Psychoanalysis is not the same as what Freud practiced over 100 years ago. In fact, psychoanalytic clinician-researchers have continued to explore the complexity of the human mind and brain in order to improve the effectiveness of contemporary psychoanalytic treatment.
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.
Partial scholarships are available for all MPI programs.
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The most extensive, in-depth training offered is psychoanalytic training. This training is a multi-year commitment with seminars, supervised cases, and personal analysis. Candidates may join adult only, both adult and child/adolescent analysis, or child-focused psychoanalytic training.
For mental health professionals who are interested in psychoanalytic training but not yet ready to begin the full program, there is an Early Admission Program which consists of a weekly seminars to begin gaining skills for later training.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training
A two-year Psychotherapy Program, the Advanced Training in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ACAPP), is available for mental health professionals who would like to focus on refining skills to practice psychotherapy according to a psychoanalytic modality. A clinician may elect to take only one of the two years.
The Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Fellowship is a one-year clinically-based program designed to introduce and further develop an understanding of psychoanalytic principles as applied to psychotherapy with adults, children, and adolescents. Two programs are offered each academic year: one in Ann Arbor and one in Farmington Hills.
Opportunities for Academics
Academics (non-mental health professionals who are scholars or faculty in another discipline in the liberal arts, social sciences, law, sciences, or other medical specialties) are welcome in all the MPI training programs.
The Academic Fellowship Program offers a one-year (renewable to two) honorary opportunity for those established scholars interested in achieving a bridge between psychoanalysis and their own field of scholarship. The Fellow will have the opportunity to meet regularly with a psychoanalyst mentor to further this goal.
The Academic Candidate Program offers interested scientists, scholars, educators, administrators and other professionals in diverse areas the opportunity for systematic study of and immersion in psychoanalytic ideas.
The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, handicap or national or ethnic origin in admissions or in administration of its educational programs.