Psychoanalytic Training encompasses programs to serve the varied needs of interested professionals.
These programs carry CME/CE credits.
The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute offers a wide variety of educational opportunities for clinicians. We have programs for every level of experience, from graduate school to training as a psychoanalyst, and also welcome academic professionals from other fields who would like to relate psychoanalysis to their work. We cover both Adult and Child/Adolescent topics, and emphasize modern psychoanalytic theories and techniques without losing touch with the basic tenets that have characterized psycho- analytic thought from the beginning—that we have unconscious thoughts, feelings and fantasies, that experiences from early in life stay with us into adulthood, and that talking is the best cure we know for many psychological problems.
Feel free to contact any director about what program would be best for you. Also take a look at the programs you can be working towards and programs that you could recommend to others!
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.
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.
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 psycho- analytic theory and method; and demonstrated competence in functioning independently as a clinical psychoanalyst. Refer to the Candidates’ Manual for detailed requirements.
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 tech- nique. 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 con- troversies. Child development courses, including child and ado- lescent clinical analytic case material, are an integral part of the cur- riculum. 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 super- visor for each patient. Adult Program candidates who are also in the Child and Adolescent Program must additionally see three child cas- es at different developmental stages (preschool, latency, adoles- cence; the adolescent case may overlap with one of the required adult cases). Candidates with a focus on Child and Adolescent train- ing 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.
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 full-time 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.
Tuition, Schedules & Locations
$3200 – $7000 per year, depending on pro- gram and stage in training. A Candidate Loan Fund has been established by supporters of analytic training.
Farmington Hills/Ann Arbor as scheduled.
Thurs. 9:00 a.m.-12:10 p.m. A half-time schedule is possible.
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.
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.
All applications are due June 30th
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.
Melvin Bornstein, M.D.
Bernadette Kovach, Ph.D.,
Sally Rosenberg, D.O.
(248) 626 7735