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Postgraduate Fellowship Program – West

Program Overview

MIP is very fortunate to have a sister program to the Boston-based Fellowship. The Postgraduate Fellowship Program – West was developed in the Pioneer Valley in order to enrich opportunities for psychoanalytic education in western Massachusetts. The program is designed for mental health providers and scholars interested in deepening their understanding of psychoanalytic psychology. Using a contemporary, comparative approach, the Fellowship explores a variety of models of the treatment process (Classical, Object Relations, Self Psychology and Relational), with equal attention to theory and its clinical application. The Fellowship aims to enrich participants’ understanding of human nature and to promote a more vital and effective clinical practice. Clinical material shared by fellows and faculty is used to elucidate and animate theoretical concepts and models as they are applied in discussion of clinical issues and psychotherapy process.

Course work is based on a two-part seminar, didactic and clinical. We meet for nineteen seminars from November through early May. The seminars meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M. in Amherst. We plan to continue meeting for seminars in person, as we have in 2022-2023, pending public health advice and instructions.

The first half of each meeting consists of a lecture and discussion of readings. The second half concerns the integration of theory with clinical material. There are four terms, with a total of nineteen sessions, including a final review and reflection. The number of participants in the program is limited, in order to enhance seminar participation.

Fellows automatically become members of MIP during their Fellowship and have the benefit of reduced membership fees for two years following completion of the program. As MIP members, fellows are able to participate with other MIP members in short courses held during the winter, to utilize MIP referral lists, and to vote in MIP elections.

Current Curriculum

1st Term

The Radical Nature of Freud’s Thought and Its Evolution in Classical Theory and Ego Psychology

Faculty: Benjamin Addleson, Ph.D.

2nd Term

Winnicott, Klein, and Object Relations: Alternative Visions of the Mind and How They Shape the Treatment Process

Faculty: Stacey Novack, Psy.D

3rd Term

Self Psychology: From Kohut to Contemporary Perspectives

Faculty: Richard Geist, Ed.D.

4th Term

Contemporary Relational Theory: How Current Theorists are Influencing the Practice of Psychotherapy

Faculty: David Levit, Ph.D., ABPP

Overview and Reflections


Application Process

We accept and process applications on a rolling admissions basis until the class is full (with a deadline of July 15th). Applications are reviewed as they are received.

To apply, fill out the application form, including the following documents:

  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Interest. Please describe your interest in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and what you hope to gain from the Fellowship program.
  • Two current letters of reference from supervisors or colleagues.


$1000 ($500 in the fall and spring).

Please note that tuition includes a full year of membership in MIP.

Continuing Education Credits

Please contact us for information about professional credits, tuition, or the benefits of MIP membership included in tuition.


If you would like to speak with someone about our program or about the admissions process, contact David Levit, Ph.D., ABPP at