Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis

Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis 

We welcome your inquiry into MIP’s Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis. Elements of the program reviewed below include the following:

  • Program Overview
  • Educational Philosophy
  • Course of Study
  • Supervised Analyses
  • Candidate Advisory Committee
  • Personal Analysis
  • The Final Project
  • Admissions
  • Fees and Tuition
  • Questions

Program Overview

The MIP Advanced Candidate Training Program was established for senior clinicians who, although they have not previously completed a formal program in psychoanalysis, have managed to attain in both formal and informal ways, the equivalent of a significant portion of psychoanalytic training. These are individuals whose previous clinical experience, personal analyses, and psychoanalytic teaching, writing, and research have accorded them a high level of recognition for their clinical and theoretical sophistication and accomplishment.

Because of the substantial overlap between  Advanced Candidate Training and the regular Training Program in Psychoanalysis, we advise potential applicants to familiarize themselves with information on both programs in considering the best fit.

Educational Philosophy

In conjunction with the MIP Training Program in Psychoanalysis, the Advanced Candidate Training Program is designed to give candidates a full sense of the creative ferment in psychoanalysis today. From the outset, candidates have a sense of being part of a living, evolving field of study, a field within which active controversy exists at all levels, from basic assumptions about human nature to clinical theory and methods. This spirit is best conveyed in a comparative psychoanalytic approach which recognizes the place of numerous analytic “stances,” and the assumptions underlying them. Such an approach continually examines psychoanalysis as a specific form of psychotherapy as well as a theory of human development and interaction. It also considers how psychoanalysis can be usefully modified in work with a wide range of patients and how psychoanalytic principles can be applied in various social contexts. We strive to provide an educational environment that exposes candidates to a broad range of ideas, engages the unfamiliar, and develops the capacity for critical thought.

Course of Study

An Advanced Candidate is required to take two courses per semester, one clinical course and one theory course, for two years. These courses most often will be taken within the 4-year training program and will be selected according to the areas of interest and needs of the candidate (conditional on the availability and class composition of the on-going class). If the Advanced Candidate would like to create a seminar to suit his/her individual learning needs and to fulfill a course requirement, this may be arranged with the curriculum committee. The Advanced Candidate and curriculum committee would together select appropriate faculty and the course would be then be opened to other members of the MIP community (this may include recent MIP graduates and candidates who have finished their coursework but have not yet graduated). Advanced Candidates are required to take two courses offered through Psychoanalytic Dimensions, an Ethics course and one elective. It is also highly recommended that the candidate take the development series, including the infant development courses (one currently taught by Beatrice Beebe and the other by Norka Malberg). One of these may qualify as the elective for the 2 courses offered through Psychoanalytic Dimensions.

Supervised Analyses

Advanced Candidates may begin to conduct supervised analyses once they have begun or previously completed a 4 times per week personal analysis and after consultation with their Candidate Advisory Committee. Supervisors are selected by the candidate with the approval of the Training Committee. The candidate must be supervised on three cases for a minimum of 200 hours of supervision.

Candidate Advisory Committee

Each Advanced Candidate has a personal Candidate Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of a liaison member from the Training Committee and the candidate’s clinical supervisors. The candidate also has the option of choosing an additional advisor to consult with regarding their program of study who would then also attend the CAC meetings. The members of the Candidate Advisory Committee meet at least yearly to review the candidate’s educational experience, identify learning needs, and discuss beginning supervised analyses.

Personal Analysis

MIP considers the personal analysis to be a cornerstone of one’s clinical training in psychoanalysis. For this reason, Advanced Candidates are required either to be in a 4 times per week analysis in order to begin to conduct their supervised psychoanalytic cases, or they need to have completed a personal analysis prior to conducting their first supervised analytic case. MIP does not have a predetermined official group of training analysts. Advanced Candidates are thus free to choose their personal analyst from the larger analytic community with the approval of the MIP Training Committee. For candidates who have already completed an analysis or who are in analysis at the time of admission, the decision about whether the candidate’s analysis will satisfy the requirement for the personal analysis will be part of the admission process, and will involve consultation between the chairs of the Admission and the Training Committees. In these cases, emphasis will be on an evaluation of the analytic experience, not the analyst.

The Final Project

Advanced Candidates complete a final paper or project at the conclusion of their psychoanalytic training which gives them the experience of studying an issue in depth and presenting their work to their Candidate Advisory Committee.


The Institute accepts applicants from five clinical disciplines: psychology, psychiatry, social work, mental health counseling, and psychiatric nursing. Applicants must be independently licensed in their field. Applicants for advanced candidacy should generally be 10 years beyond completion of their respective terminal professional degrees and should have spent most of their professional time, during those ten years, in the practice of intensive, long-term, psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy. Applicants’ clinical work should present clear evidence of sustained interest in, and substantial commitment to, the application of psychoanalytic thinking in the clinical setting. Applicants for advanced candidacy should have achieved psychoanalytic theoretical knowledge at least at the intermediate level. Ideally, they have command of the literature commensurate with MIP candidates in the regular program who are entering their fourth year of classes. Applicants for advanced candidacy should be able to present to the Admissions Committee, if applicable, documentation of their theoretical knowledge in the form of Syllabi for the psychoanalytic courses they have taught, as well as a representative sampling of their psychoanalytic publications. Because the Advanced Candidate Program offers only two years of formal course work, it is essential that candidates enter the program ready to begin at least one analytic control case under supervision.

Fees and Tuition

  • $130 Application Fee: Due with the completed application
  • $395 Annual Dues: Once enrolled, Advanced Candidates pay annual MIP dues during training
  • $800 Tuition per semester
  • Fees for the personal analysis and supervision of each of the training cases are arranged by the candidate and the analyst or supervisor


If you have any questions about the Advanced Candidate Training Program that are not answered here, please feel free to be in touch with MIP’s Executive Director, John Tyler, at reachmip@gmail.com or (617) 469-2777.

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