Overview of Training Values and Philosophy
The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) is an approximately 270 member professional home that provides opportunities to learn, teach, and connect with colleagues with a shared interest in psychoanalysis. At its core, MIP is a theoretically comparative educational institute. As a training environment, MIP is characterized by the following historical roots, values, and philosophy:
- Founded in 1987 in an impassioned and principled reaction to the prevailing hierarchical psychoanalytic establishment
- Early mission of expanding access to psychoanalytic training to those outside of the medical profession
- Early mission of reducing specific, problematic constraints on the existing training “progressions” and training analyst system
- Core Values: Personal freedom, inclusivity, comparative psychoanalysis, mutual respect, adult learning environment, intersubjective awareness, creation of a “mind of one’s own” amidst awareness of other minds, and sustained inquiry regarding our assumptions about what psychoanalysis is and how we practice
- A Comparative Culture: MIP offers training in multiple psychoanalytic theoretical perspectives on the human mind (drive, ego, object, self, relational-intersubjective, etc.). The Institute offers an “umbrella” home in which numerous analytic stances are housed and in which we strive to engage differences creatively in the service of extending the reach and exploring the edges of what psychoanalysis is and how we can do it.
MIP’s educational Institute is comprised of 5 Training Programs:
- Postgraduate Fellowship Program – Metro Boston
- Postgraduate Fellowship Program – West
- Stechler Child and Adolescent Therapy Fellowship
- Training Program in Psychoanalysis
- Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis
Some training statistics:
- Training Program in Psychoanalysis: 120 graduated analysts; 44 current candidates; 24 Candidates in Yr 1-4 classes
- Postgraduate Fellowship Programs: 194 alumni, approx 8-12 in Year I and approx 5-10 in Year II each year
Postgraduate Fellowship Program
MIP’s PGFP is a 1-year, once weekly fellowship program that offers mental health providers and scholars an opportunity to explore a wide range of models of psychoanalytic psychotherapy treatment process and theory. Grounded in a contemporary, comparative approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the fellowship aims to enrich participants’ understanding of human nature and to promote a deeper, more vital and effective clinical practice. The seminar consists of 4 terms across 19 sessions and meets Monday evenings from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Harvard Faculty Club. Typically, the PGFP offers two years of programming.
For more detailed information on the Postgraduate Fellowship Program please click here.
Postgraduate Fellowship Program – West
MIP is also proud to offer a comparable program to the above Metro-Boston-based PGFP in the Pioneer Valley region of Western Massachusetts. The program is likewise a 1-year, once weekly fellowship program that offers mental health providers and scholars an opportunity to explore a wide range of models of psychoanalytic psychotherapy treatment process and theory. Grounded in a contemporary, comparative approach to psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the fellowship aims to enrich participants’ understanding of human nature and to promote a deeper, more vital and effective clinical practice.
For more detailed information on the Postgraduate Fellowship Program WEST please click here.
Training Program in Psychoanalysis
MIP’s Training Program in Psychoanalysis is a full, 4-year candidate training program in the theory and technique of psychoanalysis. Accepted candidates are members of an intimate learning cohort who progress together through an emotional, professional, and academic journey into deeper understandings of the human mind and mind-in-relation. The program requirements include 4 years of course curriculum in comparative psychoanalytic theory and technique (3 courses each fall and spring ), 3 supervised analytic (“control”) cases (one of which is a “modified” case), 75 hours of supervision on 2 cases and 50 hours on the third case, a personal analysis, and a final project. The training program coursework takes place on Fridays from 11:00 am – 4:30 pm over fall and spring semesters of 4 years at the individual homes and offices of MIP’s faculty.
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Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis
The Advanced Candidate Training Program in Psychoanalysis at MIP was established for senior clinicians who have attained in both formal and informal ways, the equivalent of a significant portion of psychoanalytic training. Prospective Advanced Candidates must demonstrate a level of theoretical sophistication and accomplishment through their previous clinical experience, personal analyses, and psychoanalytic teaching, writing, and research. The program consists of two years of classes, clinical supervision on analytic cases, and a personal analysis. Advanced Candidates are encouraged to develop their own curriculum and to participate in the four year program courses wherever they have gaps in their knowledge.
For more detailed information on the Advanced Candidate Program please click here.
Continuing Education at MIP
MIP is proud to offer a variety of ways that members and non-members can participate in continuing education. Continuing education is offered to all clinicians, academicians, scholars and anyone interested in comparative psychoanalytic thinking. And, as one benefit of a MIP membership, CE credits are given to MIP members for their completion of most courses and programs. CEs may be purchased by non-members who have completed most MIP continuing education programs.
Each year, MIP typically offers the following continuing education opportunities:
- 5-6 Saturday morning programs with visiting speakers, discussants, and moderators.
- Courses that offer collegiality with more extensive immersion into psychoanalytic theory and concepts through the Psychoanalytic Dimension series offered by MIP’s Continuing Studies Committee.
- Courses and programs that cross disciplines or the continents from MIP’s Academic Outreach Committee or MIP’s International Connections Committee
- A bi-annual intensive Symposium on contemporary topics.
For more detailed information on Continuing Education at MIP please click here.