Training Program in Psychoanalysis

Training Program in Psychoanalysis

Below is an overview of the core components of MIP’s full, 4-year Training Program in Psychoanalysis. If you have any questions about the program that are not answered here, please be in touch with MIP’s Executive Direct, John Tyler, for further information.

Elements of the Training Program in Psychoanalysis reviewed below include the following:

Overview of the Course of Study

The Training Program in Psychoanalysis is a 4-year course of study in comparative psychoanalysis, both theory and practice. On graduating, our candidates will be fluent in several psychoanalytic languages as well as be able to discuss knowledgably the philosophical assumptions underlying each. In addition, electives enable candidates to pursue in depth some of the most recent theorists in psychoanalysis through both our elective system and our program of courses called “Psychoanalytic Dimensions” offered throughout the year. MIP is dedicated to the perception of its candidates as adult learners who can best develop and learn in a milieu that regards freedom of choice and creativity as the best foundation for learning.

Each of the 12 semesters consists of two theory/content courses as well as a clinical seminar for the presentation and discussion of the candidate’s analytic work. The program is designed to immerse candidates in the creative ferment of the evolving field of study that is contemporary psychoanalysis with a firm basis in the classical literature. The first year begins with a grounding in the origins and beliefs about the nature of man and mind of Freud and his generation of analytic thinkers, followed by a conceptual overview of the fields of Object Relations, Kleinian theories, Fairbairn, Winnicott, and Self Psychology. Close attention is paid to the close historical antecedents of each theory as well as to the differences among the evolved separate theories. Subsequent years focus in depth on each of these paradigms with the additional of Relational/Intersubjectivity theory and an introduction to Lacan.

MIP’s “Psychoanalytic Dimensions” courses offer a rich array of 6-week study (or less) of focal areas of psychoanalytic theory and practice. Recent offerings have included in-depth examination of the work of Ogden and Bion, a conversation between practitioners of Kleinian and Relational Theory, Psychoanalysis and James Joyce, psychoanalytic theoretical integration after pluralism, death/dying/bereavement, psychoanalysis and eating disorders, Andre Green and Donald Winnicott and the use of the negative, and many others. (For a more detailed list of “Psychoanalytic Dimensions” courses, please see Member Courses.)

The 4-Year Curriculum

Below is an overview of the current 4-year curriculum for the Training Program in Psychoanalysis:

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
Psychoanalytic Technique I Theories of Development I Theories of Development II – Adolescence Dream Course
Comparative Psychoanalytic Theories I Theory IV: Klein, British and American Object Relations Theorists Freud and Classical Theory Psychoanalytic Technique III
Clinical Seminar I Clinical Seminar III Clinical Seminar V Clinical Seminar VII
Culture and Psychoanalysis Psychoanalytic Technique II Gender and Sexuality Elective
Comparative Psychoanalytic Theories II Theory III: Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis Self Psychology and Contemporary Intersubjective Models Contemporary Theory and Technique
Clinical Seminar II Clinical Seminar IV Clinical Seminar VI Clinical Seminar VIII
1st year candidate schedule
Psychoanalytic Technique I Culture and Psychoanalysis
Comparative Psychoanalytic Theories I Comparative Psychoanalytic Theories II
Clinical Seminar I Clinical Seminar II
2nd year candidate schedule
Theories of Development I Psychoanalytic Technique II
Theory IV: Klein, British and American Object Relations Theorists Theory III: Contemporary Relational Psychoanalysis
Clinical Seminar III Clinical Seminar IV
3rd year candidate schedule
Theories of Development II – Adolescence Gender and Sexuality
Freud and Classical Theory Self Psychology and Contemporary Intersubjective Models
Clinical Seminar V Clinical Seminar VI
4th year candidate schedule
Dream Course Elective
Psychoanalytic Technique III Contemporary Theory and Technique
Clinical Seminar VII Clinical Seminar VIII

The Personal Analysis

MIP regards the personal analysis to be the cornerstone of a candidate’s clinical training. Because MIP does not have a training analyst system, candidates may freely select from the larger Boston community a graduate analyst of their choice who is in good ethical standing and who meets the approval of the MIP Training Committee. Since the privacy of the treatment is deeply respected, the personal analyst does not report to the Institute. Candidates are required to be in a 4 times per week analysis in order to begin to conduct supervised analytic cases. Candidates who have finished an analysis prior to entering MIP may request that analysis be accepted as sufficient to meet the requirement.

