Adult Psychoanalytic Program

This Adult Psychoanalytic post-grad training program is four years of classes. The goal of this program is the development of clinical skills necessary for analytic effectiveness as well as promote psychoanalytic scholarship and research.

The training of the analyst who conducts this treatment must also be intensive and thorough. Psychoanalytic education is based on a tri-part model with three complimentary learning experiences:

  1. a personal analysis,
  2. theoretical and clinical seminars, and
  3. supervised psychoanalytic work.

This experience is broadened and conceptualized through seminars and supervised clinical work. The goal of the educational program is the development of those clinical skills necessary for analytic effectiveness. The program also seeks to promote psychoanalytic scholarship and research.

​A patient who chooses to pursue psychoanalysis is taking on an intensive exploration of personality traits, unconscious motivations and patterns of relating to others in an effort to master emotional problems and impediments to psychic growth.

​A patient who chooses to pursue psychoanalysis is taking on an intensive exploration of personality traits, unconscious motivations and patterns of relating to others in an effort to master emotional problems and impediments to psychic growth.

Eligibility

Applicants should be one of the following:

A) Physicians or doctors of osteopathy who have graduated from an accredited medical school and are in or have completed a psychiatry residency program.

B) Mental health professionals who have completed a doctoral level degree from an accredited mental health clinical program.

C) Mental health professionals who have graduated from an accredited mental health degree program with a clinical master’s degree generally recognized as the highest clinical degree within that specific mental health profession and who have at least two additional post-degree years of didactic and clinical training, or 60 hours post-master’s of psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision, and 60 hours post-master’s of psychodynamically oriented coursework and clinical seminars.

D) Other masters-level mental health professionals who have experience in child and adolescent psychotherapy, but without post-graduate psychotherapy training may also be eligible.

Professionals must be licensed in the jurisdiction in which they practice or practice in a jurisdiction in which their practices are not regulated by licensure

Course Work

The adult psychoanalysis training is a four-year curriculum offered from 12 noon to 5:10 p.m. on Fridays. The coursework is divided into four class periods: Development, Theory, Technique, and Case Conference. Over the four years, the candidate’s knowledge in each of these areas grows progressively richer, and the opportunities for discourse deepen.

The Development sequence provides the underpinnings for understanding all of the models presented in the Theory sequence and all of the psychoanalytic theories of therapeutic action. Canddates study the development of self in relation to the object from birth forward, continuing through the entire life cycle.

In the Theory track, psychoanalytic theory is viewed as being in a dynamic state with no single psychoanalytic “truth” prevailing. There are a number of constantly evolving models of the mind, each contributing a particular vision of the human being and the psychoanalytic situation.  The Theory sequence seeks to prepare candidates to be highly informed and critical participants in the exciting debate that is currently reshaping psychoanalytic thinking.

The Technique sequence focuses on how to integrate theoretical concepts and developmental principles into a mode of working therapeutically with the patient.

The candidate will learn how to facilitate the development and maintenance of a psychoanalytic process, which requires the development of various cognitive and empathic skills, along with an intuition as to the timing and dosage of interventions.

The Case Conference gives current and advanced candidates and their teachers an opportunity to explore material from analytic processes in depth and to further integrate all that has been learned in the other three tracks.

The patients give permission for the material to be shared only in this confidential setting, with the understanding that any material by which they could be identified is carefully disguised. Each person’s own clinical experience is greatly enriched by the opportunity to hear and discuss work presented by colleagues.

Supervision

The analysis of patients under supervision is an essential part of psychoanalytic education. The candidate will generally begin their first supervised analysis soon after seminars commence and will start a second supervised case within the next six months. Supervision begins at one hour per week for each case, and may become less frequent. The minimum frequency of patient sessions is four times per week, but one case in five times weekly analysis is suggested. Supervision during the termination phase is expected. The analysis of a minimum of three cases under supervision is required: one patient must be male and one female.

Candidates must submit reports and hours on a regular basis. Supervisors evaluate the candidate’s progress annually and share their observations.

Personal Analysis

Trainees in psychoanalytic training are required to be in analysis with a training analyst at a minimum of four, preferably five, times a week frequency, for a period of their training which substantially overlaps with the coursework and supervised cases.

The candidate’s personal analysis forms the core of the educational experience around which supervised analytic work is built. Conducted by faculty, the aim of this analysis is to resolve and master neurotic personality problems, free the candidate from unconscious attitudes that might interfere with psychoanalytic competence, and provide first-hand experience of unconscious forces and resistance.

Application

Applications can be downloaded. Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible since class size is limited. Applications are due on January 15th of the year class begins. Classes begin every two years, in even numbered years.

After the application is submitted and reference letters are received, three interviews will be scheduled. Interviewers consider clinical experience, motivation to work closely with patients, as well as personal qualities of the applicant. The Admissions Committee and interviewers will review the application, and the applicant will be contacted regarding acceptance by mail or phone. The application process can begin at any time.

Fees

    • Application Fee $300.00
    • Yearly tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year (tuition increases $100 per year)
      • Adult Analytic: $4,000
      • Child & Adolescent only: $4,000
      • Combined Adult and Child & Adolescent: $4,720
      • Child & Adolescent only after completion of Adult at DIP: $1,740
      • Advanced Candidate fee: $500 per year
    • Supervision Fee $50/session
    • Leave of Absence $100 per year

Tuition is due annually before the start of class and is nonrefundable after September 1st. You can pay by check by mailing into the Institute Office, or by credit card under the Member Only Area.

​​Graduation Requirements

The minimum requirements to graduate from the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis program include:

    • Satisfactory completion of all curriculum requirements, including didactic course work, continuous case seminars, and analytic colloquia.
    • Must have three supervised analytic cases. The candidate has analyzed at least one man and one woman. The cases should represent a range of psychopathology usually treated by psychoanalysis and cannot all fit one diagnostic category. The frequency of patient sessions will be no less than four times per week. At least one case has terminated or is proceeding toward what appears to be a satisfactory termination. If there has been no case terminated prior to graduation it is expected that the candidate continue consultation with their supervisor until the case the case is terminated.
    • The candidate has had a minimum of 200 hours of supervision with three different supervisors.
    • All necessary case reports have been completed and approved by the supervisors.
    • The candidate has demonstrated the capacity to enable an analytic process to develop satisfactorily.
    • Candidates are obligated to tell their control cases of their completion of training from the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis once they have been approved for graduation.
    • Had an analysis with a training analyst for a period of their training which substantially overlaps with the coursework and supervised cases.
    • All fees and tuition have been paid in full.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis admits candidates and students of any race, color, national and ethical origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities at the Institute. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethical origin in administration of its educational or admission policies.

Accreditation & Affiliations

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