020.

Scholarship Application Form

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.