Supervised Analyses

Once a personal analysis has either been begun or finished, and with the approval of the Candidate Advisory Committee (CAC) which tracks their educational progress, the candidate may begin to conduct analyses under supervision. Supervisors are chosen from the Boston community by the candidate and approved by the Training Committee. In general, MIP encourages the choice of supervisors from different theoretical persuasions in order to have a fully comparative experience. Three analyses are required for graduation; two must meet four times weekly but the third may be three times a week with modified parameters, such as being conducted face-to-face (instead of using the couch). A total of 200 hours of supervision is required to graduate.

Non-Traditional Case. MIP candidates have the option to work within more flexible parameters than psychoanalytic convention traditionally advocates for one of their three control cases.  This “non-traditional” case is viewed as emphasizing the principles of psychoanalytic treatment without necessarily abiding by such extrinsic measures as the frequency of meetings, diagnostic considerations, the medium of the treatment or its length.


As a training experience, the goal of a non-traditional psychoanalytic approach is to challenge, deepen and expand candidates’ understanding of analytic process as well as to enhance their clinical flexibility as analysts. In order to undertake a non-traditional case, candidates are asked to discuss the case and learning goals with their respective supervisor who, along with the CAC, will help assess the potential for both candidate and patient to engage in a meaningful psychoanalytic treatment experience.  Preferably, the candidate who wishes to pursue a non-traditional case will do so after having experienced at least one traditional case. Two examples of such cases include an individual psychoanalysis concurrent with a group therapy led by the same analyst; a phone analysis with a woman suffering from agoraphobia and unable to leave her home.

The Final Project

For the Final Project, each candidate is required to choose a topic of theoretical or clinical interest to develop and write as an expression of his/her own creative involvement with psychoanalysis. Topics chosen have been highly varied and are always tailored to individual interests. While some projects are written (e.g., paper for publication), others are taught (e.g., teaching a “Psychoanalytic Dimensions” course). The Institute is open to creative and different modes of expression in the final project. The project is developed and presented to the Candidate Advisory Committee as a culmination of candidates’ training. Many projects have been subsequently published.

Candidate Advisory Committee

The Candidate Advisory Committee (CAC) is comprised of all three Supervisors, an appointed Liaison to the MIP Training Committee, and an Advisor if the candidate wishes to include one. The committee meets annually to discuss and promote the candidate’s progress during his or her training experience, to review ongoing cases, and to support the final project. The annual meeting is an opportunity for candidates to talk about their experiences both educationally and clinically and to invite the “team” to partner with them in setting further training-related goals.

Additional Programs and Workshops

MIP offers many opportunities for further learning and specialization beyond the core 4-year curriculum. First, the Training Program in Psychoanalysis offers specialized weekend workshops to candidate cohorts throughout their 4 years such as courses on the work of Beatrice Beebe and Norka Malberg.

Second, the Institute also offers a wide range of programs and workshops to candidates as well as to general members that feature outstanding current analysts from within the United States and abroad. Please click here to see our continuing education offerings.

Sample Course Syllabi

Below are links to two sample course syllabi from the core 4-year curriculum for the Training Program in Psychoanalysis:

CLICK HERE to download the syllabus for: 1st Year, Psychoanalytic Technique I

CLICK HERE to download the syllabus for: 2nd Year, Theory IV: Klein, British, and American Object Relations Theorists


For more detailed information on the Admissions Process please CLICK HERE.

Fees and Tuition

  • $130 Application Fee: Due with the completed application
  •  Candidates pay annual MIP dues during training. $395 Annual dues while in class, $495 when coursework is done.
  • $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

Continuing Education Credits

Contact John Tyler at 617-469-2777 or for information about professional credits.
(617) 469-2777

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