Analytic Training

Advanced training in psychoanalysis enables you to deepen your work and help people effectively change their lives.

Distance Learning is available via video-conferencing.

Barry Miller, M.D.

Chair, Education Committee; President, Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute; Co-President, Michigan Psychoanalytic 662-2956


When:September to May
Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.
A half-time schedule is possible.
Where:Ann Arbor/Farmington Hills as scheduled
Application Deadline:April 1st every year (skip to Admissions)
Tuition:$4200-$9000 per year, depending on program and stage in training. A Candidate Loan Fund has been established by supporters of analytic training. Some partial scholarships are also available.

The Training

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.  We are affiliated with the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) through the membership in APsaA of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Society (MPS), our professional membership organization of graduate psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists. 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/Adolescent 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. Potential candidates who are not ready to start full training yet can attend the Early Admission program. Many future candidates also choose to take the 2-year Psychodynamic Psychotherapy program (ACAPP).

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.


Gail Vanlangen, Ph.D.

Chair, Admissions Committee; Co-Director, Adult and Child/Adolescent Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (ACAPP) 622-9885

Licensed mental health clinicians with psychiatry training or at least masters’ level degrees in clinical psychology, counseling, or clinical social work are eligible to apply. Masters’ degree clinicians in psychology or counseling will be required to receive a waiver from the American Association for Psychoanalytic Education (AAPE) in order to proceed with full psychoanalytic training. The Admissions Committee of MPI will help the newly accepted masters’ level candidate assemble the necessary documentation and will apply for the waiver on the candidate’s behalf.

Experienced licensed health professionals, outside of the mental health specialties, who wish to have clinical psychoanalytic training may contact members of the MPI Admissions Committee to discuss whether they have the professional credentials for psychoanalytic training. All clini-cians are expected to have had some supervised psychodynamic psycho-therapy experience before they begin psychoanalytic training. Psychody-namic courses or training programs in psychoanalytic psychotherapy can be helpful to supply missing theoretical and clinical background that is recommended before beginning analytic training (see ACAPP, p. 5). Mem-bers of the Admissions Committee will be happy to talk with clinicians in-terested in applying for analytic training to assist them in their individual professional path.

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, anal-ysis, classes, and supervision take place via distance videoconferencing, with periodic shorter returns to Michigan. There is no residency require-ment 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.

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 Chairs 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.